How to Manage Palpitations At Home
What Is A Heart Palpitation?
Palpitation is characterized when the heart either beats irregularly or faster than its regular workload. As a result, the person notices that there is something wrong with the regular beating of the heart, and the palpitations are commonly noticed along the pulse on the neck/throat area or at the chest itself.
Although heart palpitations are not serious and harmful, they are still frightening and bothering. They are commonly caused by anxiety and stress, as well as too much consumption of products with alcohol, nicotine and caffeine. There are instances, however, that palpitations could be indicative of a more serious heart condition; seeking medical assistance, therefore, is necessary when palpitations are accompanied by dizziness, lightheadedness, chest pain or shortness of breath.
What Are The Possible Causes of Heart Palpitations?
Because palpitations are commonly a result of various conditions, their causes also varies. Some of the most common causes of heart palpitations including the following:
- Intense physical activity.
- Too much consumption of alcohol, nicotine or caffeine products, as well as illicit drugs that causes hyperactivity.
- Strong emotions including anxiety, stress and fear. Panic attacks also cause heart palpitations.
- Several medical conditions including anemia, low levels of blood sugar, fever, dehydration and low blood pressure.
- Certain hormonal changes, especially during menstruation, pregnancy and before menopause.
- Side effects from certain medications such as asthma inhalers, decongenstant and anti-arryhthmias.
However, when palpitations are caused by an underlying condition, the most common causes include – coronary artery disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure and heart muscle ailments.
How To Manage Heart Palpitations At Home?
Specifically, management of heart palpitations is based on its underlying cause. But if palpitations are due to unknown reasons, certain lifestyle changes could help prevent the condition from occurring. Certain self-management techniques to avoid palpitations from triggering include the following:
Reducing causes of stress and anxiety. Stress-reducing techniques such as relaxation, light exercises, deep breathing and other therapeutic regimens could help prevent and control palpitations.
Lifestyle changes, especially with diet, are also helpful. Reduction of certain beverages, foods and substances that are high in caffeine, alcohol or nicotine could reduce palpitation attacks.
Avoiding certain medications that could trigger palpitations; stimulants commonly add up to the possibility of having heart palpitations, so if you are taking cough and cold medications with stimulants, you should seek medical assistance before further using it.
Most Importantly, Consult Your Doctor
If self-help techniques do not alleviate symptoms of palpitations, then this means that there is an underlying cause for it. You may need to consult your doctor for further management and evaluation of your condition.
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