Cardiac Symptoms



Palpitations refer to the awareness or sensation of the heartbeat. It is often described as a rapid, pounding, fluttering, or irregular heartbeat that may be felt in the chest, throat, or neck. Palpitations can be a normal response to certain situations, such as physical exertion, anxiety, or excitement. However, they can also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Here are some common causes of palpitations:

  1. Stress and anxiety: Emotional stress, anxiety, or panic attacks can trigger palpitations due to the release of stress hormones and the associated physiological response.
  2. Caffeine and stimulants: Consumption of caffeine, nicotine, certain medications, or recreational drugs can cause palpitations as they can increase heart rate and alter heart rhythm.
  3. Physical exertion: Intense exercise, strenuous activity, or overexertion can lead to palpitations as the heart works harder to meet the increased demand for oxygen.
  4. Medications: Certain medications, such as those used to treat asthma, high blood pressure, or thyroid disorders, may have palpitations as a side effect.
  5. Hormonal changes: Hormonal fluctuations during menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause can sometimes cause palpitations.
  6. Hyperthyroidism: An overactive thyroid gland can increase heart rate and lead to palpitations.
  7. Arrhythmias: Irregular heart rhythms, such as atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), or ventricular arrhythmias, can cause palpitations.
  8. Heart conditions: Underlying heart conditions, including heart valve disorders, heart failure, or coronary artery disease, can lead to palpitations.
  9. Anemia: Low levels of red blood cells or hemoglobin can cause the heart to pump harder, resulting in palpitations.
  10. Electrolyte imbalances: Abnormal levels of electrolytes, such as potassium, magnesium, or calcium, can affect the heart’s electrical conduction and trigger palpitations.

If you experience frequent or concerning palpitations, it is important to consult a healthcare professional for evaluation. They will assess your symptoms, perform a physical examination, and may order further tests, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), holter monitor, or echocardiogram, to identify the underlying cause. Treatment will depend on the specific diagnosis but may include lifestyle modifications, stress reduction techniques, medications to control heart rate or rhythm, or interventions such as catheter ablation or pacemaker implantation, if necessary.

Same-Day Cardiac Care

RCC Cardiac Urgent Care is accessible same-day care for non-life-threatening cardiac symptoms, including:

PLEASE NOTE: that this is NOT a traditional Urgent Care Center treating any and all ailments. Our facility is ONLY for cardiac related symptoms.

At our Penn Cardiology Specialty Network facility, you will will be cared for by our team of cardiac specialists, and receive access to our state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, including:

  • EKG
  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress Test
    • Treadmill Stress Test
    • Stress Echo
    • Nuclear Stress Test
  • Halter Monitor
  • Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry (MCOT)
  • Venous Doppler
  • Arterial Doppler
  • Carotid Doppler

We will work with your primary or referring physicians to develop a plan of treatment that is suited to meet your individual needs.

Same Day Vascular Care

We also provide accessible same-day care for non-life-threatening vascular symptoms, including:

  • Leg Pain or a Change in Color
  • Numbness or Loss of Feeling in Arms or Legs
  • Leg Swelling
  • Diagnosis of Blood Clots in Arms and Legs

Pre-Operative Cardiac Clearance with Rapid Reporting

As more and more complex procedures are performed in the outpatient and inpatient setting, the risk of perioperative cardiac complication increases. Regional Cardiology Consultants’ dedicated team specializes in providing the accurate and timely pre-op clearance required by patients.

Our services include:

  • Pre-op Consult by Board Certified Cardiologist
  • EKG
  • Other diagnostic testing as needed to clear your patients.

Better yet, all services can be performed in the convenience of our offices. In most cases, we can have a preliminary report for your physician the same day as our consult and a folder containing everything you need to proceed with planned surgery including the transcribed pre-op consult, EKG with interpretation, and any other testing required to be cleared for your procedure.

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