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What you should know about palpitations

Palpitations are often described as a rapid or a slow heart rate. When the heartbeat is rapid, you often feel very aware of your heart beating in your chest. Sometimes it will feel like a flutter in the center of your chest and other times it might feel as though it is thumping really hard and fast. You may even have chest pain, fainting spells or dizziness.

When the palpitations are described as a slow heart rate, most people complain of fatigue, nausea, dizziness and short of breath.
When should you contact your physician?

As always, you should call the doctor anytime you have something new develop. Where palpitations are concerned, signs and symptoms that should be addressed right away include:

•    Fainting
•    Irregular heartbeats that don’t return to normal
•    Irregular heartbeats that is painful
•    Chest pain of any kind
•    Vomiting
•    Diarrhea
•    Shortness of breath
•    Rashes

Never allow any new signs or symptoms to be left untreated where you heart is concerned. Get some treatment and advice from your professional.

What can I do to lessen my chances of palpitations?

Try to eliminate caffeine entirely or at least cut back. Caffeine is a stimulant and will increase the odds of palpitations a great deal. Other stimulants will cause similar problems. These include diet pills, smoking, drinking and a bevy of drugs.
Exercising is one of the best ways to avoid palpitations. Exercising that heart muscle keeps it strong and powerful and it also helps it stay “regular” and normal.

Try to eliminate stress and disorder from your life. Stress is a horrible problem in our society and the cause of many of our health problems. Try yoga, meditation or spiritual guidance to calm those choppy waters.

Go low-fat in your eating. The less fat you put in your system the better as far as your heart is concerned.