CONVERSATION GUIDE

These talking points will help you remember important information related to your heart palpitations to share with your healthcare team.

Remember to Share…

  • A description of your symptoms (if applicable).
  • The number of episodes you’ve had in the past 2 years.
  • What you were doing before you had symptoms.
  • Any concerns you have (e.g., safety, your job, driving).
  • Any treatments you are receiving for your heart.
  • If your family has a history of heart conditions.
  • How your symptoms are affecting your home and work life.

Remember to Ask…

  • How will you determine what is causing my heart palpitations?
  • What tests will you perform?
  • Would long-term monitoring with an insertable cardiac monitor lead to a faster diagnosis?
  • What should I do when I experience heart palpitations?
  • Should I be concerned about my heart palpitations?
  • Will I need treatment? If so, what kind of treatment? What other alternatives are there?
  • Do I need to restrict any activities?
  • Is it safe for me to exercise and go about my other daily activities?
  • Should I see a specialist?

References

  1. Mayou R. Chest pain, palpitations and panic. J Psychosom Res 1998;44:53-70.
  2. Kroenke K, Arringon ME, Mangelsdroff AD. The prevalence of symptoms in medical outpatients and the adequacy of therapy. Arch Intern Med 1990;150:1685-9.
  3. Knudson MP. The natural history of palpitations in a family practice. J Fam Pract 1987;24:357-60.