Causes of Heart Palpitations & Meditation
How to Handle Heart Palpitations
First things first, you absolutely MUST see a health professional, such as a doctor on this if you are experiencing heart palpitations. The information on how to handle heart palpitations in this article are not meant as a way to treat them permanently. All that you will find here are techniques to help the pain and discomfort of the palpitations reside. Remember, this is serious business. If you have been suffering with these, you NEED to see a doctor.
Even after you have seen a doctor, if he does not diagnose you with any serious heart problems, you must immediately return if you palpitations cause loss of consciousness or are accompanied by shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, unusual sweating or the sensation of being lightheaded.
Keep a Record of Your Palpitations
Grab a notebook and use a sharpie to label it as 'Heart Palpitation Record.' Whenever you have a heart palpitation, you must write down the following as a new entry in your record.
- Time of Day
- Severity of Palpitations
- Duration of Palpitations
- How you felt at the time
You then must determine if they are associated with certain events, feelings or daily responsibilities.
It is important to keep record of all these details, because you must consult your doctor if you suddenly experience new or different heart beats, if you are experiencing frequent extra heart beats or if your pulse is greater than 100 beats per minute.
Stress Reduction Techniques
Cut down as much as you can on your stress and anxiety levels. You can use a various number of different techniques for this such as meditation or yoga. If you are seeking a quality meditation exercise, please click HERE to read my guided meditation.
Any time your heart palpitations start to occur, I recommend you use the above meditation technique to greatly reduce their severity. If the situation does not permit you do the full meditation, at least use the breathing and muscle relaxation techniques in the beginning of it. They should be pretty easy to memorize so you can easily start to do them whenever the palpitations arise.
This will greatly reduce the pressure and discomfort the palpitations cause you to feel.
The third and final part of handling your heart palpitations is to get your diet back in check. First things first, cut out ALL caffeine. Caffeine is a huge contributor to increasing the severity of your heart palpitations. If you're a coffee addict or a late night monster drinker, you're going to be alright. Did you know that eating one red delicious apple does more to awaken and arouse your senses than an entire cup of coffee? It's pretty astounding! However, the research has shown that apples contain key ingredients to waking up the nervous system. Start replacing your daily caffeine with an apple to keep you awake.
Secondly, you MUST give up all nicotine. No more chewing tobacco and no more smoking, if you really want to successfully cut down the severity of your heart palpitations.
You should balance your diet so that you are getting plenty of low fat foods, but you're still eating enough to keep your blood sugar levels relatively high.
It is important you drink plenty of water as well. Drink about a gallon a day. What I do is just fill up my gallon with some purified water and take it wherever I go. This makes it much easier to keep track of. Try it!
Closely monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels to keep them under control. If they start getting up into the extremely dangerous levels, also known as the 'red zone', or if you see them rapidly climbing at all, consult your health care professional immediately!
There are plenty of great electronic blood pressure and cholesterol monitors you can wear now days to make your job easy. 50 years ago, testing your blood pressure and cholesterol levels was a major pain in the rear end. Enjoy the luxury of the technology you have available today.
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