Perimenopause Information

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of perimenopause and onwards.

Heart Palpitations

Heart palpitations are a common symptom of perimenopause. They are caused by a sudden, irregular, or forceful heartbeat. Palpitations can be felt as a fluttering, racing, or pounding in the chest. They can also be accompanied by other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, or lightheadedness.

There are a number of things that can cause heart palpitations, including:

  • Hormonal changes: Estrogen plays a role in regulating heart rate, so when levels drop during perimenopause, it can lead to palpitations.
  • Stress: Stress can worsen palpitations.
  • Anxiety: Anxiety can also worsen palpitations.
  • Dehydration: Dehydration can cause your heart to beat faster.
  • Medications: Some medications, such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol, can cause palpitations.
  • Medical conditions: Heart palpitations can be a sign of a medical condition, such as an arrhythmia, thyroid problems, or anemia.

If you are experiencing heart palpitations, it is important to talk to your doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions. There are a number of things you can do to help manage palpitations, including:

  • Get enough sleep: When you are well-rested, your heart is better able to cope with stress.
  • Eat a healthy diet: A healthy diet can help to improve your overall health and well-being, which can help to reduce the risk of palpitations.
  • Exercise regularly: Exercise can help to reduce stress, improve circulation, and strengthen your heart.
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol: These substances can worsen palpitations.
  • Manage stress: Stress can worsen palpitations. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature.
  • Talk to your doctor: If you are concerned about your palpitations, talk to your doctor. They can help you to understand what is happening and recommend treatment options if needed.