A palpitation is an abnormal, rapid beating of the heart, brought on by overexertion, disease or drugs. It can also refer to a shaking motion.
Nearly everyone experiences a very occasional awareness of their own heart beating, but when it occurs frequently, it can indicate a problem. Palpitations may be felt with heart problems, but also in anaemias and thyroid malfunction.
In cases where the palpitation is purely secondary, as in anemia, from the changed state of the blood, and in acute infectious diseases, from the irritation of toxic substances circulating in the blood, the lesions belong to the primary disease.
The palpitation, dyspnea, small and irregular pulse, and cool extremities are due to the cardiac dilatation, and are benefited by treatment of that condition.
The palpitation of the heart may be quieted by the inhibition applied to the accelerators; the dyspnea by very cautious and gentle elevation of the ribs; the pain by inhibition of the local nerve supply of the part affected; other symptoms, according to their kind, may be met by the usual osteopathic procedures.
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