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Having palpitations

Tags: heart

I have had arrhythmia since 6 months. It's getting more and more frequent. 1 ECG showed nothing special but during that time my heart was perfectly fine. What do you recommend? Thanks

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The answer

If you are having a frequency of palpitations we would suggest you follow up with your GP.

An ECG will only show what is happening with your hearts electrical activity within the 6 seconds that the ECG is taken. A snapshot of what is happening at that time. We would suggest you discuss a 24 hour heart monitor with your GP where you wear a small heart monitor for a 24 hour period and this can capture the arrhythmia and identify the type of arrhythmia as this will dictate treatment. Sometimes you may need to repeat this process a few times to capture the arrhythmia.

You may also want to look at how much caffeine you are taking in as an excess can increase palpitations.

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