Palpitations

Being aware of your heart beat

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What are palpitations?

Palpitations is an awareness of your heart beat.

There are many possible causes of palpitations. They are common and very normal, certainly in the context of vigorous exercise or a stressful situation. You may experience palpitations when watching your favourite football team play, for example.Feeling stressed in the current circumstances is understandable.

Fortunately, with our video appointments, we can relieve you of any anxiety and help you get to the bottom of the problem from the safety of your home.

About palpitations

In this video, Dr Navin Chandra explains what you need to know about palpitations.
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Supplementary information about palpitations

Here, we’ve summarised the most important points about palpitations

Palpitations are an awareness of your heart beating.

There are many causes of palpitations and often this can be entirely normal such as during or immediately after vigorous exercise or in stressful situations. You may experience palpitations whilst watching your favourite football team, for example.

Palpitations are typically felt in the chest but can also be felt in the neck or ears. They can last from a few seconds to many minutes and can come on suddenly or gradually. They can feel like:

  • The heart is ‘missing’ a beat or ‘skipping’ a beat
  • The heart is beating irregularly
  • A pounding or thumping sensation
  • A fluttering sensation in the chest
  • A ‘nervous’ feeling

There are many possible causes of palpitations.

Everyone will experience palpitations at some point in their life, for example in the context of vigorous exercise or a stressful situation. You may experience palpitations when watching your favourite football team play, for example.

Causes include:

  • Heart rhythm problems
  • Heart conditions
  • Emotions and psychological triggers
  • Medications
  • Hormone changes
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Lack of sleep
  • Caffeine drinks – coffee, tea and energy drinks
  • Alcohol and hangovers
  • Rich or spicy food
  • Smoking
  • Illegal drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, ecstasy and cannabis

Although palpitations are usually benign, they can be associated with heart disease or a heart rhythm abnormality.

There are in fact many different types of heart rhythm abnormality including fast rhythms, slow rhythms or irregular rhythms. Some of these are more serious than others and can compromise the function of the heart.

It can be challenging to know if your palpitations are serious. Palpitations can be common in a lot of circumstances. However, if you are worried about them, it is definitely worth further evaluation.

Features that make palpitations more concerning include:

  • If they are prolonged
  • If they do not go away with rest
  • If they get worse with exercise
  • If they are increasing in frequency and/or intensity
  • If they are associated with other symptoms like chest tightness, breathlessness, dizziness or blackouts

At Many Beats it is our prerogative to diagnose your symptoms as early as possible and get you reassurance and support so you can live a long and healthy life.

We do this through comprehensive evaluation of you as an individual, risk factor assessment and appropriate investigations to get the correct answer for you.

Please book an appointment for a face to face consultation with one of our Cardiology team experts or book the Many Beats Complete Package to help us guide you on your journey to a healthy heart lifestyle.

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The Many Beats ‘Complete’ package offers clients a comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation that will assess all aspects of your heart health. This package will be tailored to your individual needs following a face-to-face consultation. Our experts will choose appropriate, state-of-the-art investigations to assess your risk of heart disease and your symptoms, if you have any.

These can include: cholesterol/diabetes blood tests, heart rhythm monitoring, blood pressure assessment, stress tests, scans of your heart and your arteries.

Treatment

Once you have seen one of our Cardiologists and completed your tests we will arrange a follow-up appointment with you to review your results and their implications. If your symptoms indicate heart disease we will start a personalised treatment plan immediately. Treatment approaches usually involve one or more of:

  • Lifestyle changes – including diet and exercise advice
  • Medication – to treat risk factors for heart disease and specific symptoms
  • Medical procedures or surgery – to understand the exact nature of your heart disease and work towards definitive treatment.

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More information on heart disease

We’ve produced many informative videos and blog posts so you can educate yourself about heart disease risk factors, symptoms, tests and treatments.

Read more about heart disease

Educate yourself further about your heart health by reading the links below

To learn more about cardiovascular disease, including the causes and prevention techniques, click here.

The NHS has an informative write-up on cardiovascular diseases, which can be found here.

A great test that tells the myths and facts about your heart health can be found here.

If you would like an excellent overview of the symptoms of heart attacks, please click here.

If you would like to learn more about all the types of heart diseases, please click here for more information.

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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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