Heart palpitation is an abnormal alertness of the heartbeat and it is a very common symptom. People who suffer from heart palpitation describe them either as "skips" in the heartbeat (that means a break, frequently followed by a strong beat) or speedy and irregular heartbeats. Lots of people with palpitations overlook them, but others find them very disturbing and terrifying, and some people also get troubled that they are about to die at any instant. Luckily, in 99 percent cases heart palpitations are not life threatening; it is only heart rhythm disturbances.
Heart palpitations are also known as palpitations, heartbeat sensations, rapid heart rate, racing heart, irregular heartbeat and tachycardia. In some cases of heart palpitations, patient donít have any heart disease or abnormal heart rhythms, so the reasons for their palpitations are unidentified. But in general, palpitations causes because of abnormal heart rhythms that is also called as arrhythmias.
Arrhythmias is basically refer to heartbeats that are too slow, too rapid, asymmetrical (irregular), or too early.
- In case of speedy or rapid arrhythmias heartbeat is greater than 100 beats per minute and it is known as tachycardias.
- In case of slow arrhythmias heartbeat get slower than 60 beats per minute and it is known as bradycardias.
- Irregularity in heart rhythms are known as fibrillations
- When heartbeat occurs earlier than normal, it is known as premature contraction, and this can cause the feeling of a powerful heartbeat.