Heart palpitations are a triggered when your heart starts beating too fast or too hard, is fluttering, or is skipping beats. These heart palpitations are noticed in the neck area, throat, and/or chest.
Heart palpitations can be frightening, or bothersome to say the least; however, they are often harmless. In the majority of cases, heart palpitations are the direct result of anxiety and stress. In other cases, they occur because you have consumed too much stimulants. So…guys, rest assured that contrary to popular belief, your woman will not suffer from heart palpitations caused by the overwhelming feeling she gets when you surprise her with some fancy diamonds (be it ring or necklace). A more probable reason might be that she’s been consuming too much caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, or that she’s simply pregnant.
In some rare cases, heart palpitations can conceal other serious medical problems. Therefore, it’s always best to consult with your physicians if you start experiencing palpitations a little too often. This is especially true if along with these feelings, you get dizzy, have chest pain, or faint.
Causes of Hearth Palpitations
Heart palpitations causes fall under two distinct categories: a) known and b) unknown. Rather than speculating on the unknown causes, let’s tackle the known ones:
Anxiety and Stress: these strong emotions (including fear), can over time contribute to heart palpitations
Caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, or drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines
Existing medical conditions such as thyroid disease, anemia, low blood sugar/pressure
Hormonal changes for women, specifically during menstruation and pregnancy
Medications such as diet pills, asthma inhalers, decongestants, and certain medications that you use to combat serious heart rhythm problems
Coronary heart disease or prior heart attack situations
Other heart conditions such as heart valve issues, heart muscle problems, or congestive heart failure.
Treatment of heart palpitations
As you can imagine, treatments for heart palpitations depend on what the cause is. However, suffice to say that if your heart palpitations are not caused by an existing heart or medical condition, your doctor will advise you to simply avoid the very things that trigger the palpitations. This includes:
Reducing anxiety and stress; Common ways you can manage stress and anxiety are through yoga exercises, tai chi, and aroma therapy to relax your body and mind.
Staying away from fast foods, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, nicotine, and illegal drugs such as cocaine, and amphetamines
Discard medications that cause your heart to race. These medications include (but not limited to) cough medicines, and certain herbal supplements
If despite these lifestyle changes, you continue to experience heart palpitations, your physician should prescribe you medications such as beta-blockers or calcium-channel blockers. Do some research on what these are to get a better idea.
If your heart palpitation condition on the other hand is related to existing medical conditions, your doctor should focus on treating that underlying condition rather than medicating you for your palpitations.