There are times, however, that a problem in the heart is present but still not bad enough to get noticed. Palpitations can be an early sign that there is something wrong with the heart. With palpitations, the first step is to capture the palpitations on ECG during an episode. Depending on what the rhythm is on the ECG, your doctor can often tell right away if the palpitations are something to worry about.
A cardiologist can look at the results of the ECG and heart monitors, and determine if the palpitations are safe and just an annoyance, or if they point to a need for further evaluation. The suggestion by the primary care provider to consult a cardiologist is sound advice.