What Causes Heart Palpitations?
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by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted
Common causes of heart palpitations or that feeling of the heart skipping a beat
As a perimenopausal woman, I am experiencing heart arrythmia. I do not have hot flashes now or that “racing heartbeat” that some women going through menopause go through but I do have that “heart just skipped a beat” thing going on and, quite frankly, it’s a little scary.
I didn’t realize menopause could cause heart palpitations but, apparently, it’s quite a common menopausal symptom and is caused by hormone fluctuations, which can happen very suddenly in the menopausal woman. However, I also learned that this condition can occur during menustration and during pregnancy as well, so any time a woman’s body is going through hormonal changes it appears that heart palpitations may happen as well.
Other causes of heart palpitations can be ingesting too many stimulants like caffeine or diet pills, or drinking too much alcohol.
Interestingly enough, I unwittingly discovered another cause of irregular heartbeat, at least for me. Fructose or cane sugar may be the culprit. Also, watch for fructooligosaccharide in health formulas you buy as it is a member of the fructose family.
Someone with panic disorder or anxiety disorder can experience heart palpitations as a result of stress, fear or anxiety.
Certain heart conditions, including mitral valve prolapse can cause heart palpitations as well.
Of course, most illegal drugs can affect the heart adversely including causing rapid heartbeat, irregular heartbeat, arrythmia, etc.
Additional considerations if you are having heart palpitations: Smoking, stress and certain medications (talk with your doctor about any you are taking if you develop heart palpitations).
You should also rule out thyroid problems that can sometimes create heart palpitations as well as ruling out anemia.
Hyperventilation can bring them on as well, as can exercising too long or too intensely for your current level of endurance.
Proper diagnosis to rule out heart disease or other heart problems can be indicated but, in my case, I really feel it’s menopausal and caffiene-related along with stress in some cases. What I’ve learned about myself is that it doesn’t really matter if it’s what I would call good stress or the type of stress that is induced by worry, fear, or struggle.
I am just as apt to get these heart palpitations after a wonderful, fun but very tiring day of shopping, eating out and visiting with my friends as I am to get them out of any anxious state. The key for me is to not overdo the caffiene, to take frequent breaks during very busy days and most of all, to be sure I drink enough water and eat enough protein.
Less common potential causes of tachycardia include quinine, tea tree oil, EMF waves, etc.
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