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Who gets palpitations?

Palpitations affect almost everyone at some stage of their life. Some medical conditions that can cause palpitations include: previous heart problems (heart valve problems, heart defect at birth or heart attack); psychiatric disorders (e.g., panic attacks, anxiety and depression); high levels of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism); low blood sugar levels; high output of the heart in situations such as pregnancy, anemia or fever, and; medications such as pseudoephedrine (some cold and cough medicines) and salbutamol (used for asthma).

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)


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