That fluttery feeling in your chest might be a lot of fun when you are falling in love. but in normal, everyday life, it may feel more disturbing. Heart palpitations can present as a fluttering in the chest, a feeling of the heart missing a beat, or a pounding of the heart. Some people notice a flip-flopping feeling in the chest or feel as though their heart is beating too fast. Heart palpitations can be attributed to harmless, non-worrisome causes. In other cases, they may be an indication of underlying health issues. Here are 13 causes of heart palpitations, and what they may mean. Consult your doctor if you are noticing unexplained heart symptoms.
Sometimes palpitations are caused by an irregular heart rhythm, known as arrhythmia. There are several types of arrhythmia that can cause rapid heartbeat or palpitations. Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is an arrhythmia in which the upper chambers of the heart contract irregularly. Ventricular fibrillation (VFib) is an arrhythmia of the lower chambers of the heart. Atrial or Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT) occurs when electrical impulses in the upper chambers of the heart fire abnormally, resulting in a rapid heart rate. Your doctor has several tools to aid in the diagnosis of arrhythmia. These include a Holter monitor, transtelephonic monitoring, treadmill testing, and echocardiogram.
12. Premature Ventricular Contractions
Your normal heart rhythm can be disrupted by early contractions of the ventricles of your heart. The ventricles are the two lower chambers of your heart. Your right ventricle is responsible for pumping blood from the heart to your lungs via the pulmonary artery. Meanwhile, your left ventricle pumps blood from your heart into the aorta, and then on to the rest of your body. The extra heartbeats caused by premature ventricular contractions may feel like a fluttering in your chest, a pounding of your heart, or skipped beats. If you are noticing these symptoms, talk with your doctor to determine their source.