Heart Palpitations | Diagnosis & Tests


How will my doctor find out what is causing my palpitations?

Your doctor will examine you and ask you about any medicines you are taking, your diet and if you have panic attacks. Your doctor may want you to have a resting electrocardiogram test. This test keeps track of your heartbeat over a certain amount of time. Your doctor also may test your blood.

If these tests do not show what is causing your palpitations, your doctor may have you wear a heart monitor for 1 to 14 days. This monitor will show any breaks in your heart's rhythm. Your doctor might refer you to a cardiologist (a heart doctor) for more tests or treatment.


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