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How To Reduce Your Palpitations



This article is about how you may be able to reduce your palpitations (PVC and/or PAC). Wanna just get to the gist of the article? Scroll until you see get to the gist

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Firstly, let me start off by saying there are no sure fire ways to stop or even reduce your palpitations. However, it is possible to reduce or even stop your palpitations, if you know the cause or tigers of your palpitations. Of course though, anyone experiencing palpitations must first have more serious causes, like heart disease ruled out. This can only be done by a medical doctor. If you have already been seen by a medical doctor and heart disease has been ruled out this article may be helpful.

There are many causes for palpitations and it is interesting to note that there are also unique causes for palpitations. For example, a person may have palpitations caused by irritants to their heart that wouldn't cause palpitations to anyone else in the world. This is because each of our hearts and bodies are unique. However, there are some common causes and it is helpful to be familiar with those common causes.


Here is a list of the most common causes of palpitations


  • Arrhythmia
  • Heart disease
  • Anemia
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Excitement
  • Indigestion - one reader reports that indigestion, leading to gas brings on palpitations
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Fear
  • Perimenopause - the pre-menopause phase can cause palpitations.
  • See also causes of symptom palpitations
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attack
  • Panic disorder

  • Generalized anxiety disorder


    If you have heart palpitations and were cleared by a medical doctor the chances are the doctor was not able to pinpoint a specific cause of the palpitations. Rather, the doctor probably told you that your palpitations were idiopathic and benign. Idiopathic actually means from unknown origins. So basically the doctor is telling you he doesn’t know. Or the doctor may have even said it is stress or hormones, which are to words doctors often use asa scapegoat for saying "i don't know".


    So what is the truth? Your palpitations are more likely to be caused by a number of factors rather than a few.  This is easy to grasp when you consider a palpitation like a sneeze of the heart. How many different things can make you sneeze? Would you try to figure out the one cause for every sneezed you ever had? Of course not, none of us would, because we know that there are many things that cause us to sneeze. I I believe this is also true for palpitations in many cases. So instead of looking for one specific cause for our palpitations, we should look to many factors. Note though, that it certainly is possible for palpitations to have one single cause, and I am not say they can't. I am saying it seems to me more likely for palpitatins to have many trigers.


                                 Now I'll get to the gist

    If you would like to try to reduce your palpitations or maybe even stop them, the best way to do this is to find the causes for your palpitations. This can be done by creating a journal or a diary that is very detailed.


    In this diary keep track of stuff like

    • when you wake up
    • how much sleep you got
    • how you feel over all for that day
    • what did you eat
    • how much did you eat, and what time did you eat
    • what medications did you take, what time did you take the medication
    • what was the weather like, was it hot? Cold?
    • Most importantly keep track of how many palpitations you have. If you are like me, this may be impossible some days, and in these cases you’ll have to give an estimate rather than a price amount.  

    After you have started to collect data make sure you stay consistent. To investigate possible causes, start by making comparisons between the days you have more palpitations to the days you have less palpitations. Then compare and look for differences between what you did and didn't do on those days. Once you have noted a possible cause, you can continue to keep track of this data and you look for patterns to form and other possible causes.


    You may find many patterns which  increase the amount of palpitations, and you may find patterns that decrease the amount of your palpitations. Of course when ever possible, reduce the factors that increase your palpitations but increase the factors that seem to reduce your palpitations.


    Here are some possible causes. It may be helpful to review these when collecting data for your diary or when review data to look for possible causes


  • Alcohol
  • Lack of Sleep
  • Smoking
  • Drugs, medications
  • Caffeine
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Magnesium and potassium deficiency
  • Other vitamins
  • Calcium excess
  • Acidic Foods
  • And many, many, many more...


    I hope this was helpful

    Shea Sawyer

    Healthcare Specialist EMT


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