The heart beats about 70 to 80 times per minute in the average adult and the rhythm is usually regular. The rate, however, may rise during activity and lowers during rest. Usually a person is not aware of their beating heart unless they feel their pulse. During periods of exercise, the heart beat may become more prominent and can be perceived but it quickly settles and remains “silent” once again.
What is a palpitation?
A palpitation is the awareness of the beating heart. It may be perceived as a pounding sensation in the chest, pulsating in the throat or neck, or even a faint beating in the ears. This sensation may occur in a person with a healthy heart and normal beat, rate and rhythm, which is just more prominent in certain situations or conditions. Palpitations are more like to arise with certain abnormalities in the heart rate, usually above 100 beats per minute ( tachycardia), or in the rhythm, known as an arrhythmia. A person may also experience palpitations with an abnormally slow heart rate known as bradycardia.