Heart Palpatataions

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Heart Palpatataions

Postby Madison » Mon Feb 28, 2005 5:51 pm

Well I have had all the tests and am told that my fluttering heartbeat feeling in my throat is just due to a slight irregular heartbeat. My question is this when I asked the good older male doctor if the palpatations could be menopause related he chuckled and said "not likely" However, it seems to me that when my estrogen levels were too high and the dosage was decreased they all but stopped for months. Then when I tried to go off the estrogen and use a herbal supplement, voila they came back with a vengence. I discoverd that I was having an allergic reaction to the Ginseng in the supplement. When I stopped taking them the palpatations stopped again. Over the last four weeks I have been weaned off of my estrogen all together and am taking nothing. But... palpatations are back and I am wondering if it is just all part and parcel of the whole menopausal thing, any takers??
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Heart Palpitations

Postby JeanieC » Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:04 pm

I'll buy into that theory. I started having palpitations around the same time my periods started going haywire, around age 42 or 43 (I'm 53 now). Scared me to death the first time it happened. I've had every test you can think of and everything checked out fine. Now when it happens, I try to take a deep breath and go on about my business.

Postby pamibe » Tue Mar 01, 2005 7:40 am

Heart palpitations were my first symptom, and though I wore a heart monitor for 24 hours my doctor couldn't find anything wrong! Until my hair started falling out I considered those the most unsettling of all the symptoms! :wink:


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Postby karl » Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:04 pm

I too have been getting this awful heart beating problem for the past four weeks. My Doc did an ECG and the graph was all over the place, really scared me. She told me to cut out all alcohol :( and all caffeine which I duly did, I'm now coming up to a month and there is no change, my heart is actually missing a beat most of the time and then it seems to beat double time to catch up, like I can feel my heart rolling over in my chest almost, its really horrible and makes me feel stressed out which makes it worse, I also feel like my chest gets a bit tight but that's probably because I'm conscious of it happening, I tend to keep taking my pulse etc, waiting to get bad pains and drop down with a heart attack. I've been back to my Doc, who didn't seem impressed when I asked if it could be menopause related (I'm almost 51) and she took some blood tests, a full blood count, thyroid etc but these have come back ok? So what now, do I have to just put up with it, will it eventually go away?

Best wishes to you all.


Postby Zero » Sat Apr 09, 2005 8:28 am

Here's some info on heart palpitations & menopause. They make them sound very harmless, but we also have to remember that we're getting to the age where we need to consider the possibilities of some of us having real heart problems. I mention this because for so long women were diagnosed according to men's symptoms and it's been just recently that the medical world is finally saying that women's symptoms are different.
Many women going through perimenopause may experience the sensation of feeling like their heart is beating in an irregular manner. These are called heart palpitations and may be part of the general instability that perimenopausal women feel. These palpations are usually transient, occurring intermittently over a month or two.

What causes heart palpitations?

One common cause of palpitations is the overuse of stimulants, including caffeine (coffee, tea, sodas), nicotine, diet pills and medications such as decongestants. Accidental overdose of some medicines such as antidepressants and thyroid hormone replacement medication can also cause palpitations.

Medical conditions that can also cause palpitations include:

Some thyroid problems.
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Mitral valve prolapse, a mild deformity of one of the valves in your heart.
In perimenopausal women, the chances of palpitations being related to heart disease are unlikely. However, if a woman continues to experience heart palpitations, she should consult her physician. And if she experiences chest pain or shortness of breath associated with the palpitations, she should have them checked out.

Tips for coping

If palpitations occur during an activity, stop and rest until they stop.
Relieve tension with deep, slow breaths, which may help relax you and your heart.
Cut out cigarettes if you smoke, and reduce caffeine and alcohol intake because they all can contribute to palpitations.

Postby Zero » Sat Apr 09, 2005 8:31 am

Here are some tips to help reduce the palpitations:

Grapes: Mineral-rich herbal infusions of fresh, organic grape juice, or just eating grapes, have been found effective for palpitations caused by hot flashes and night sweats.31

Black haw root bark is antispasmodic, supplies phytosterols and helps a racing heart. Use 25 drops of tincture, or sip the infusion.

Valerian root tea by the mouthful or a dropperful may slow and ease a racing heart.31

Ginger (root) tea helps calm the heart. Drink hot or cold. NOTE: Because it is a diaphoretic it may increase sweating and flooding.31

Vitamin E (200-1200 IU daily) is a remedy for palpitations, as well as keeping the skin pliable. It is known to reduce risk of heart attack by 36% in menopausal and postmenopausal women.31 Vitamin E thins the blood and should be discontinued one week prior to surgery.1 Note that vitamin E over 100 IU is contraindicated for women with diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatic heart conditions; for those taking digitalis or anticoagulants; and for anyone experiencing vision disturbances.31

Magnesium (gluconate form helps avoid diarrhea) is relaxing to the chest, heart and lungs. Daily use of 500 mg taken between meals helps prevent palpitations and deepens sleep, but it must be balanced with calcium.31 While both magnesium and phosphorus work together with calcium in the body, too much of either interferes with calcium, and a 2:1 ratio of calcium:magnesium is generally recommended.

Rose flower essence is said to calm and steady the heart.

Postby Guest » Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:28 am

Hey Dee!!!!

The Valerian root tea would probably help (great help with sleep) but eeewwww it stinks!!!! I remember when doing my herbal medicine class and getting ahold of some valerian root to make something, stored it in 2 ziploc bags a tightly sealed jar and another ziploc bag inside a closed cupboard and STILL being able to smell it!!! LOL Or teacher told us that's how you know you've got some good root!!!!

Hugs Pam

Postby maebear » Sun Apr 17, 2005 2:05 pm

I ended up with a holter monitor and a stress echo because mine were so bad they were causing me to panic which just made the PVCs worse. MY EKG showed the PVCs but when I had a stress echo I also had just four beats of afib. My cardiologist decided to treat my afib even though they sent my test to a specialist who said it could be an anomoly, but because my father died at 46 from a heart attack and my maternal grandmother died at 39 from high blood pressure I am now on 25mg Toprol and a 325 aspirin. At 42, I hate taking these pills every day but I have to say my PVCs are almost gone except for days 8-15. You may want to ask about a beta blocker. If you take it at night it won't make you tired and you really will feel better.

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