Menopause and heart palpitations
Out of all the symptoms of menopause, heart palpitations or an elevated heart rate can feel frightening. Sometimes 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. Menopause heart palpitations can feel like your is heart pounding or beating faster than usual.
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 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
HOW CAN YOU REDUCE MENOPAUSE PALPITATIONS?
1. Aim for 75 minutes of intensive or 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. You may want to avoid intensive exercise if this worsens symptoms – always check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise regime
2. Get enough sleep – set regular bed and wake times
3. Avoid stimulants, such as nicotine, caffeine, spicy food and alcohol
4. Manage your stress levels – try mindfulness or yoga
5. It may seem obvious, but avoid illegal drugs (including cocaine, amphetamine, heroin, cannabis and ecstasy)
6. See your doctor if your palpitations do not settle – they may advise further tests including a blood pressure check or blood tests for cholesterol and blood sugar.
WOULD HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (HRT) HELP?
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
I’ve been really focusing on my exercise and it’s helped keep my weight under control.”
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