Palpitations is the abnormal sensation of the heartbeat. This may manifest as sensation of heart beating faster than usual, skipped beats or simply feeling like “something is not right”. While a presumptive diagnosis is often made on the description of the sensation, a definitive diagnosis has to be made when an ECG is taken during the sensation itself to document what the heart is doing at that specific point in time. Thus, the diagnosis may potentially be obtained by getting a 24 hour monitoring of the heart rhythm via a patch pasted on the chest.
The underlying cause of palpitations can be benign or due to conditions which may potentially be life threatening. Hence, prompt evaluation and clinical assessment is often needed to ascertain if your sensation of palpitations is due to a cause which can potentially be dangerous.