Menopause Heart Palpitations
Menopause heart palpitations can be another symptom of menopause, and one that can be helped with natural remedies.
Heart palpitations can be a concern, but understanding the reasons for them should put your mind at ease – which is the ultimate goal for prevention of this uncomfortable symptom.
Rest assured, this is a common menopausal symptom that many women in their 40’s and 50’s experience. They may or may not be accompanied by hot flashes. Heart palpitations are also known as an irregular heartbeat, cardiac arrhythmia, or racing pulse and they usually only last a few months.
It is important if you experience this symptom that you consult with your doctor so that he or she could perform an examination to make sure that it is menopause that is causing the symptom and not some other underlying medical issue.
The Reason Menopause Heart Palpitations Occur
The cause of heart palpitations during menopause is the result of fluctuating hormones – specifically, rising FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) which happens when your body is trying to stimulate ovulation. Along with the rising levels of FSH, your estrogen levels are increasing and your progesterone levels are decreasing causing further confusion in your body system and throwing everything off balance.
The constantly changing levels of estrogen and progesterone are hard on your body – as a result your body gets stressed, heart palpitations occur and your body starts to sweat.
Restoring the Rhythm
There are things that you can do to help. Relax your body, relax your mind – in other words, take a break from whatever you are doing and give your body and mind time to adjust to what is happening.
If you are exercising when the heart palpitations start, you should stop and rest. It is best if you lie down and breathe deeply. Breathing through your nose and exhaling through your mouth will help to give your heart time to return to its normal operation.
During this rest period, focus on pleasant experiences - think happy thoughts. This will alleviate any rising anxiety levels you may start to feel.
Avoid smoking, drinking any caffeinated beverages, taking decongestants and diet pills during menopause. When you avoid anything that could stimulate your body even further, it will help to decrease the chance of menopause heart palpitations.
Meditation is always a good thing at anytime and for anyone, but especially good for women going through menopause. It will lessen your stress level, which will help to lessen these episodes. Another great way to reduce stress is through yoga, especially with the relaxing poses and breathing exercises.
Most importantly, remember that you are not the only person having these experiences. It is always helpful to talk to someone else – a family member or friend who is going through menopause too. You may even find that she’s also had menopause heart palpitations and you can help each other to get through it.
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