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Palpitations - Causes and Treatment

  1. Do you ever lie in bed at night and your heart starts to beat fanatically or even skips a beat? Everyone has it from time to time.

  1. However, if it happens to you regularly, it may be time to have the cause checked.

  1. Palpitations can sometimes make you feel like your heart is stopping at any moment. Of course this is not the case, yet it is a feeling of fear and can even lead to a panic attack in some.

  1. If it happens, however, it is important to stay as calm as possible so that your heart has a chance to recover.

  1. Usually there is nothing serious at all and palpitations are only caused by, for example, too much coffee or alcohol. In this article I will take you through what exactly palpitations are, what the possible causes could be and how this phenomenon is treated.

  1. Let's get started ...

  1. What are palpitations anyway?

  1. Palpitations make you feel like your heart is beating too hard and too fast, skips a heartbeat, or is trembling. You may notice palpitations in your chest, neck, or neck.

  1. This phenomenon can be quite annoying and scary. However, they are usually not bad and often go away on their own. Palpitations can be related to stress and anxiety or caused by stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine or alcohol. Palpitations can also occur during pregnancy.

  1. In some cases this could be a sign of heart disease. So if you often have palpitations, you better go to the doctor to be sure. Be sure to see a doctor if you also experience shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain and fainting.

  1. After going through your medical history and the doctor examining you, your doctor can get a better idea of ​​the underlying causes. If a cause is found, the right treatment can make your palpitations go away. It is true that your doctor only takes measures if there really is a condition. You may also experience harmless palpitations caused by your lifestyle.

  1. If no underlying cause is found, then lifestyle adjustments, including reducing your stress level, will help you avoid it.

  1. Causes of palpitations

  1. Several things can cause palpitations. Palpitations do not necessarily have to be directly related to your heart, as they can also have a completely different cause, including:

  1. Some people experience heart palpitations after eating heavy meals rich in carbohydrates, sugar or fat. Sometimes eating foods high in monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrates, or sodium can also cause palpitations.

  1. If you have palpitations after eating certain foods, the problem may be caused by sensitivity to a certain type of food. Keeping a journal can help you determine which foods to avoid. Common sensitivities include dairy, gluten and soy.

  1. Palpitations may also be related to underlying heart disease. If this is the case, palpitations can often be a sign of arrhythmia. Heart conditions associated with palpitations include:

  1. However, before you immediately think that you are going to have a heart attack, it is better to relax for a moment and realize that 99% of the time heart palpitations are not serious at all. They are certainly not pleasant and sometimes quite scary, but in general they pass by themselves.

  1. With palpitations to the doctor

  1. If you continue to experience this phenomenon, your doctor will first need to perform a physical exam, review your medical history, and ask about your current medications, diet, and lifestyle. Your doctor will also ask you when, how often, and under what circumstances palpitations occur.

  1. Sometimes a blood test can show the presence of anemia, problems with the level of electrolytes in your body, and thyroid abnormalities and help identify the cause of palpitations. Other useful tests include:

  1. If necessary, your doctor can also refer you to a cardiologist for further tests or specific treatment.

  1. Palpitations treatment

  1. How the palpitations are treated mainly depends on the causes. In most cases, palpitations are therefore not dangerous and will go away on their own. Clearly, no treatment is needed in those cases.

  1. If palpitations are not due to an underlying condition, your doctor may advise you to avoid the things that cause them. So if you do not suffer from a heart disease, you can do the following yourself to prevent palpitations:

  1. If lifestyle changes do not reduce or eliminate rake, your doctor may prescribe certain medications. For example, beta blockers or calcium channel blockers are used in some cases.

  1. If your doctor determines that the palpitations are related to an underlying condition, such as anemia, the focus will be on treating that condition. If the palpitations are caused by a medication, your doctor will try to offer other medications as an alternative. If the palpitations represent an arrhythmia, medications or procedures are likely to be required. You can also be referred to a specialist known as an electrophysiologist.

  1. Palpitations and coffee

  1. Earlier I discussed that palpitations can be caused by certain foods and drinks. Unfortunately, less well known is that caffeine can cause strong palpitations in people who are sensitive to it. This is mainly due to the strong stimulant effect of caffeine. Nevertheless, it is still not entirely certain how this really works. If you notice that you have more heart palpitations on days when you drank (a little more) coffee, try removing the drink from your menu before taking other steps.

  1. Lack of sleep

  1. Another relatively unknown cause of heart palpitations is sleep deprivation. If you don't get enough sleep per night, this will eventually lead to strong stress symptoms in your body. Stress and anxiety can cause palpitations. The only solution, of course, is more sleep. Try to sleep at least 7 to 8 hours a night for a healthy night's sleep.

  1. Finally ...

  1. Almost everyone has palpitations from time to time. However, it only becomes a problem when you regularly suffer from this. Then it is really time that you go to the doctor to have everything checked. It is true that in very few cases there is really something going on, yet you prefer to have certainty.

  1. Next it is really important that you adjust your lifestyle as well as possible. Too much alcohol, coffee and cigarettes do not belong in a healthy lifestyle anyway. In addition, try to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible, and try to reduce your consumption of bad fats and meat.

  1. If no medical cause is found by your doctor or a specialist, you will soon notice with healthy lifestyle changes that the palpitations will hardly occur again.

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