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Word! Palpitations

Palpitations

Say: pal-pih-TAY-shuns

When you run around a lot, you probably feel your heart beating steady in your chest. But sometimes it can feel like your heart is racing or fluttering, or that your heart has skipped a beat. This kind of feeling is called a palpitation.

Exercise can cause palpitations, but so can having a lot of caffeine, feeling stressed, or smoking cigarettes. Most of the time, palpitations are harmless, but sometimes they can be part of a bigger health problem. If you ever have them, you should tell your mom or dad.

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