There are many different feelings that people describe as palpitation. Sometimes the heart is felt to be beating too fast, sometimes too slow, sometimes too forcefully, sometimes it becomes irregular.

Whatever the nature of the palpitation that is experienced usually the use of a cardiac monitor allows your doctor to see exactly what the heart rhythm is doing at the time.

Your doctor can usually determine the likely nature of your palpitation by listening to you and asking you to describe them. You should not the approximate number of heart beats that occur in each 15 seconds and you should note whether they are regular or irregular and any other symptoms you feel.

Keeping a diary of the palpitation and what you are doing at the time can help your doctor.

Sometimes heart beats can feel more forceful but the rhythm doesn’t change, at other times rhythm changes are recorded on the device.

Request a consultant and discuss your palpitation further.