Heart Palpitations: Why does my heartbeat too fast?

Heart palpitations feel like when your heart skips a beat or beats faster than usual. You know that feeling you get when you see someone you are in love with? That is it! It becomes a thing of concern or a sign of a serious problem when it doesn’t stop.

Symptoms of Heart Palpitations

  • Skipping beats
  • Fluttering rapidly
  • Beating too fast
  • Pounding
  • Flip-flopping
  • Chest discomfort or pain
  • Fainting
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Severe dizziness
Heart Palpitations

What causes heart palpitations?

  • Strong emotional responses, such as stress, anxiety or panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Stimulants, including caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, amphetamines, and cold and cough medications that contain pseudoephedrine
  • Fever
  • Hormone changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy or menopause
  • Too much or too little thyroid hormone
  • Abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia).

Diagnosis of Heart palpitations

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG): In this noninvasive test, a technician place leads on your chest that record the electrical signals that make your heartbeat.
  • Holter monitoring: You wear this portable device to record a continuous ECG, usually for 24 to 72 hours, while you keep a diary of when you feel palpitations.
  • Event recording: If you don’t have irregular heart rhythms while you wear a Holter monitor or if the events occur less than once weekly, your doctor might recommend an event recorder.
  • Blood test: to find out if there are other underlying problems causing the palpitations.

How can you control Heart palpitations at home?

  • Reduce stress. Try relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga or deep breathing.
  • Avoid stimulants. Caffeine, nicotine, some cold medicines and energy drinks can make your heart beat quickly or irregularly.
  • Avoid illegal drugs. Certain drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines, can bring on heart palpitations.

Treating Heart Palpitations

Heart Palpitations don’t treat but the condition causing it can be tackled. For example, if it is caused by conditions like arrhythmia or hypothyroidism you will be treated for these conditions.

Your doctor will suggest lifestyle changes and advise you on how to reduce triggers causing your heart to beat faster than normal.

Do you feel you have a problem with your heart? Book an appointment with our international in-house cardiologist Dr. Thomas Bartel, who has over 30 years of experience in cardiology if you want the best for your heart.

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