Stroke: During irregular or rapid heartbeat of upper chambers of the heart (atrial fibrillation), Causes blood to lodge and form clots. If these blood clots break, they can travel into blood vessels of the brain which results in stroke
How are palpitations diagnosed?
Electrocardiogram: This is a noninvasive test, to check the electrical activity of the heart which determines rate and rhythm.
Echocardiogram: Utilizes ultrasound images to check chambers, valves of the heart
Holter monitoring: Patient is advised to wear a portable device to record continuous ECG for about 24 to 72 hours.
Event monitoring: If a patient presents a normal heartbeat during Holter monitoring or palpitation present weekly once, a doctor might recommend an event monitor. A small device intended to monitor heartbeat over a week to a month.
How are palpitation managed?
Beta-blockers to control the heart’s rhythm and rate