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Heart palpitations occur when your heart beats outside its normal rhythm, which can last just a few seconds or a couple of minutes.
It’s sometimes described as your heart racing, a heart flutter, or an irregular heartbeat.
While this is often a one-off and nothing to worry about, if you find your heart palpitations are accompanied by symptoms such as dizziness, a tight chest or trouble breathing, this could be a sign of something serious and you should speak to a doctor straight away.
As with many medications, treating your heart palpitations will depend on what’s causing them in the first place.
For example, if the problem is stress-related, you can be taught relaxation and mind management techniques that will help you stay calm.
If your irregular heartbeat is triggered by a particular food or other substance, your doctor will probably advise you to limit or even stop using them.
However, if a physical problem with your heart or blood is to blame, your doctor will outline your treatment options, which can include medication.
If this is needed, they’ll write you a prescription that you’ll be able to collect from a pharmacy of your choice.
The list of potential reasons for your heart palpitations is a long one. It could be due to:
When heart palpitations occur very regularly, this could suggest that you have a serious heart condition.
If you’re at all concerned, see a doctor as soon as possible to find out why your irregular heartbeat is happening.