Heart palpitations are when the heart suddenly speeds up and starts to feel “fluttery”. From there the heart begins to race like it is trying to pound it’s way out of your chest! This unpleasant feeling is often mistake for a heart attack in sufferers.
Causes of Heart Palpitations
- Stress – When you are stressed the body goes into overdrive to prepare to protect itself. Small things can trigger full on fight or flight effects complete with heart palpitations. Adding depression into the mix can only make this get worse!
- Physical activities – Doing heavy physical activity naturally makes the heart race. However, if the body is not used to such high levels of activity or emotions like excitement are mixed in things may escalate to full on heart palpitations.
- Stimulants – Stimulants like energy drinks, tobacco, over the counter diet aides and antihistamines can all increase the heart rate and cause heart palpitations.
- Alcohol – Drinking a lot of alcohol at once (binge drinking) can cause heart palpitations even if you think you are an experienced drinker.
- Heart problems – Certain heart conditions have been known to have heart palpitations as a warning sign. If you are getting heart palpitations and none of the other causes seem to apply, see a doctor immediately!
Treatments for Heart Palpitations
1. Try a Natural Supplements
Certain supplements are very good for regulating your heartbeat. Coriander, Aniseed and Jaggery work well when mixed together and are commonly taken with meals. A few spoonfuls of honey mixed with hot water and lemon is a nice before bed remedy. Indian Spikenard and grapes are both great heart beat regulators. Try taking either Indian Spikenard tea or grape juice three times a day. Some people also find success in eating half a fresh guava on an empty stomach daily.
Yes, we said earlier that exercise can cause heart palpitations, but as your body gets used to working out your heart will grow stronger as well. A stronger heart means that heart palpitations will happen less often, so stick with those exercises!
3. Arrhythmia Medication
If you keep having heart palpitations you may have Arrhythmia. Arrhythmia is when your heartbeat is irregular in general. Only a doctor can tell for sure, so be sure to see a doctor if you have frequent heart palpitations so Arrhythmia or other more serious conditions can be ruled out.