Many people experience heart palpitations during an anxiety attack. This pounding of your heartbeat can cause you to feel as if you are having a heart attack or as if you are going to die. The good news is that heart palpitations are often not serious and do not signal a health concern.
What are Heart Palpitations?
Heart palpitations have been described in numerous ways. It can be a feeling of your heart pounding, a racing heartbeat. Some people describe feeling as if they have skipped a heartbeat followed by strong heartbeats. Other people may feel their heartbeat becomes irregular, feeling as if they have periods of weak heartbeats and then periods of rapid heartbeats.
Anxiety and Heart Disease
Recent research has shown a correlation between an increased risk of heart disease and anxiety, therefore, if you are experiencing heart palpitations, it is wise to talk with your doctor and determine if there is a physical cause for your heart palpitations. Some p...
Lisa Nelson #14: What do you recommend for individuals experiencing heart palpitations and what may be triggering the problem?
Dr. Shelby-Lane: Arrhythmias are any deviations in the normal rhythm of the heart (heartbeat). They usually occur as a result of interference with the electrical pathways that produce the heart's rhythmic muscular contractions. The Parasympathetic Nervous System is responsible for slowing down the heartbeat rate. The Beta-1 Adrenergic Receptors of the Beta-Adrenergic Nervous System are responsible for speeding up the heartbeat rate.
If you experience the following symptoms, you may need to be evaluated for toxicity and consider a stress test , echocardiogram, holter monitor or a tilt table test for further evaluation and diagnosis. A neurologic evaluation may also be indicated.
Fluttering or pounding in the heart Hemodynamic disturbances are potentially life-threatening such as bradycardia and tachycardia Dizziness Syncope (fainting) Unu...
One of the most common symptoms of anxiety is an acute awareness of one’s own heartbeat. These heartbeats, or palpitations, may involve a sense of the heart beating rapidly, often accompanied by abnormal rhythms. Some people describe heart flutter as a sensation. There may be awareness of extra beats or missing beats. Palpitations may occur during activity or at rest. Little wonder that such pronounced sensations lead many to question whether they are about to have a heart attack. Very often this results in calls for medical assistance.
Palpitations themselves are not serious but they could indicate something more severe. Some estimates suggest that nearly 50 percent of referrals to cardiac specialists come from complaints of palpitations. Despite this, most cases tend to be due to anxiety.
Before anxiety is ruled in, the doctor will first want to exclude any physical causes, which can include diet and lifestyle. Fitness, especially if this involves vigorous forms ...
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