Cardiology

Cardiology deals with disorders of the heart as well as parts of the circulatory system. Heart disease leads to a significant number of deaths worldwide.

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Heart Palpitations Checked

You can only hear your own heartbeat when you focus intently. However, have you ever experienced a period of intense heartbeats propagating at irregular rhythms?

Heart palpitations can come in many forms. This may include: 

  • Fluttering
  • Throbbing
  • Flip-flopping
  • Murmuring
  • Pounding

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In general, most heart palpitations are caused by reasons such as physical exertion, mental stimulation, or the consumption of certain foods. Hence your palpitations may indicate a need to change your lifestyle habits. 

In rare cases, persistent heart palpitation can suggest an underlying medical condition. In these cases, finding a doctor and getting to the bottom of the matter would be necessary. 

Regardless, it’s always better to be safe than sorry! 

In this article, we will explore 5 reasons why you should get your heart palpitation checked.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Not Ignore Your Chest Pains

Chest pains can come in a variety of forms, be it sharp, dull, burning, aching, stabbing, or tightness in your chest. As diverse as the types of chest pains present, the many causes of chest pains can indicate one of the various different issues.

Though you might often associate chest pains with heart attacks, there are other causes that may have led to your chest pains such as lung disorders, muscle and bone injuries, or a digestive system condition.

However minor you think your chest pains are, with certain accompanying symptoms, it may warrant a visit to your doctor. Especially so if your chest pains are lasting beyond 5 minutes. This can indicate a possibility of life-threatening issues pertaining to some of your body’s most important organs: your heart or lungs. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Chest Pain in Singapore (2020)

Different people can experience different types of chest pains. You can experience it as a sharp pain or a dull ache. Sometimes, the pain can travel up the neck, to the jaw, and even spread to your back or arms.

There are many causes for chest pain and while a lot of them are not life-threatening, those involving the heart or lungs can be signs of a more serious problem. If the chest pain persists for more than 5 minutes, please seek medical attention immediately. 

However, if the pain was fleeting or mild, the cause may be something different and chances are they are not related to the heart or lungs.

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The Ultimate Guide to Heart Palpitations in Singapore (2020)

Heart palpitations, as the name suggests, is the feeling of having your heart rate increase, a fluttering or pounding heart. Although it can make you feel worried if you're experiencing these palpitations, this condition is usually harmless.

From my years of experience as a cardiologist, I would like to share this guide so you know what to expect, what causes palpitations, and when a visit to the doctor is needed (or not).

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