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Causes of Palpitations

Introduction: Palpitations

Palpitations are often associated with cardiac arrhythmias, in which the heart is beating irregularly and/or is beating too fast (tachycardia). Common cardiac arrhythmias that result in palpitations include supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia, and atrial fibrillation.

Palpitations can also occur with other cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, dissecting aortic aneurysm, angina, pericarditis, and heart failure.

Palpitations can also be a system of many body systems and other types of diseases. For example, palpitations can be due to diseases, disorders and conditions of the gastrointestinal system, such as GERD, peptic ulcer, indigestion, pancreatitis or gallstones. Hyperthyroidism is another cause of palpitations.

In the respiratory system, palpitations may be experienced by people with certain diseases or complications of these diseases injuries that can cause a rapid heart rate. These include pneumonia acute bronchitis, bronchiolitis, asthma, COPD, pulmonary embolism, asthma, and pulmonary edema.

Palpitations can also be due to a variety of traumatic injuries that can cause a rapid heart rate, such as chest trauma that results in a collapsed lung or hemopneumothorax. Palpitations can also be caused by anemia, septic shock, and hypovolemic shock.

Certain medications and substances can cause palpitations. These include coffee and any drink or product that contains caffeine, diet drugs, stimulants, amphetamines, and certain cold medications, such as ephedrine, and pseudoephedrine. Street drugs that can cause palpitations include ecstasy, methamphetamine, LSD, marijuana, cocaine, and PCP.

Because palpitations can be a symptom of a serious or life-threatening disease, condition or disorder, they should immediately be evaluated by a physician or other licensed health care provider.

Causes of Palpitations:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Palpitations. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

Causes of Palpitations listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Palpitations as a symptom include:

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Conditions listing medical symptoms: Palpitations:

The following list of conditions have 'Palpitations' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Palpitations:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Palpitations' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. This computer-generated list of complications may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.



  • Hyperthyroidism ... atrial fibrillation, paroxysmal atrial tachycardia, tachycardia



More Information About Palpitations

List of 566 causes of Palpitations

This section shows a full list of all the diseases and conditions listed as a possible cause of Palpitations in our database from various sources.

Palpitations: Tools

Drug side effect causes of Palpitations

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins may possibly cause Palpitations as a side effect.

[See detailed list of 1116 drug side effect causes of Palpitations]

Drug interaction causes of Palpitations:

Drug interactions may be a possible cause of Palpitations.

  • Dymelor and alcohol interaction
  • Diabinese and alcohol interaction
  • Amaryl and alcohol interaction
  • Glucotrol and alcohol interaction
  • Glucotrol XL and alcohol interaction
[See detailed list of 1403 drug interaction causes of Palpitations]

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