2. Heart Palpitations
Heart palpitations are defined as any heart rate that’s outside the normal range. If you experience these at times where it’s not normal for the average person (such as a skyrocketing heart rate when you’ve just walked a few steps, or have been sitting down for a few minutes) then it’s time to make an appointment with your doctor.
There are acceptable times for one’s heart rate to be outside the normal range – and this is usually the obvious things such as exercise, shock, excitement or stress; sometimes, running a fever will also be associated with an elevated heart rate. It could be pointing to atrial fibrillation, or it could be a sign of any other number of underlying health conditions that you need to get looked at.
Halt any exercise and strenuous activity until you’re sure about just what shape your heart is in, especially if heart palpitations and chest pain have become a common occurrence.