This Month's Topic

  • Heart Arrhythmias

    Featuring Freddy Del-Carpio, MD,
    Heart Rhythm Specialist at
    Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse

Atrial fibrillation from

Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm problem. More than 2 million Americans have this condition, which can cause palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue and stroke.

Heart arrhythmias from

Heart rhythm problems occur when the electrical impulses in your heart that coordinate your heartbeats don’t function properly, causing your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.

What should you do if you experience heart palpitations?

If you have heart palpitations with severe shortness of breath, chest pain or fainting, you should seek emergency medical attention immediately. If your palpitations are brief and there are no other worrisome signs or symptoms, make an appointment to see your doctor. Your doctor can help you find out if your palpitations are harmless or a symptom of a more serious heart condition.