What is the difference between heart palpitations & arrhythmia?

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  3. by   zacarias
    Hey,

    Palpitations are a subjective feeling that a patient may have with or without arrhythmia. Arrhythmia is an objective occurence that can be seen/assessed by others either by feeling a pulse, looking at heart monitor etc.
    While palpitations often accompany certain arrhythmias, they can occur without arrhythmia too. I just had a patient last week who said she felt flutter "flip flops" in her heart during the night. Her heart monitor though showed a completely normal sinus rhythm with no ectopy or arrhythmia. Hope this helps.
  4. by   Antikigirl
    Nailed that one right on the head! Very good way to explain it!
  5. by   barefootlady
    Great explaination, but I just think of it as palpations are looking at Tom, Sam, Antonio, or Noah. Arrhythmia is real trouble, like running for a code. LOL.
  6. by   abundantjoy07
    Well I learned something new. :-D Teriffic explanation.
  7. by   KEVIN88GT
    Quote from barefootlady
    Great explaination, but I just think of it as palpations are looking at Tom, Sam, Antonio, or Noah. Arrhythmia is real trouble, like running for a code. LOL.
    Tom, Sam, Antonio, Noah...? please explain I'm lost.
  8. by   Tweety
    Quote from barefootlady
    Great explaination, but I just think of it as palpations are looking at Tom, Sam, Antonio, or Noah. Arrhythmia is real trouble, like running for a code. LOL.

    Lots of people live with arrhythmias and are asmyptomatic. But arrhythmias can often lead to other fun stuff, like a code. :hatparty: (Good taste in men. )
  9. by   barefootlady
    Just a joke Kevin. My heart races a little when I look at come males, that all. Tweety, I was watching TV with hubby tonight and realized that Keifer
    Southerland has improved a lot too. LOL.
  10. by   payday
    I have had palpitations wake me up at night. Could this be perimenopause?
  11. by   tiroka03
    I had influenze A a couple weeks ago. {after having the flu shot}. My vitals where really affected, after listening to my heart they wanted to do an EKG. Since I have no insurance, I refused.


    A couple weeks later at the doctors, because of pressure on my chest, from a bronchial involvement, the doctor asked me some cardiac questions. She asked me if I had felt skipped beats or flutter, and I actually had during the past two weeks, and then asked if I had felt my pulse, as she knew I was a nurse, I actually had put on the sat monitor many times to check my progress. Even when I felt a flutter, I saw no change in the rate or rhthym.

    For me, during my recovery, I was certian any chest pressure or flutters where a result of the chest congestion. I was leary of running down the path of I am afraid I am having a heart attack, as I have seen others do.

    But, I wonder, aside from pulmonary conditions like the flu, copd ect. Are flutters and palpations a precurser to some day later having an arrythmia?
  12. by   actioncat
    A person may have palpitations with or without a dysrhythmia. The dysrhythmia may be benign or it could be problematic. The benign rhythm may eventually turn into one that is more problematic. For instance, frequent PACs (usually not a problem) may degenerate into atrial fibrillation.
  13. by   callthesup
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    Thanks!
    Education..... :chuckle

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