Most of the time, they’re caused by stress and anxiety, or because you’ve had too much caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol.
They can also happen when you’re pregnant.
In rare cases, palpitations can be a sign of a more serious heart condition.
So, if you have heart palpitations, see your doctor.
What is a fluttering heart mean?
Heart palpitations (pal-pih-TAY-shuns) are the feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart. Stress, exercise, medication or, rarely, a medical condition can trigger them. Although heart palpitations can be worrisome, they’re usually harmless.
When should I be worried about heart palpitations?
You should call your doctor if your heart palpitations last longer than a few seconds at a time or occur frequently.
If a person’s heart palpitations are accompanied by:
- Loss of consciousness.
- Chest pain.
- Upper body pain.
- Shortness of breath.
- Unusual sweating.
How do you stop heart flutters?
The most appropriate way to treat palpitations at home is to avoid the triggers that cause your symptoms.
- Reduce stress. Try relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga or deep breathing.
- Avoid stimulants.
- Avoid illegal drugs.
Why do I cough when my heart flutters?
Heart palpitations can be caused by anxiety, dehydration, a hard workout or if you’ve consumed caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, or even some cold and cough medications. You can likely attribute this anxiety to a life event like stress at work or home, or a job interview.