Health problems that affect the heart require immediate treatment to minimize complications and save a person’s life. Our team at iCare ER and Urgent Care understands the urgency of immediate heart treatments, and we offer on-demand emergency services when you need them the most. If you suspect that you are having a problem with your heart, then we encourage you to visit our emergency room as soon as possible.
Signs of Heart Palpitations
Some types of heart palpitations are completely normal, while others are a red flag for a serious health condition. Only an experienced medical expert can help you determine the cause of your heart palpitations and whether treatment is needed. It is important to be informed about common signs of palpitations, so you know when to visit the emergency room.
The most common description of heart palpitations is the feeling you have when your heart is pounding or racing. For example, the sensation you experience after sprinting up a flight of stairs.
If you have palpitations, then your heart might feel like it is:
- Beating too strongly
- Beating too quickly
- Beating in irregular patterns
- Skipping heartbeats
- Fluttering rapidly
- Flip-flopping in the chest
What Causes Heart Palpitations?
While a heart condition can be an underlying cause of palpitations, other unrelated health concerns can contribute to these symptoms.
Common causes of palpitations include:
- A strong emotional response (anxiety, stress, or panic)
- Strenuous exercise
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Stimulants, such as cocaine, nicotine, and caffeine
- Medications with pseudoephedrine (often in cough or cold medications)
- Hormonal changes
- Abnormal heart rhythm
Should You Visit an ER for Heart Palpitations?
In a healthy person, the intensity of the heartbeat will subside within a minute or so after running up the stairs. But if your palpitations don’t go away quickly, then you might need to head to your local emergency room.
Pay attention to other symptoms that are accompanying the heart palpitations.
If the palpitations are occurring with the following list of symptoms, then you should head to the ER without delay:
- Chest pain
- Chest discomfort
- Shortness of breath
When the palpitations are caused by something other than a heart condition, then you have minimal risk of serious complications. But palpitations caused by a heart problem can lead to cardiac arrest, heart failure, or stroke.
An important thing to keep in mind: if you have a history of heart disease, then you should always talk to a doctor if your heart palpitations change or worsen.
ER Services for Heart Palpitations
When you visit our emergency room, we will determine the underlying cause of the palpitations. Tests might include an electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, heart monitoring, and more. Once a diagnosis is determined, then a treatment plan can be designed to help with the underlying condition.
If it is determined that heart palpitations are not caused by a heart condition, then the doctor will provide recommendations to help you avoid the triggers that led to the episode.
Don’t hesitate to visit with our experienced ER team if you suspect that medical treatment is needed. Not only do we offer emergency services, but our clinic also includes Urgent Care where you can access general medical care. We complete an initial examination when you arrive to determine the appropriate level of care for your condition.
At iCare ER and Urgent Care, we offer several convenient locations, including offices in Frisco and Fort Worth. Are you experiencing an emergency? Then it is best to call 911 or come to our ER right away. Feel free to call any time if you have questions about the services offered in our emergency room: (214) 407-8668.