Heart palpitations are a common symptom. For most people, the feeling of a fluttering or pounding heart lasts for only a few minutes. While the sensation can be worrying and give you cause for concern, it is usually harmless. Heart palpitations can happen to anyone and are often nothing serious. If you experience heart palpitations regularly, then it may indicate an underlying issue. In which case, your GP may refer you to a specialist, such as Dr David Begley, a palpitations consultant Cambridge.

What causes heart palpitations?

There are many reasons which may lead you to experience heart palpitations. In most of these cases, a cardiologist such as Dr David Begley, a palpitations consultant Cambridge, can examine the symptoms and trigger and provide the reassurance and help that you need. Some of the triggers for heart palpitations include;

Heightened emotion

When you feel particularly stressed or anxious, it can make you more aware of your heartbeat, and you may experience the sensation of the heartbeat in your throat. This can also happen if you have panic attacks. Emotions such as being excited or nervous can also cause palpitations.


Certain drugs and medicines can be the trigger for heart palpitations. Medicines such as antihistamines, antidepressants and antibiotics can list palpitations as a side effect. Medication for high blood pressure may also have the same effect. Should your medication be the cause of palpitations, then seek medical advice.

Heart arrhythmia

In some cases, palpitations are caused by a condition which affects your heart rhythm. Conditions such as supraventricular tachycardia can produce a very high, but regular heart rate which can bring on heart palpitations. Other conditions that could lead to heart palpitations include atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, which both cause fast and irregular heart rates.

Want to see a palpitations consultant Cambridge?

If you are concerned about palpitations, then schedule an appointment with Dr David Begley, a specialist palpitations consultant in Cambridge. Dr David Begley can offer the right support and treatment that you need for your heart condition.