Heart Palpitations Specialist

Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists

Cardiovascular Specialists & Interventional Cardiologists located in Downriver Area, Southgate, MI

Do you feel like your heart is beating too fast? You may be experiencing heart palpitations. Though not always a serious health condition, the team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists recommends you schedule an appointment if your heart palpitations are frequent or occur during unusual circumstances. A heart that beats too fast or too slow may be a sign that the electrical signals in your heart are off. For an appointment, call the office in the Downriver area of Southgate, Michigan, or book online today.

Heart Palpitations Q & A

What are heart palpitations?

With heart palpitations, you may feel as though your heart is beating too fast or too hard, or it may feel as though your heart is fluttering or skipping a beat. You may feel the sensations in your chest or neck, and they may occur during activity or at rest. 

Heart palpitations are common and usually harmless. However, if your heart is beating too fast or too slow during non-standard circumstances, then the electrical signals in your heart are off and should be evaluated by the experts at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists.

You should also schedule a consultation with the cardiovascular specialists if you feel like your heart beats too early, you have extra heartbeats, or you feel like your heart is skipping a beat.

What causes heart palpitations?

Heart palpitations may occur from any number of causes, including social or medical. Common causes of heart palpitations include:

  • Stress
  • Stimulants (e.g., caffeine, nicotine)
  • Atopic or allergic reaction 
  • High-intensity aerobic exercise
  • Depression
  • Thyroid problems
  • Hormonal changes during menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause
  • Fever

Your family history may also be contributing factors to the development of your heart palpitations. 

Your heart palpitations may also occur from an underlying heart condition, such as an arrhythmia that causes a premature heartbeat or extra heartbeats. 

What happens during an evaluation for heart palpitations?

When you come in to see the experts at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists for a heart palpitation consultation, you can expect a comprehensive exam.

During your evaluation, your provider reviews your symptoms, medical and family history, and lifestyle habits that may contribute to your heart palpitations. Then, they perform a physical exam and run various diagnostic tests to assess heart health. 

Testing may include an electrocardiogram (EKG), encephalogram (EEG), stress testing, Holter monitor, or an echocardiogram. 

How are heart palpitations treated?

Treatment for your heart palpitations depends on the underlying cause. If the team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists can’t find any heart problem to explain your symptoms, then they may recommend lifestyle changes to manage your palpitations.

If the team determines your heart palpitations are due to an arrhythmia, they provide treatment to help restore the natural rhythm of your heartbeat, which may include cardioversion, placement of a pacemaker, or medication. 

To schedule a comprehensive evaluation for heart palpitations, call Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists, or book an appointment online today.