Heart Palpitations | Overview


What are heart palpitations?

Heartbeats that are hard and fast are called palpitations (say: pal-pit-ay-shuns). It is normal to hear or feel your heart "pounding" as it beats faster when you exercise or do other physical activities. But if you have palpitations, you might feel your heart pounding while you are just sitting still or moving slowly.


Diagnostic Approach to Palpitations by AV Abbott, MD (American Family Physician February 15, 2005, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20050215/743.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 03/05