Heart palpitations, or heart arrhythmias, can be a
heart disease symptom, or indicative of another underlying heart condition. It’s important
to work closely with your cardiologist or heart doctor to identify the
cause of your heart arrhythmia so you can reduce your risk of coronary
heart disease or congestive heart failure. Here is a look at some of the
most common causes of heart arrhythmias.
Intense Emotions or Physical Activity
Intense emotions such as fear, anxiety, and stress can cause heart palpitations
and heart arrhythmias. People who frequently suffer from panic attacks
are more likely to suffer from heart palpitations. Extreme physical activity
can also increase your risk of heart palpitations or heart arrhythmias.
This includes running, weight lifting, and playing vigorous sports. You
should discuss your emotional health and your level of physical activity
with your cardiologist to determine if it’s related to your heart
Certain Medications and Medical Conditions
Thyroid disease, low blood sugar, anemia, low blood pressure, frequent
fevers, and dehydration can all contribute to heart arrhythmias. Hormonal
changes that occur during pregnancy, menstruation, or pre-menopause can
also trigger a heart arrhythmia. Medications that contain stimulants or
pseudoephedrine, such as asthma medication, diet pills, decongestants,
and cold medications can cause heart palpitations and heart arrhythmias.
Your heart doctor will be able to advise you as to whether you have an
underlying medical condition or are taking medications that might exacerbate
your heart condition.
Consuming Certain Substances
There are other substances that you can consume that will aggravate your
heart condition and cause heart palpitations or a heart arrhythmia. Caffeine,
nicotine, and alcohol will all contribute to heart palpitations, as well
cocaine and amphetamines. Certain herbal and nutritional substances may
also cause heart arrhythmias.
If you’ve recently suffered from a
heart arrhythmia near Peoria, come see our experienced cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions. The heart
doctors at any one of our four convenient locations can perform an echocardiogram
to measure your heart health and identify an underlying heart condition.
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