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Remedy for palpitations

Heart palpitations are described as a sensation that the heart has skipped a beat or added an extra beat. The heart is racing, pounding or fluttering which can also be felt in the neck. Heart palpitations are feelings of having a fast, fluttering or pounding heart and it can be caused by exercise, stress, medications or sometimes due to underlying condition. Sometimes, it can be a symptom of a severe heart condition such as an irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia that needs immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of palpitations

  • A sensation of fullness of the throat
  • Very fast heart beat
  • Skipping heart beats
  • Fluttering
  • Pumping harder than usual
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    If the palpitations cause discomfort or pain, shortness of breath, severe dizziness and fainting, seek medical help immediately.

If the palpitations cause discomfort or pain, shortness of breath, severe dizziness and fainting, seek medical help immediately.

Causes

  • High levels of adrenalin that causes stress, anxiety, fear, panic or caused by overexertion or strenuous exercises.
  • Anemia and imbalance in electrolytes caused by abnormal levels of magnesium, calcium and potassium
  • Consumption of tobacco, alcohol and caffeine
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Using some over-the-counter medications such as herbal and cold medications that contains pseudoephedrine.
  • Using illegal drugs such as cocaine, marijuana and amphetamines.
  • Abnormal structure of the heart and the narrowing of the arteries
  • Taking asthma medications such as albuterol inhalers and thyroid replacement medications
  • Changes in the hormonal levels and flow of blood due to an increased blood supply to the uterus

Treatment

  • Perform Valsalva maneuver since it restores a fast heartbeat to normal. It stimulates the 10th cranial nerve or the vagus nerve to slow down the heartbeat. Pinch the nose and close the mouth and breathe out strongly to accelerate the flow of blood and slow down the beat of the heart. Avoid using this remedy if the affected person is suffering from heart disease.
  • Perform deep breathing to lessen anxiety and panic attacks and normalize the beating of the heart. It also relaxes the body and promotes proper supply of oxygen to the brain. Sit in a cross-legged position and then take slow, deep breathes through the nose which makes the stomach expand with each breath. Repeat slowly through the mouth for a few minutes until the beating slows down. Perform regularly yoga and meditations to prevent heart palpitations.
  • Drink a glass of cold water to restore the normal heartbeat, minimize stress, anxiety and dizziness. Another way is splashing cold water on the face to minimize the palpitations and panic attacks. Take cold showers since it can make the fast heart beat return to normal.
  • Coughing very strongly for a few minutes can minimize palpitations. It builds pressure up the chest and makes the return to a normal rate.
  • Increase the consumption of green vegetables and fresh fruits. It is recommended to eat at least 1-2 ripe guavas on an empty stomach every day.
  • Drink plenty of liquids especially water to prevent palpitations. Get plenty of sleep at least 6-7 hours of sleep every night.

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