HEART HEALTH

Heart Palpitations

The average human heart beats more than 42 million times in a year. With such an important and unyielding job, it’s bound to skip a beat or two. These sensations — when you feel a change in your normal heart rate — are known as heart palpitations. They’re not uncommon and can happen anytime, even while you’re resting.

 

What Do They Feel Like?

 

Heart palpitations can feel like your heart is beating harder or faster than normal. You might feel like your heart missed a single beat or fluttered. These sensations aren’t confined solely to your chest. In fact, you can also feel your pulse change in your throat or neck.

Most heart palpitations aren’t related to a heart condition. They’re actually commonly caused by outside factors such as stress or strenuous exercise. Consuming highly concentrated caffeine pills or energy drinks can also cause heart palpitations. These stimulants increase your heart rate and can make it feel like your heart is fluttering.

Causes of Heart Palpitations

 

Irregularities in heartbeat can be brought on by a wave of strong emotion, or come out of nowhere and disappear just as suddenly. Hitting the gym too hard or fueling up on that third cup of coffee can both cause a heart palpitation. They can even happen when we lie in bed and try to go to sleep. Here are some of the contributing factors of heart palpitations:

+ Caffeine

+ Nicotine

+ Alcohol

+ Intense cardio exercise

+ Stress, fear, and anxiety

+ Medication with pseudoephedrine like decongestants

Thyroid medications

+ Dehydration

+ Low blood sugar

+ Low blood pressure

+ Anemia

+ Stimulant illegal substances such as cocaine

Diet and lifestyle changes can diminish the frequency of heart palpitations. In a healthy heart, the occasional irregular heartbeat is benign. But if they become more frequent or last longer, you should see your doctor.

How Do You Stop Palpitations?

 

Doctors can test to determine which circumstances cause the irregularity in your heartbeat. They can map and measure the electrical signals your heart sends to the rest of the body. Doctors can also perform a stress test to see how your heart reacts during exercise.

There are also lifestyle changes that you can make on your own to stop and prevent heart palpitations:

 

+ Reducing your intake of caffeine and alcohol can help reduce stress and anxiety triggered heart palpitations.

+ Getting the right amount and quality of sleep can also reduce their frequency.

+ Deep breathing can control your stress level and prevent irregularities.

+ Focusing on breathing is also a good way to calm yourself while experiencing palpitations.

+ Regular exercise builds and strengthens your heart muscle and reduces excessive adrenaline, making you feel calmer.

 

All of the practices above can help shorten the duration and decrease the frequency of health palpitations. The changes will increase not only your heart health but your overall health and wellness. Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body, so look after it. Send any other questions about heart palpitations here, and start reclaiming your health and wellness today.