Heart palpitations are heartbeats that suddenly become more noticeable.

Your heart may feel like it’s pounding, fluttering or beating irregularly, often for just a few seconds or minutes. You may also feel these sensations in your throat or neck.

Palpitations may seem alarming, but in most cases they’re harmless and are not a sign of a problem with your heart.

Sometimes you may feel an extra or missed beat. These are known as ‘ectopic beats’, and are also usually nothing to worry about.

However, palpitations accompanied by other symptoms, such as dizziness or tightness in your chest, can sometimes be a sign of a heart problem.

Schedule an appointment if you have palpitations along with other symptoms or if you’re concerned.