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
- Cerebral Gland Dysfunction
- Caffeine Intoxication
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:
specific muscle weakness
major unexplained weight loss
having loose stools
frequent difficulty falling asleep
elevated free T4
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:
|Cerebral Gland Dysfunction
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
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?
→ 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: