Which is the correct way to mention the idea of sudden feeling of heart palpitation:

My heart started palpitating.
I felt my heart is palpitating.

I was just describing the journey to a haunted house. So I had to choose any one of the above two sentences. The complete description that I used is as follows:

We reached late in the evening in the mall. When we reached a shopping store, we just noticed that there was a scary house near that shop. There was a good discount on the tickets of scary house. Thus, I purchased 2 tickets and then I entered the house along with my wife. There they have played loud scary music. Suddenly my heart started palpitating.

So, I know what the word means. I just need to know how to use it so it sounds natural.


I would say:

There they were playing loud scary music. Suddenly my heart started pounding.

though using it in the present tense is more common.

See pound:

  1. verb
    If your heart is pounding, it is beating with an unusually strong and fast rhythm, usually because you are afraid.
    I'm sweating, my heart is pounding. I can't breathe.

I would say palpitation is more commonly used in medical contexts.

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An elegant way to express the idea could be

I wondered whether my wife could hear my palpitating heart.

That way you use the word, and it does not seem awkward; rather in context.

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  • This doesn't match in meaning the examples that the question has, which don't mention the idea of anyone hearing. Your suggestion doesn't suggest a sudden onset of palpitations. – James K Aug 20 '17 at 17:16
  • Probably not, considering the "loud scary music". – user3169 Aug 20 '17 at 18:34

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