Menopause and heart palpitations
Palpitations and an elevated heart rate are common during menopause. Many women find that these symptoms are associated with hot flushes, although they can happen at other times too.
Read on to find out more about causes, treatments and when you should think about seeing a doctor.
We are not usually aware of our heart beating. However, in certain circumstances, we may begin to feel it. This can take the form of a thumping, fluttering or pounding sensation in the chest, also known as palpitations. You may also feel ‘missed’ beats or an increased heart rate.
Palpitations can happen for a range of reasons and are often harmless. However, you may need to see your doctor to rule out any serious causes.
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HOW LIKELY ARE PALPITATIONS DURING MENOPAUSE?
- These symptoms are common
- One study found that between 20-40% of women experience palpitations while going through menopause
Read more about the stages of menopause.
How to keep your heart healthy
Get weight under control with a BMI under 25
Healthy diet – low in saturated fat and sugar, high in fibre, fruit and vegetables
Speak to your GP – they may advise further tests including a blood pressure check or blood tests for cholesterol and blood sugar.
HOW CAN YOU MINIMALISE PALPITATIONS CAUSED BY MENOPAUSE?
1. Engage in regular exercise
2. Get enough sleep
3. Avoid caffeine
4. Avoid alcohol
5. Avoid spicy foods
6. Stop smoking
7. Avoid illegal drugs (including cocaine, amphetamine, heroin, cannabis and ecstasy)
8. See your doctor if your palpitations do not settle
WOULD HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERARY (HRT) HELP?
Some women find that HRT helps to reduce their palpitations. HRT is also useful in treating menopausal symptoms including hot flushes, mood changes and sleep disturbance, among others.
However, HRT is not suitable for everyone. If you would like to find out more about your personal treatment options, speak to your doctor.
Read more about the HRT debate.
Palpitations and menopause
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