Palpitations are a common, unpleasant sensory symptom characterized by a conscious awareness of an abnormal heartbeat [1]. Patient description of palpitations is variable but often include forceful, rapid or irregular beating, the feeling of fluttering, the perception of pauses, or a pounding sensation in the chest or neck. Palpitations are one of the most common complaints reported by outpatients who present to internists and cardiologists [2]. One study of 500 medical encounters demonstrated 16% of visits were prompted by a chief complaint of palpitations [3].


Ventricular Tachycardia Panic Disorder Ambulatory Monitoring Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy Holter Monitor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Cardiology, Department of MedicineUniversity of Rochester Medical CenterRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Division of Electrophysiology, Department of MedicineUniversity of Rochester Medical CenterRochesterUSA

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