Our expert says:
There are many different kind of palpitations and you don't mention which kind you have. Also, it is important to know whether or
not you have any underlying heart disease. The significance of palpitations may depend on the company they keep - in other words minor rhythm abnormalities in young people with healthy hearts are almost always harmless and can safely be ignored.
Also it is usually better not to treat them with drugs, which often do not work and often cause side-effects, and they often disappear on their own without treatment.
On the other hand some palpitations - usually in young women fast regular rhythms which persist for minutes or hours at a time - are due to abnormal electrical pathways in the heart and are best treated, either with drugs or sometimes with so called "ablation" techniques which can permanently cure the tendency to abnormal rhythms.
Your cardiologist should be able to explain all this to you and answer your questions, so my advice would be to go back to your him/her and ask firstly do you have any structural heart disease and secondly what kind of palpitations you have. You are then welcome to e mail me again.
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