Heart Palpitations | Prevention


What can I do to help prevent palpitations?

  • Do not use illegal street drugs, such as cocaine.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.
  • Tell your doctor what medicines and herbal supplements you take, how much alcohol you drink, and if you use anything else that might cause palpitations.
  • Keep track of your palpitations. Write down the time that they happen and what you were doing when they began. Give this information to your doctor.


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

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

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