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Palpitations describes the symptom of an increased awareness of your heart beat. Your heart may feel like it’s pounding, fluttering or beating irregularly and/or fast. This can last for a few seconds or minutes at a time. These sensations may also be felt in the throat or neck.
Palpitations may feel alarming, but in most cases they’re harmless and are not a sign of a serious problem. If they only happen occasionally, there’s usually no reason to see a doctor. However, it may be a good idea to see a doctor if the palpitations:
- last for a long time, or do not improve or get worse over time
- if you have a history of heart problems
- are associated with chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness or blackouts