REVEALED: Top 50 heart-racers – which things get YOUR heart thumping?

Going on a first date, confronting someone and having a near miss while driving are all guaranteed to get the ticker thumping. 

Exercise was the most likely cause, followed by having jolly good sex, attending a job interview and going on a first date. 

An argument came fifth, with making a presentation at work and bringing up a difficult issue close behind, say researchers from 

Other reasons include taking an exam, bumping into an ex, watching a scary film or TV programme and hearing a noise at night. 

The average adult will experience a pounding heart four times a week, with more than three quarters admitting it is fairly easy to set it off, the study of 2,000 Britons showed. 

And six in 10 admitted they worry about their heart health, with one in five consulting a health professional about their concerns. 

Dr Sarah Brewer, GP and medical director at Healthspan, which commissioned the research, said: “It’s important to keep an eye on your heart health and speak to your GP if your heart races for no reason.”

She added: “Making one or two small changes to heart health can make a difference.”


1. Exercise 

2. Having good sex 

3. Going for a job interview 

4. A first date 

5. Having an argument 

6. Making a presentation at work 

7. Bringing up a difficult issue or confronting someone 

8. A near miss while driving or cycling 

9. The moment you realise you’ve made a mistake at work

10. Just before your driving test 

11. Almost tipping over backwards in a chair 

12. Travelling in a car being driven badly

13. Taking an exam 

14. A first kiss 

15. Hearing a noise at night 

16. Waking up from a nightmare 

17. Making a complaint 

18. Losing sight of your child 

19. Running to catch the last bus/train 

20. Watching your favourite football team in an important game 

21. Losing your phone 

22. Triggering a phobia 

23. Getting lost 

24. Seeing your crush 

25. Watching a scary film or television programme 

26. Realising you forgot to lock the front door 

27. Bumping into your ex 

28. Seeing a spider out of the corner of your eye 

29. Winning money 

30. Last five minutes of a football match when your team is winning 1-0 

31. Losing your passport ahead of a trip 

32. Just before take-off in a plane 

33. Almost spilling a drink 

34. Driving fast in a car 

35. Making a big purchase 

36. Getting married 

37. A last-minute bid on eBay 

38. Sending an email or text to the wrong person 

39. Sending a ‘risky’ text 

40. Not being able to find your car in a car park 

41. Driving through a narrow gap 

42. Handing in your notice at work 

43. When the boss asks to see you in the boardroom

44. Getting on the wrong train/Tube/bus 

45. When you remember you’ve left the iron on and you’re already out of the house 

46. Suddenly realising you’ve forgotten someone’s birthday 

47. An on-screen cliffhanger 

48. Cycling down a hill 

49. Asking for a pay rise 

50. Accidentally liking someone’s post or photo on social media


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