Women's Heart Advisor October 2007 Issue

Palpitations: The no. 1 Reason Women Visit a Cardiologist

The good news is, most palpitations are not a cause for concern and usually resolve without treatment.

Every woman who reads romance novels knows the heroine’s heart flutters at the sight of her lover. It happens in real life, too, but not always for romantic reasons. Palpitations are the most common symptom of an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) and a primary reason why women seek the care of a cardiologist: the sensation is simply frightening. "Thirty to 40 percent of Women’s Cardiovascular Center patients come to us complaining of palpitations. In the vast majority, the palpitations are harmless and disappear on their own," says center director Leslie Cho, MD.

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