What Causes Heart Palpitations?

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1. Diet

Reduce your caffeine intake – it could be that your heart rhythms are being affected adversely by an excess of caffeine. Different people have varying sensitivity to caffeine. If this is the case, then limit you intake of coffee, tea and fizzy drinks containing caffeine.

Reduce your tobacco intake – tobacco dramatically alters both your mood as well as your oxygen intake. Ideally, cut out tobacco altogether. See your doctor for advice on quitting.

Balance your electrolytes – Heart palpitations can be dramatically affected by a lack of calcium, potassium and magnesium. Compile a diet sheet for the week that includes a list of foods rich in these electrolytes. Simply Google them and choose which of these foods appeal to you and try and work them into your diet. Your doctor will also be able to ascertain if you are deficient in any of these elements with a simple blood test. They should also be able to assist with appropriate dietary advice.

Foods such as bananas, apples, milk, wheat-rich bread, beans, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and lean meats will always be high on this list.

Avoid sugary, fatty foods where possible – These will simply give you ‘spikes’ of energy, raising your heart rate dramatically, and then crashing back down. Your heart does not need that right now!

2. Medication

Are you currently taking any mediation for an unrelated condition, which may be having an adverse effect on your heart rate? These can include beta blockers, blood pressure medication, anti-depressants and a whole raft of seemingly innocent medications.

If you suspect that this may be the case, then speak to your doctor about it.

3. Stay hydrated

Make sure you are always drinking enough water throughout the day. Water helps to use the electrolytes in your body, which is great news for the electrical needs of your heart. Even slight dehydration is enough to bring on heart palpitations. As a general rule, you should never be thirsty!

4. The cold water trick

Whilst experiencing palpitations, try having a very cold shower or simply throw cold water on your face and neck. It’s believed that this occurs due to the sharp intakes of breath which can shock the nervous system and stop your palpitations in their tracks. A similar effect can be achieved by simply coughing! It definitely eased and even arrested my own palpitations

5. Exercise

It may sound counter-intuitive, but exercise really can work wonders for your heart palpitations. Your heart is a muscle and appreciates being worked. Also, following exercise, both your heart rate and blood pressure will decrease. It can also be a great distraction away from dwelling on your symptoms.

If you are unused to vigorous exercise, then start with brisk walks. Always take advice from your doctor if you are worried about taking up strenuous exercise.

5. Relax

Easier said than done, I know! Telling someone to relax whilst experiencing an attack is like asking someone to be calm when faced by a tiger!

I could tell you how it’s important to breathe slowly through your nose, using abdomen and to lie down and close your eyes. But those pesky, morbid thoughts just seem to have a habit of creeping back in.

To have a real and long-lasting you need to follow a tried and tested treatment program, as I did. Personally, I used two treatment programs, and I’m pleased to report that they cured me not only of my heart palpitations, but also of all of my anxieties too.

Visit my site to better understand the causes of anxiety and the best treatment programs for heart palpitations, as well as a whole host of other disorders and phobias.

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