Palpitations and arrhythmia

Steven Scholfield, Lucy Priestner

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Palpitations are symptoms of a noticeable heartbeat, and they can feel like a fluttering, forceful, or sinking feeling in the chest. Due to their nature, many patients present with fears of a serious underlying cardiac disorder, leading to heightened anxieties and concern; as such, the role of the general practitioner is to differentiate between those with benign symptoms (offering reassurance in the process), and those who require further investigation in secondary care. This article aims to assist in this decision-making process, highlighting important clinical findings from the history, examination and investigations, as well as the most up-to-date referral and lifestyle-related guidelines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)596 - 600
JournalInnovAiT: Education and inspiration for general practice
Early online date23 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023


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