When to see your GP

You don't usuallyneed to see your GP ifthepalpitations pass quickly and occur only occasionally. They're unlikely to be caused by a serious problem and probably won'tneed treatment.

But it's a good idea to contact your GP if:

  • the palpitations last a long time, don't improve or get worse
  • you have a history of heart problems
  • you're concernedaboutthe palpitations

To help determine the cause, your GPmay:

  • ask about your symptoms and medical history
  • arrange some blood tests
  • carry outan electrocardiogram (ECG) to check your heart rate (if your GP has the equipment available)

If you can't have an ECG at your GP surgery or your doctor wants to arrange heart monitoring over a longer time period, you may be referred for tests at a local hospital.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018