How are palpitations treated?

Treatment depends on what is causing the palpitations. Your doctor will use the results of the diagnostic tests to determine if you have any underlying heart disease causing the symptoms. He or she will also see if the symptom is actually related to an abnormal heart rhythm. In most cases, if you are otherwise healthy, no treatment will be necessary. If you notice palpitations occur with certain activities or food, you should avoid those activities.

If the heart palpitations bother you and you have other health problems, your doctor will determine an appropriate treatment plan that may include medications or more invasive procedures, surgery or implantation of an electrical to restore a normal heart rhythm, or correct an underlying heart problem.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/01/2019.

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