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      Category : Health Centers > Heart Diseases


Alternate Names : Irregular Heartbeat, Arrhythmia

Palpitations | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Prevention is related to the cause. For example, if palpitations are caused by anxiety, the use of an anti-anxiety medication may prevent this condition. Avoiding the precipitating factors such as certain medications, coffee, tea, or alcohol can prevent palpitations. Many causes cannot be prevented.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Sometimes palpitations may be a warning sign of underlying heart disease. If palpitations are caused by a problem with the heart, death can occur if the condition is not diagnosed and treated. In children, palpitations are usually more of a nuisance than a medical problem.

What are the risks to others?

There are no risks to others.

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Palpitations: Treatment & Monitoring

Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Reviewer: Eric Berlin, MD
Date Reviewed: 06/07/01

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