Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic staff
You may be at risk of developing palpitations if you:
- Are highly stressed
- Have an anxiety disorder or regularly experience panic attacks
- Are pregnant
- Take medicines that contain stimulants, such as some cold or asthma medications
- Have hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland)
- Have other heart problems, such as an arrhythmia, a heart defect or a previous heart attack
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