The teenager with palpitations

Farshad Sedaghat-Yazdi*, Peter R. Koenig

*Corresponding author for this work

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Palpitations can result from cardiac awareness (increased conscious perception of the heart beating) or from a fast or irregular cardiac rhythm. Most causes for palpitations in the teenager can be diagnosed with minimal testing. Patients with an abnormal ECG, non-sinus tachycardia, abnormal cardiac examination, concerning family history, or palpitations associated with activity or syncope should be referred to a pediatric cardiologist. This article discusses the evaluation, testing, and management of teenagers with palpitations. It also provides a general guideline for referral for subspecialty evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-79
Number of pages17
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014


  • Palpitations
  • Pediatric
  • Sinus tachycardia
  • Supraventricular tachycardia
  • Teenager

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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