How do you know if your heart palpitations are serious?

Consultant cardiologist Dr. Navin Chandra explains how do you know if your heart palpitations are serious and need a check up.

It can be tricky to know if palpitations that you suffer are serious or not. Palpitations can be very common and are very normal in a lot of circumstances. However, the time that I think you should worry about palpitations, first and foremost is, if you’re worried about them yourself.

You ultimately, as the patient, will know yourself a lot better than any doctor will, and if you’re concerned about the palpitations you’re feeling, it’s always worth getting it checked out.

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Specifically, I’m more concerned when I hear about palpitations if they’re prolonged. If they are not going away with rest, and get worse in fact, over a period of time. If they’re happening more and more frequently, and happening several times a day. If they’re associated with other symptoms as well, like chest tightness, breathlessness, dizziness or even blackouts. That would perhaps get alarm bells ringing for me as a cardiologist, and I certainly want to evaluate you in a more detailed way to understand what those palpitations mean from a heart perspective.

I strongly urge you to take our heart disease online self-test to assess your risk of developing heart disease in the future. It will take you less than five minutes and will give you a good idea if you are at increased risk and whether or not you need to see a specialist.

About the cardiologists

The Many Beats team consists of not one, but four highly experienced consultant cardiologists

Dr Navtej Chahal

Consultant Cardiologist

PhD FESC FACC

Navtej is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at the London Northwest NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton Hospital, London having qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in 2001. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London

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Dr Navin Chandra

Consultant Cardiologist

MD, MRCP, MBBS, BSc

Navin is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He is also a Consultant Cardiologist at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified from Guy’s, King’s & St. Thomas’s in 2004...

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Dr Ahmed Elghamaz

Consultant Cardiologist

FRCP, MB BCh

Ahmed is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at Northwick Park Hospital and London North West Healthcare University Hospitals NHS Trust and is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He completed his junior…

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Dr Joban Sehmi

Consultant Cardiologist

BSc, MBBS, MRCP, PhD

Joban is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. His NHS practice is at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS trust. He sees patients privately at Spire in Bushey and Bishops Wood Hospital in Northwood. He trained in medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ medical school and qualified in 2003 with numerous academic awards…

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