“Some women who are going through the menopause may be more aware of their heart beating, or might feel as though their heart is racing”.1

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What may the Heart Palpitations Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Abnormal Heart Rhythms
  • Arrhythmias
  • Cardiac (Heart Arrhythmia)
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Rhythms
  • Irregular Heartbeats
  • Palpitations

Definition

What are heart palpitations?

DotS the definition of heart palpitations may vary. The (United States) Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) definition is:

“Palpitations are feelings that your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering, pounding, or beating too hard or too fast”.2

The (United Kingdom) NHS’s (National Health Service) definition is:

“Heart palpitations are heartbeats that suddenly become more noticeable. Your heart may feel like it’s pounding, fluttering or beating irregularly, often for just a few seconds or minutes. You may also feel these sensations in your throat or neck”.3

Cause

What may cause heart palpitations?

In Heart Palpitations: Overview the the NHLBI explain:

“Strong emotions, physical activity, some medicines, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, or illegal drugs may cause palpitations. Medical conditions such as thyroid disease, low blood sugar, anemia, and low blood pressure also may cause palpitations. Heart palpitations may be a sign or symptom of arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat, or other heart conditions such as heart attack, heart failure, heart valve disease, or cardiomyopathy”.4

Menopause

Heart Palpitations

Is there an association between menopause and heart palpitations?

In Heart Palpitations: Symptoms & Causes – Causes the (United States) Mayo Clinic note one of the common causes is:

  • “Hormone changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy or menopause”.5

In Menopause and Heart Disease: Menopause and Heart Palpitations the British Heart Foundation explain:

“Some women who are going through the menopause may be more aware of their heart beating, or might feel as though their heart is racing. These are called palpitations. If you experience them, see your GP. For most women the palpitations are harmless and don’t mean anything is wrong with the heart, but your GP may wish to give you a check-up to be sure”.6

Who is a GP?

DotS and/or DotC (Depending on the Country) a GP may be a qualified and registered general practitioner, a medical practitioner, a medical doctor or a doctor.

Heart PalpitationsLook for A Pattern

How can I look for a pattern with heart palpitations?

The NHLBI explain:

“To prevent palpitations, you can try to avoid things that trigger them, such as stress, alcohol, or caffeine. You also may prevent palpitations by treating any other medical condition that may be causing them”.7

Health Care Provider

What if I have heart palpitations?

If you have heart palpitations it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Heart Palpitations and Ectopic Beats: When To See A GP the NHS note:

“You do not usually need to see a GP if the palpitations pass quickly and only happen occasionally. They’re unlikely to be caused by a serious problem and probably will not need treatment. But it’s a good idea to see a GP if:
  • The palpitations last a long time, do not improve or get worse
  • You have a history of heart problems
  • You’re concerned about the palpitations”.8

The NHLBI also note:

“Heart palpitations may be a sign or symptom of arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat, or other heart conditions such as heart attack, heart failure, heart valve disease, or cardiomyopathy”.9

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  1. Menopause and Heart Disease: Menopause and Heart Palpitations. British Heart Foundation https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/support/women-with-a-heart-condition/menopause-and-heart-disease Accessed: 07 March 2020
  2. Heart Palpitations. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/heart-palpitations Accessed: 07 March 2020
  3. Heart Palpitations and Ectopic Beats. Page Last Reviewed: 24 October 2019. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heart-palpitations/ Accessed: 07 March 2020
  4. Heart Palpitations: Overview. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/heart-palpitations Accessed: 07 March 2020
  5. Heart Palpitations: Symptoms & Causes – Causes. 07 February 2018. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-palpitations/symptoms-causes/syc-20373196 Accessed: 07 March 2020
  6. Menopause and Heart Disease: Menopause and Heart Palpitations. British Heart Foundation https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/support/women-with-a-heart-condition/menopause-and-heart-disease Accessed: 07 March 2020
  7. Heart Palpitations: Overview. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/heart-palpitations Accessed: 07 March 2020
  8. Heart Palpitations and Ectopic Beats: When To See A GP. Page Last Reviewed: 24 October 2019. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heart-palpitations/#when-to-see-your-gp Accessed: 07 March 2020
  9. Heart Palpitations: Overview. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/heart-palpitations Accessed: 07 March 2020
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