Understanding Palpitations or Irregular Heart Rhythm

A person with a normal heartbeat will have a rate of 60 to 100 heartbeats per minute. Palpitations, which causes an irregular heart rhythm, can occur with or without heart disease. You may be experiencing a heartbeat with a rate that is going too slow or fast. Not everyone experiences symptoms with arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rates. If you see a cardiologist, they may give you simple suggestions you can do at home to help with your abnormal heart rate.

Causes of Palpitations


For some patients, palpitations may occur due to a disease of the heart muscle, valves, or coronary arteries. A heart doctor in Webster can diagnose a heart disease and begin treatment. Palpitations may also occur due to a disease of your heart’s electrical system while the rest of your heart is healthy.

Other causes of palpitations include:

  • Medications
  • Excess consumption of alcohol
  • Excessive levels of the thyroid hormone
  • Low blood oxygen levels
  • Stress
  • Smoking


When you visit a heart doctor, they will discuss your lifestyle and conduct tests to determine what is causing your heart to beat irregularly. From there they can determine what the best treatment is for you.

Treatment Options for Palpitations


If you are experiencing palpitations but do not have arrhythmia or a heart disease, there may be no need for a specific treatment. A cardiologist may recommend you reduce any emotional and physical stress while monitoring your symptoms to ensure they are decreasing.

If you have an underlying heart disease may undergo surgery. Valve repair surgery and/or surgical valve replacement may be advised in order to correct a problem with the heart muscle or heart valve.

Others who are also experiencing periods of dizziness or loss of consciousness, also known as syncope, may be evaluated by a heart electrical specialist who can detect abnormal electrical pathways.

Irregular heart rhythm that is associated with heart disease can be a serious medical condition that should be checked out by a cardiologist. In addition to living a healthy lifestyle at home with proper nutrition and regular exercise, you may be able to help alleviate stress and cause your heart beat to maintain a regular rhythm without medications or surgery depending on your specific situation.

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Dr. Huang has rich experience in the diagnosis and management of the most complex cardiovascular issues. These include but not limited to:
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Chest pain/Chest discomfort
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

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