Heart Palpitations Specialist

Laurelton Heart Specialists

Cardiologist & Internal Medicine located in Rosedale, NY

Stress and exercise may lead to heart palpitations. But the change in the beating of your heart may also be a sign of a more serious health issue. At Laurelton Heart Specialists, located in the Rosedale neighborhood of Queens, renowned board-certified cardiologist Ola Akinboboye, MD, MPH, MBA, and his team take a comprehensive approach to cardiac care and utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and techniques to diagnose and treat heart palpitations. To schedule an appointment at the New York City office, call or book online today.

Heart Palpitations Q&A

What are heart palpitations?

Heart palpitations are a change in the beat or rhythm of your heart that you can feel. You may feel your heart beating too fast or irregularly, or it may feel as though your heart is skipping a beat.

Heart palpitations are rarely a serious health condition. However, changes in the rhythm of your heart shouldn’t be ignored and the experienced team at Laurelton Heart Specialists can provide the answers you need. 

What are heart palpitation symptoms?

Heart palpitations cause you to be more aware of the beating of your heart. Some of the symptoms you may experience include:

  • Fast heart rate
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid fluttering
  • Heart pounding

 

You may feel the heart palpitations in your chest, neck, or throat, and they may occur during exercise or at rest. 

What causes heart palpitations?

The exact cause of your heart palpitations isn’t always known. However, the changes in your heartbeat may be due to stress, exercise, or stimulants such as caffeine. 

However, your heart palpitations may be a sign of an issue related to your heart, such as:

Tachycardia

Tachycardia is a heart rhythm disorder that causes your heart to beat faster than normal while at rest. The changes in the rhythm of your heart may be caused by various heart conditions, such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, or ventricular fibrillation.

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)

POTS is an orthostatic condition that affects blood flow. People with POTS are unable to maintain a consistent blood pressure and may experience rapid changes in heart rate and blood pressure. Lightheadedness, fainting, and a rapid and uncomfortable increase in heartbeat are also common. 

How are heart palpitations diagnosed?

Laurelton Heart Specialists is a full-service cardiology practice that offers advanced diagnostic testing to assess heart health and determine the cause of your heart palpitations. 

During your evaluation, the team reviews your symptoms and medical history and then completes a physical exam. Additional testing may include an echocardiogram, stress test, and bloodwork. 

How are heart palpitations treated?

The cardiology team at Laurelton Heart Specialists develops individualized treatment plans for the management of your heart palpitations based on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. In many cases, treatment isn’t necessary at all.

However, if the cardiologists at Laurelton Heart Specialists determine that your heart palpitations are due to an underlying heart rhythm disorder or POTS, the team develops plans specific to your needs. 

To schedule an evaluation for your heart palpitations, call Laurelton Heart Specialists or use the online booking tool.