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palpitation

 [pal″pĭ-ta´shun]
a heartbeat that is unusually rapid, strong, or irregular enough to make a person aware of it, usually over 120 beats per minute, as opposed to the normal 60 to 100 per minute. In most cases, it is the result of excitement, nervousness, strong exertion, or taking of certain medications (including caffeine and nicotine). There are also palpitations that result from heart disorders such as paroxysmal tachycardia, flutter, abnormal rhythms in which the heart has runs of rapid beats, and atrial fibrillation (in which the beats are rapid but irregular or seemingly random).

Palpitations may be caused by organic heart disease, but they also can result from other factors. Similarly, emotional pressures rather than organic changes may cause the so-called “nervous heart,” or functional heart disease.

pal·pi·ta·tion

(pal'pi-tā'shŭn), Do not confuse this word with palpation. Avoid the colloquial and jargonistic use of the plural of this abstract noun in the sense of 'strong or irregular heartbeats'.
Forcible or irregular pulsation of the heart, perceptible to the patient, usually with an increase in frequency or force, with or without irregularity in rhythm.
Synonym(s): trepidatio cordis
[L. palpito, to throb]

palpitation

/pal·pi·ta·tion/ (pal″pĭ-ta´shun) a subjective sensation of an unduly rapid or irregular heartbeat.

palpitation

(păl′pĭ-tā′shən)
n.
1. A trembling or shaking.
2. Irregular, rapid beating or pulsation of the heart.

palpitation

[pal′pitā′shən]
Etymology: L, palpitare, to flutter
a pounding or racing of the heart. It is associated with normal emotional responses and with heart disorders. Some people may complain of pounding heart and display no evidence of heart disease, whereas others with serious heart disorders may not detect associated abnormal palpitations. Some patients complain of palpitations after receiving digitalis because it increases the force of heart contractions. palpitate, v.

palpitation

Cardiology A generally unpleasant subjective sensation of strong and/or irregular heart pulsations, often accompanying ↑ physical exertion Sx & clinical correlates Flip-flopping sensation, the heart seems to stop, then start with pounding–s/o premature atrial or ventricular contractions; fluttering sensation–s/o atrial or ventricular arrhythmias; pounding in neck–s/o AV dissociation–atria are contracting against closed tricuspid or mitral valves, as in reentrant supraventicular arrhythmias, especially AV nodal tachycardia or ventricular premature depolarization, producing cannon A waves in jugular veins with neck pulsations which, if prominent, cause a bulging–'frog sign' Etiology Anxiety, panic disorders, catecholamine excess–eg, in cool-down period after exercise, postural changes–eg, standing abruptly after recumbent position–causing syncope/near syncope Diagnosis Hix, physical exam, 12-lead EKG, Holter monitor Management Reassurance, beta-blockers, CCBs, radio-frequency ablation, modification of sinus node.

pal·pi·ta·tion

(pal'pi-tā'shŭn)
Forcible or irregular pulsation of the heart, perceptible to the patient, usually with an increase in frequency or force, with or without irregularity in rhythm.
Synonym(s): trepidatio cordis.
[L. palpito, to throb]

palpitation

Abnormal awareness of the action of the heart, because of rapidity or irregularity. Irregularity is most commonly due to EXTRASYSTOLES each of which causes a brief sense of stoppage. Other causes include ATRIAL TACHYCARDIA and ATRIAL FIBRILLATION.

Palpitation

Rapid, forceful, throbbing, or fluttering heartbeat.

palpitation

beating of the heart of which a person is strongly aware, as being rapid and/or forceful, or sometimes irregular. May be both unpleasant and worrying but most will experience palpitation on occasion. Physiological causes include exercise, excitement, caffeine intake, smoking and alcohol. May also be a symptom of underlying disease, e.g. anaemia, hyperthyroidism, cardiac disease (especially if linked with other symptoms such as faintness, sweating, chest pain). Investigations (ECG, ambulatory monitoring, echocardiography, exercise test) are used to identify the nature of the condition and possible underlying causes.

pal·pi·ta·tion

(pal'pi-tā'shŭn)
Forcible or irregular pulsation of the heart, perceptible to the patient, usually with an increase in frequency or force, with or without irregularity in rhythm.
Synonym(s): trepidatio cordis.
[L. palpito, to throb]

palpitation (palpitā´shən),

n an unduly rapid action of the heart that is perceptible to the patient.
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As a result I awoke with mouth parched and dry, with a slight heaviness of head, and with a mild nervous palpitation in the stomach.
It happened that an old lord of great family, who was going to marry a young lady of no family in particular, came with the young lady, and the young lady's sister, to witness the ceremony of trying on two nuptial bonnets which had been ordered the day before, and Madame Mantalini announcing the fact, in a shrill treble, through the speaking-pipe, which communicated with the workroom, Miss Knag darted hastily upstairs with a bonnet in each hand, and presented herself in the show-room, in a charming state of palpitation, intended to demonstrate her enthusiasm in the cause.
A common and natural result of an undue respect for law is, that you may see a file of soldiers, colonel, captain, corporal, privates, powder-monkeys, and all, marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences, which makes it very steep marching indeed, and produces a palpitation of the heart.
See, in any house where virtue and self- respect abide, the palpitation which the approach of a stranger causes.
I fancied this morning, when I was lying here alone, that there was something almost like a palpitation - a quicker beat.
Fear and joy may both cause cardiac palpitation, but in one case we find high tonus of the skeletal muscles, in the other case relaxation and the general sense of weakness.
Old woman; full feeder; nervous subject; palpitation of the heart; pressure on the brain; apoplexy; off she goes.
Sometimes my pulse beat so quickly and hardly that I felt the palpitation of every artery; at others, I nearly sank to the ground through languor and extreme weakness.
As he stepped forward to greet her and walk alongside, she felt the sickening palpitation that he had so thoroughly taught her to know.
Raly it's give me such a turn,' cried the susceptible damsel, pressing her hand upon her side to quell the palpitation of her heart, 'that you might knock me down with a feather.
So, there was a double palpitation among the double stocks and double wall-flowers, when the master and the boy looked over the little gate.
I am sorry to hear you say so, sir; but I assure you, excepting those little nervous headaches and palpitations which I am never entirely free from anywhere, I am quite well myself; and if the children were rather pale before they went to bed, it was only because they were a little more tired than usual, from their journey and the happiness of coming.