Palpitation is the usually uncomfortable noticing of one’s heartbeat. The heartbeat is stronger (palpitations) and often too fast or irregular (skipped heartbeat). Palpitations may cause fear, but in most cases they are harmless. The heartbeat can be too fast, too slow, too strong or arrhythmic.
Palpitations are a clinical presentation more often in young women. It can be a symptom of harmless palpitations, for example caused by consuming coffee or tea, a harmless tachycardia (racing heartbeat), side effects of a medication (e.g. asthma medication such as Beta-2-Agonist), or non-organic conditions (e.g. panic disorders or somatisation disorder), or in rarer cases be caused by anaemia. A certain degree of stronger noticeable heartbeat is often harmless. For example lack of exercise or excitement can lead to a stronger perception of the heartbeat.
Every person notices their own heartbeat every now and then; it can for example be a sign of excitement. However, some conditions can also lead to a noticeable heartbeat, e.g. heart conditions such as heart valve defects or excitation propagation disorders (cardiac arrhythmias). Circulatory system conditions, especially hypertension, but also lack of exercise can lead to palpitations. Diseases of the thyroid gland, especially hyperthyroidism leads to noticeable heartbeat as often as alcohol, various medications or psychological disorders (e.g. panic attacks).
In most cases, noticing one’s heartbeat is harmless. However, should it occur frequently, a doctor should be consulted for an examination to rule out possible illnesses as the cause for the palpitations. The therapy will then depend on the identified cause.
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Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
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Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
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Enter your present medical symptoms.
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