Cardiology  |  Palpitations Pathway - Suspected Non Cardiac Causes


Palpitations Pathway - Suspected Non Cardiac Causes

Exit pathway.


The following are potent cardiac stimulants that can provoke palpitations:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Energy drinks contain caffeine
  • Illicit substances - amphetamines, cocaine etc


Consider the following as possible causes of palpitations:

  • Tricyclics
  • Phenothiazines
  • Digoxin
  • Theophylline
  • Anti-arrhythmics


Consider the following:

  • Thyrotoxicosis
  • Anaemia, blood loss
  • Fever,  infection
  • Electrolyte imbalance  - hypokalaemia, hypercalcaemia
  • Anxiety

Last updated : Friday, August 21, 2015
Next review date : Saturday, August 20,2016

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