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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    I’m in my early 30s and have had heart palpitations on and off for several years, should I be concerned?

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    Dr David O'Donnell

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    A graduate of the University of Melbourne Medical School in 1993, Dr David O’Donnell was the recipient of 9 undergraduate awards including the Association of … View Profile

    I think the answer to this question is that the vast majority of people in their 30's who have had heart palpitations did not have a serious cause. But then on the other hand, it is always worth evaluating. We do find patients every now and again who have significant reasons for their palpitations. In my practice, over 90% of people in their 30's with palpitations don't have a serious cause for this, but a number of these patients can be adequately treated to reduce their symptoms.

    Of the few percent that do have a significant cause, this is usually something that can be treated which can improve either their symptoms or their long-term outcomes.

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