Palpitations Overview (cont.)
John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- What are palpitations?
- What are the different types of palpitations?
- What are the signs and symptoms of palpitations?
- How are palpitations diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for palpitations?
- What is the prognosis for palpitations?
- Can palpitations be prevented?
- Find a local Cardiologist in your town
Can palpitations be prevented?
Some causes of palpitations, including atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter may be due to underlying heart disease, especially ischemic heart disease. Risk factors that can be controlled include lifelong control of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, plus smoking cessation.
Some patients with palpitations will benefit from avoiding caffeine, alcohol, over-the-counter cold medications (especially those that contain pseudoephedrine), herbal medications, and other stimulants.
Longo, Dan, et al. Harrisons's Principles of Internal Medicine. 18th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2011.
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