Heart Palpitations Specialist

Dmitry Gorelik, MD -  - Board Certified Cardiologist

Heart and Vein Center

Dmitry Gorelik, MD

Board Certified Cardiologist located in Union, NJ

You can have a one-time heart palpitation for many reasons that aren’t related to your heart. But if you feel your heart racing or fluttering more than once, chances are you have a heart problem. Board-certified cardiologist Dmitry Gorelik, MD, in West Orange, New Jersey, specializes in diagnosing and treating heart palpitations. Don’t wait to schedule an appointment with the team at Dr. Dmitry Gorelik. Call the office or book online today.

Heart Palpitations Q & A

What are heart palpitations?

When you have palpitations, you can feel your heartbeat. You may feel your heart skip a beat, or your heart may feel like it’s pounding or beating at a fast pace. Many people experience the sensation that their heart is flip-flopping or fluttering.

What causes heart palpitations?

You can experience palpitations for many reasons. For example, stress, anxiety, caffeine, and nicotine can all lead to palpitations. Some medical conditions such as thyroid disease can also cause the problem.

But palpitations most often signal a problem with your heart. You can have palpitations due to conditions such as:

  • Atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart valve disease
  • Heart muscle disease
  • Heart failure

Atrial fibrillation is the most common cause of palpitations.

What other symptoms could I have with heart palpitations?

Palpitations often occur alone, but you may also experience:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Difficulty exercising

Ongoing heart palpitations should always be evaluated. Don’t wait to see Dr. Gorelik if you have palpitations with other symptoms.

How are heart palpitations diagnosed?

Dr. Gorelik reviews your medical history, asks questions about how your palpitations feel and when they occur, and performs a physical exam. Then you have an electrocardiogram (ECG).

ECGs usually show irregular heart rhythms, but in some cases, you may need additional testing to diagnose the cause of your palpitations. 

Dr. Gorelik may perform an echocardiogram, angiography, electrophysiology studies, or stress testing. You may also need to wear a Holter monitor that records your heart rate for 24 hours or longer.

How are heart palpitations treated?

Treatment for heart palpitations focuses on the underlying cause, but you’re most likely to have a heart arrhythmia. Some people only need medications to control their heart rate; others will need a procedure.

Dr. Gorelik has extensive experience treating heart arrhythmias with procedures such as:

Radiofrequency ablation

Dr. Gorelik guides a catheter through your blood vessels and to a specific area of your heart. Then he releases controlled radiofrequency energy, which kills the tissues causing heart arrhythmia.

Cardioversion

Cardioversion restores a normal heart rhythm using electrodes placed on your chest to send controlled electrical impulses to your heart. 

Pacemakers and implantable defibrillators

After Dr. Gorelik implants one of these devices under your skin, they continuously regulate your heartbeat.

If you have palpitations, call Dr. Dmitry Gorelik or schedule an appointment online today.