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Living With Palpitations

Most palpitations are harmless and often go away on their own. Treatment usually isn’t needed in these cases. Your doctor may advise you to avoid triggers for palpitations. (For more information, go to "How Are Palpitations Treated?")

Your doctor may have already told you that your palpitations are harmless. Even so, see your doctor again if they get worse, start to occur more often, become more noticeable or bothersome, or occur with other symptoms.

Your doctor will tell you about other signs and symptoms to be aware of and when to seek emergency care.

A medical condition or heart problem might be the cause of your palpitations. If so, your doctor will give you advice and treatment for your condition.

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