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Causes of Heart Palpitations & Meditation

Updated on February 2, 2012

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.

Heart Palpitations
Heart Palpitations

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.

  • Date
  • 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.

Healthy Diet

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!

Blood Pressure

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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      vijay khedkar 

      4 years ago

      vare good

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      Kevin W 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Nice....well written and very informative......Big Props Jared....keep on....keeping on.

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      Susan Bailey 

      5 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Short and concise. Very informative hub. Well Done! Voted up and shared

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      Joy56 

      6 years ago

      I enjoyed this and i find it very enlightening.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is very good information. All those techniques will help many people but seeing a doctor is most important as there are several rhythm problems that can occur and they are treatable. I was a cardiac RN for over 20 years so this is familiar territory for me.

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      Temirah 

      7 years ago

      Great hub Jared and great advice. Palpitations can be really frightening They're often not serious but it takes a doctor and an ECG to say for sure.

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      moonlake 

      7 years ago from America

      I have had heart palpitations. Mine use to start at night as soon as I would go to bed. I did go to the doctor and he said I had a few palpitations learn to live with them. I left mad and did live with them until I had a heart attack then I had to go back. Very good information on your hub.

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      fashion 

      7 years ago

      Great hub.Very useful information here.

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      Gayatri 

      7 years ago from Bangalore

      very informative hub. keep writing

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