The evaluation and management of palpitations

Elizabeth R. Keeler, Robert K. Morris, Dolar S. Patolia, Eugene Toy

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Palpitations, defined as an awareness of one's heartbeat, is a common complaint, reported by up to 16% of patients during physician office visits. Although palpitations may be indicative of worrisome arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death, they are usually associated with benign etiologies. A systematic approach with a detailed history and physical examination, an electrocardiogram, and selective testing will reveal the etiology in over 80% of cases. Palpitations associated with chest pain, dyspnea, syncope, or cardiac disease are worrisome. Thus, as a primary care physician, the obstetrician/gynecologist must be skilled in detecting cardiac pathology and proficient in the evaluation and management of palpitations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-205
Number of pages7
JournalPrimary Care Update for Ob/Gyns
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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