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
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Cerebral Gland Dysfunction
  • Arrhythmias
  • Caffeine Intoxication
  • ADHD
  • Fluorosis

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:
vision disturbances
specific muscle weakness
major unexplained weight loss
having loose stools
frequent 'chills'
hypoglycemia
frequent difficulty falling asleep
elevated free T4
hyperthyroidism
arrhythmia
severe vision disturbances
depression with anxiety
... and more than 90 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
Arrhythmias 96% Confirm
Hypoglycemia 28% Unlikely
Fluorosis 12% Unlikely
Caffeine Intoxication 1% Ruled out
Cerebral Gland Dysfunction 0% Ruled out
ADHD 0% Ruled out
Myocarditis 0% Ruled out
Hyperthyroidism 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.