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Palpitations make you feel like your heart is beating too hard or too fast, skipping a beat, or fluttering. You may notice heart palpitations in your chest, belly, throat, or neck.
They can be bothersome or frightening. They usually aren't serious or harmful, though, and often go away on their own. Most of the time, they're caused by stress and anxiety, or because you’ve had too much caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol. They can also happen when you’re pregnant.
In rare cases, palpitations can be a sign of a more serious heart condition. So, if you have heart palpitations, see your doctor. Get immediate medical attention if they come with:
After your doctor takes your medical history and looks you over, he may order tests to find the cause. If he finds one, the right treatment can reduce or get rid of the palpitations.
If there’s no underlying cause, lifestyle changes can help, including stress management.
There can be many. Usually, palpitations are either related to your heart or the cause is unknown from a Traditional Medical perspective.
Non-heart-related causes include:
When this condition exists, it isn't hard to appreciate the heart becoming erratic when the stomach invades the space of the heart.
Some people have palpitations after heavy meals rich in carbohydrates, sugar, or fat. Sometimes, eating foods with a lot of monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrates, or sodium can bring them on, too.
If you have heart palpitations after eating certain foods, it could be due to food sensitivity. Keeping a food diary can help you figure out which foods to avoid.
They can also be related to heart disease. When they are, they’re more likely to represent arrhythmia. Heart conditions tied to palpitations include:
At the Doctor’s Office
Your doctor will:
Sometimes, a blood test can help your doctor find the cause of your palpitations.
Other useful tests include:
If necessary, your doctor may refer you to a cardiologist for more tests or treatment.
This depends on their cause. Often, palpitations are harmless and go away on their own. In that case, no treatment is needed.
If your doctor doesn't find a cause, he may advise you to avoid the things that might trigger the palpitations. Strategies may include:
Easing anxiety and stress.
Common ways include:
Cutting out certain foods, beverages, and other substances.
These may include:
Avoiding medications that act as stimulants.
You may have to steer clear of:
If lifestyle changes don’t help, you may be prescribed medications. In some cases, these will be beta-blockers or calcium-channel blockers.
If your doctor finds a reason for your palpitations, he will focus on treating that reason.
If they’re caused by a medication, he will try to find a different treatment.
If they represent an arrhythmia, you may get medications or procedures. You may also be referred to a heart rhythm specialist known as an electrophysiologist.
Dr. Huntoon's Alternative Medicine Perspective
Having the Medical Perspective above, which is the "Standards of Medical Care," you may have noticed all they will offer you is "treatment." Treatment that has no end in sight. This is because in the first part of the "Standards of Medicial Care" you may have noticed that the Allopathic Medical Industry freely acknowledges the Cause is Unknown. That does not bode well for placing your confidence in their treatment as a solution. After all, First, Do No Harm and Second, Do Not Treat Something You Do Not Understand. Bad things will happen!
Heart Rhythm is controlled by the Nervous System within the heart, initiated by the SinoAtrial Node (SA Node) and spreads throughout the heart on the heart's neural network. This network is fed by adequate amounts of B vitamins and organic and trace minerals. When the body is deficient in these necessary fuels for the neural network, the electrical impulses that regulate the rhythm of the heart become erratic and palpitations and arrhythmia results.
This stems from inadequate healthy flora within the digestive system due to the elimination of these healthy bacteria as a result of taking antibiotics. As a result of antibiotic exposure, the good friendly bacteria that help a person absorb their B vitamins is greatly interfered with. And, therefore, over time, the body cannot absorb adequate B vitamins to maintain proper heart rhythm and arrhythmia and heart palpitations develop.
What also seems to be associated with and the underlying provoking CAUSE of this electrical issue is the condition of a Hiatal Hernia. When the stomach pushes up through the hiatus in the diaphragm, this creates stress in the thoracic cavity and all the organs found there. Ideally built to house 3 major organs, when you add the forth organ (the herniated stomach), this crowds the thoracic cavity and the heart reacts by functioning and beating irregularly. Addressing the reasons for this AFTER addressing the Hiatal Hernia will help to SOLVE this condition fully. And all of it can be done within one office visit.
Dr. Huntoon has lots of experience working with this condition. He has helped hundreds of people stop their heart palpitations and go on to lead a normal, healthy life. Addressing the nutritional deficiencies and Hiatal Hernia usually makes the condition disappear quite quickly. Addressing the life-style choices that lead to both imbalances becomes prudent when fully resolving this condition. You would benefit truly from having a Consultation and Examination with Dr. Huntoon.
Others have benefited using Acupuncture, Homeopathy and Naturopathy.
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