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If your heart palpitations come with fainting, chest pain or extreme shortness of breath, you may need immediate medical treatment. If no serious symptoms or signs come with your palpitations or if they occur for only a short time, you still may need a doctor’s advice to see if your palpitations are not dangerous or if they’re signals or symptoms of a more serious heart problem.

In order to make the most out of your appointment, you may want to prepare well for it by heeding the following tips:

For your part you may need to:

List down in a notebook questions to ask your doctor.
Call your doctor a week or two or days before your appointment day to know if you need to adhere to certain pre-appointment requirement such as diet restrictions, medicine restrictions, etc.
Remember your regular exercise and diet routines. If you don’t have a diet or exercise routine, you can confer with your doctor on how to get started on them.
To get the best appointment experience you may want to bring a friend or family member with you. Having someone with you during the appointment can be helpful in remembering all what the doctor has said that will help you understand your condition and take care of yourself much better.  Your companion may recall information that you may have forgotten or missed.
Write down or better yet, bring all the medications including steroids, herbs, supplements and prescription or over-the-counter drugs you are presently taking with you to show to your doctor
List down important information about yourself – This means your personal and family’s medical history especially if you or a member of your family is suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, arrhythmias, heart disease; list down also your stress factors and the recent major changes in your life.
List down as well symptoms you are experiencing that may not be connected to your heart palpitations.

You can save a lot of time in your appointment by writing down questions to ask you doctor. If you are uncertain what questions to ask you doctor, listed below are some questions you can use to ask your doctor:

What is causing my heart palpitations?
Could there be other conditions that may be causing my symptoms?
What steps do I need to take when my symptoms recur?
What tests do I need to undergo?
Is treatment needed for my palpitations?
What type of activity can I do everyday?
Are there other ways in lieu of the main course of treatment you recommend?
How can I best manage my palpitations and my other health problems?
Are there any restrictions that I need to follow?
Do I need to see a specialist?
Can you prescribe generic medicines in lieu to the brand names you prescribe?
Can you provide me reading materials regarding my condition? Are there websites you recommend to know more about my condition?

If you come up with questions other than the ones above, do not hesitate to ask them to your doctor.

Your doctor in turn will need to ask questions in order to understand your condition much better. Some of his questions may go like these:

When was the first time you noticed your palpitations?
Are your palpitations infrequent or continuous?
Do your palpitations abruptly start and stop?
Do you notice a pattern with your palpitations like their happening in a certain time every day or when you’re doing a certain type of activity?
Do you still have a normal heart beat during your palpitations?
What factors worsen or better your symptoms?
Do you experience these symptoms: dizziness, fainting, chest pain or shortness during your palpitations?
Were you diagnosed with atrial fibrillation or other heart rhythm irregularities?

While waiting for your appointment, try to better your condition by avoiding stress factors or activities that might give you palpitations. Also try to avoid things that can cause your heart to palpitate like cold medicines, supplements or energy drinks that contain stimulants or too much alcohol or caffeine. Try also to avoid panic attacks or anxiety or anything that may cause you heart palpitations.

 

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Diet

Lessening caffeine intake – Since caffeine is a stimulant, taking in too much of this substance can increase the rhythm of the heart. Certain individuals have different degrees of sensitivity to caffeine and if you are the one who experiences palpitations from the intake of stimulants, then you need to cut down your intake of fizzy drinks, tea and coffee containing caffeine.

Cigarette smoking cessation – if you find it difficult to completely stop smoking tobacco, try to limit it. Tobacco smoking can dramatically change your mood as well as your intake of oxygen.  Talk to your physician on how to quit smoking either abruptly or gradually.

Balance your electrolytes – Inadequate levels of electrolytes such as magnesium, potassium and calcium can lead to effects such as heart palpitations. Make a diet list for a week that should include foods rich in electrolytes. You can do some online research and select the foods that appeal to you and integrate them into your regular diet. Your physician can help verify any nutrient and electrolyte deficiency in you using a simple blood test. Your physician or a nutritionist can assist you with the proper dietary suggestions.

Healthy foods like lean meats, vegetables, seeds, nuts, pulses, beans, whet-rich bread, milk, apples and bananas should be included in your diet list.

Do not take in fatty and sugary foods – These unhealthy foods will provide ‘spikes’ of energy that elevates your heart rate dramatically, and then after a short while crashes it back down. They are foods your body does not really need.

Medicine

If you are presently using drugs that include anti-depressants, blood pressure meds or beta blockers that may have side effects that adversely affect the beat of your heart then chances are high that you will experience palpitations. If this is so, then you need to consult with your doctor about this problem.

Keep yourself hydrated

Be sure to drink at least about 8 full glasses of water each day. Water is essential to utilizing the electrolytes in your body and helps provide the electrical requirements of your heart. Slight dehydration can be sufficient enough to bring about heart palpitations.

Cold water

If you are experiencing palpitations, throw cold water on your neck and face or better yet take a very cold shower. Cold water induces you to take sharp intakes of breath that can dramatically stimulate your nervous system helping to stop your palpitations. You can get the same affect by simply coughing. Some people use coughing to ease and arrest their palpitations

Exercise

Strange as it may sound but exercise can help stop and prevent heart palpitations. Since your heart is a muscle, exercising benefits it as well.  Through exercise, your blood pressure as well as your heart rate will decrease. It can likewise serve as a distraction from keeping you fixated on your symptoms. If you do not regularly exercise or have not exercised at all, then you can start by taking brisk walks.  You need to talk to your doctor first if you are anxious about performing strenuous exercise.

Relax

Relaxing is a very important factor in helping stop palpitations. Try to relax by closing your eyes, lying down and breathing slowly through your nose.

Bear Down

When you have palpitations try to clinch your stomach muscles in a manner that mimics the act of going to the bathroom and forcing out a bowl movement. This activity helps stop or at least slows down your heart beat a little.

Valsalva Maneuver

Oftentimes the reason for heart palpitations is problem in the vagus nerve.  Stimulating the vagus nerve can stop palpitations and may help bring your heart beat to a normal level. The Valsalva maneuver entails holding your nose and closing your mouth while you try to breathe out with force (like blowing up a balloon). When done properly you can attain quick relief from your palpitations.  The Valsalva Maneuver is quite similar to the Bearing Down technique.

Deep Breathing Exercises

These types of exercises are very effective in the treatment of anxiety and for sure can assist in slowing down your heart rate, which in turn can stop or lessen heart palpitations.  You can try yoga which is an activity that focuses on your breathing and adopts correct deep breathing techniques.

 

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