Heart Palpitations – Symptoms, Causes, Effects Treatments of Heart Palpitations

Heart Palpitations - Symptoms, Causes,  Effects Treatments of Heart Palpitations

Heart Palpitations - Symptoms, Causes,  Effects Treatments of Heart Palpitations

What is Heart Palpitations?
Symptoms of Heart Palpitations
Causes of Heart Palpitations
Risk factors of Heart Palpitations
Effects of Heart Palpitations
Life style and home remedies of Heart Palpitations

Heart palpitations

Heart palpitations

(pal-pih-TAY-shuns) are the feelings of having rapid, Fluttering or pounding heart. Heart palpitations can be triggered by stress, exercise, medication or, rarely, a medical condition.

Although heart palpitations can be worrisome, they’re usually harmless. In rare cases, heart palpitations can be a symptom of a more serious heart condition, such as an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), that may require treatment.

SYMPTOMS

Heart palpitations can feel like your heart is:

• Skipping beats

• Fluttering

• Beating too fast

• Pumping harder than usual

You may feel heart palpitations in your throat or neck, as well as your chest. Heart palpitations can occur whether you’re active or at rest, and whether you’re standing, seated or lying down.

CAUSES

Often the cause of your heart palpitations can’t be found. Common causes of heart palpitations include:

• Strong emotional responses, such as stress or anxiety

• Strenuous exercise

• Caffeine

• Nicotine

• Fever

• Hormone changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy or Menopause

• Taking cold and cough medications that contain pseudoephedrine, a stimulant

• Taking some Asthma inhaler medications that contain stimulants

Occasionally heart palpitations can be a sign of a serious problem, such as an overactive thyroid gland (Hyperthyroidism) or an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia). Arrhythmias may include very fast heart rates (Tachycardia), unusually slow heart rates (Bradycardia) or an irregular heart rhythm.

RISK FACTORS

You may be at risk of developing palpitations if you:

• Are highly stressed

• Have an anxiety disorder or regularly experience panic attacks

• Are pregnant

• Take medicines that contain stimulants, such as some cold or Asthma medications

• Have an overactive thyroid gland (Hyperthyroidism)

• Have other heart problems, such as an arrhythmia, heart defect or previous Heart attack

EFFECTS

Unless a heart condition is causing your heart palpitations, there’s little risk of complications. For palpitations caused by a heart condition, possible complications include:

• Fainting. 

If your heart beats rapidly, your blood pressure may drop, causing you to faint. This may be more likely if you have a heart problem, such as congenital Heart disease or certain valve problems.

• Cardiac arrest.

 Rarely, palpitations can be caused by life-threatening arrhythmias and can cause your heart to stop beating effectively.

• Stroke. 

If palpitations are due to Atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the upper chambers of the heart quiver instead of beating properly, blood can pool and cause clots to form. If a clot breaks loose, it can block a brain artery, causing a Stroke.

• Heart failure.

 This can result if your heart is pumping ineffectively for a prolonged period due to an arrhythmia, such as Atrial fibrillation. Sometimes, controlling the rate of an arrhythmia that’s causing Heart failure can improve your heart’s function.

TREATMENTS AND DRUGS

Unless your doctor finds that you have a heart condition, heart palpitations seldom require treatment. Instead, your doctor may recommend ways for you to avoid the triggers that cause your palpitations.

If your palpitations are caused by a condition, such as an arrhythmia, your treatment will focus on correcting the condition.

LIFESTYLE AND HOME REMEDIES

The most appropriate way to treat palpitations at home is to avoid the triggers that may cause your symptoms. Some ways to avoid triggers include:

• Reduce stress or anxiety.

 Try relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing or aromatherapy.

• Avoid stimulants.

 Stimulants, including caffeine, nicotine, some cold medicines and energy drinks, can make your heart beat quickly or irregularly.

• Avoid illegal drugs.

 Certain drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines, can bring on heart palpitations.

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