Heart Palpitations

What Causes Heart Palpitations?

Heart palpitations can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose heart palpitations, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "heart palpitations" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Myocarditis
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects
  • Fluorosis
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • ADHD
  • Cerebral Gland Dysfunction
  • Stress

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
having elevated TT4 level
moderate unexplained weight gain
deep chest pain
frequent painful urge to defecate
severe tongue swelling
high sensitivity to bright light
refined sugar consumption
paying great attention to detail
physical punishment during childhood
high T3 free level
cysts in breasts
occasional rotten egg burps
... and more than 140 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of heart palpitations:
Cause Probability Status
Myocarditis 90% Confirm
Cerebral Gland Dysfunction 28% Unlikely
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects 25% Unlikely
Fluorosis 5% Ruled out
ADHD 0% Ruled out
Hyperthyroidism 0% Ruled out
Stress 0% Ruled out
Mercury Toxicity 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Cardiovascular Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about heart palpitations:
Does your heart sometimes race or palpitate such that you can feel it beating?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally / moderately
→ Often / severely
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate heart racing/palpitations, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Caffeine Intoxication
Caffeine intoxication can cause a rapid or 'pounding' heart rate.
Environmental Illness / MCS
Heart palpitations and dysrhythmias can be caused by chemical exposures in sensitized individuals.

Related Questions

Cardiovascular Symptoms