Heart palpitations feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart. Stress, exercise, medication or, rarely, a medical condition can trigger them.

Although heart palpitations can be worrisome, they're usually harmless. Rarely, heart palpitations can be a symptom of a more serious heart condition, such as an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), that might require treatment.


Heart palpitations can feel like the heart is:

  • Beating too fast
  • Flip-flopping
  • Fluttering rapidly
  • Pounding
  • Skipping beats
  • Heart palpitations may be felt in the throat or neck as well as the chest. They can occur during activity or at rest.


Often the cause of heart palpitations can't be found. Common causes include:

  • Strong emotional responses, such as stress, anxiety or panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Stimulants, including caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, amphetamines, and cold and cough medications that contain pseudoephedrine
  • Fever
  • Hormone changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy or menopause
  • Too much or too little thyroid hormone
  • Occasionally heart palpitations can be a sign of a serious problem, such as an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia).

Arrhythmias might cause a very fast heartbeat (tachycardia), an unusually slow heartbeat (bradycardia), a heartbeat that varies from a typical heart rhythm or a combination of the three.


Risk factors for heart palpitations include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety disorder or panic attack
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medicines that contain stimulants, such as some cold or asthma medications
  • An overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)

Other heart problems, such as irregular heartbeats, structural heart changes, previous heart attack or previous heart surgery


For palpitations caused by a heart condition, possible complications may include:

Fainting. If the heart beats rapidly, blood pressure can drop, causing the person to faint. This is more likely in those with a heart problem, such as congenital heart disease or certain valve problems.

Cardiac arrest. Rarely, palpitations can be caused by life-threatening heartbeat problems and can cause the heart to stop beating effectively.

Stroke. If palpitations are due to a condition in which the upper chambers of the heart quiver instead of beating properly (atrial fibrillation), blood can pool and cause clots to form. If a clot breaks loose, it can block a brain artery, causing a stroke.

Heart failures. Certain arrhythmias can reduce the heart's pumping ability. Sometimes, controlling the rate of an arrhythmia that's causing heart failure can improve the heart's function.


The medicines that can be thought of use are:-

  • Nat mur
  • Ferrum met
  • Digitalis
  • Spigelia
  • Aurum met