“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”.1

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What may the Heart Palpitations Umbrella include?

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

  • Abnormal Heart Rhythms
  • Arrhythmia
  • Cardiac (Heart Arrhythmia)
  • Heart Palpitations/Pounding/Racing
  • Heart Rhythms
  • Irregular Heartbeats
  • Palpitations

Definition

What are heart palpitations?

DotS the definition of heart palpitations may vary. The (United States) Mayo Clinic’s definition is:

“Heart palpitations (pal-pih-TAY-shuns) are feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart”.2

The (United Kingdom) NHS’s 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: Symptoms & Causes – Causes the Mayo Clinic note one of the common causes includes:

  • “Hormone changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy or menopause”.4

MenopauseHeart Palpitations

Is there an association between menopause and heart palpitations?

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”.5

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.

Look for A Pattern

Heart PalpitationsHow can I look for a pattern with my heart palpitations?

In Heart Palpitations: How Are Heart Palpitations Diagnosed? the (United States) Cleveland Clinic elaborate on:

“Keep track of your heart palpitations. Note the following:

  • When they happen
  • How long they last
  • How you feel
  • What you are doing when they start
  • Bring this log to your next appointment with your primary care provider”.6

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”.7

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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: 05 June 2022
  2. Heart Palpitations: Overview. 11 March 2022. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-palpitations/symptoms-causes/syc-20373196 Accessed: 05 June 2022
  3. Heart Palpitations and Ectopic Beats. Page Last Reviewed: 24 October 2019. NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heart-palpitations/ Accessed: 05 June 2022
  4. Heart Palpitations: Symptoms & Causes – Causes. 11 March 2022. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-palpitations/symptoms-causes/syc-20373196 Accessed: 05 June 2022
  5. 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: 05 June 2022
  6. Heart Palpitations: How Are Heart Palpitations Diagnosed? 02 December 2021. Cleveland Clinic https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/17084-heart-palpitations Accessed: 05 June 2022
  7. Heart Palpitations and Ectopic Beats: When To See A GP. Page Last Reviewed: 24 October 2019. NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heart-palpitations/#when-to-see-your-gp Accessed: 05 June 2022

Topic Last Updated: 20 July 2022 – Topic Last Reviewed: 05 June 2022
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