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Some people after drinking energy drinks, coffee and/or some mental illness medication feel their hearts beating stronger or louder but at the same bpm as without stimulants.

What is the term used to describe this? Palpitation? I've always thought that was for faster beats.

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    The cross-post on biology.stackexchange.com was closed. – Chris Aug 25 '15 at 12:21
  • @Chris Thanks for the helpful comments and the edit :) – Jack Bauer Aug 25 '15 at 12:32
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Yes, palpitations is the correct term. Another term for it is ectopic beats, which includes the sensation of skipped or irregular beats and occasional forceful beats. If the beats are a regular rhythm but consistent and forceful, they're more likely due to systolic hypertension and generally wouldn't be called palpitations (though calling them that wouldn't be wrong per se).

Another interesting cause is what's known as water hammer pulse, but that's a very different pattern and doesn't seem to be what you're describing.

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  • Thanks Carey :) I see you're into stackover flow and health. Are you into medical technology or something? – Jack Bauer Aug 27 '15 at 13:47
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    @JackBauer I do work in that field and our products are used in healthcare arenas, but they're a few steps away from clinical practice. No doctor would have a mass spectrometer in his office. ;-) My medical knowledge comes more from an EMS background and general lifelong interest. – Carey Gregory Aug 27 '15 at 21:03

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