HEART PALPITATION TREATMENTS
Brief Overview of Treatment Options for Heart Palpitations
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These talking points will help you remember important information related to your heart palpitations to share with our healthcare team.
REMEMBER TO SHARE:
- A description of your symptoms (if applicable)
- The number of episodes you’ve had in the past 2 years
- What you were doing before you had symptoms
- Any concerns you have (e.g., safety, your job, driving)
- Any treatments you are receiving for your heart
- If your family has a history of heart conditions
- How your symptoms are affecting your home and work life
REMEMBER TO ASK:
- How will you determine what is causing my heart palpitations?
- What tests will you perform?
- Would long-term monitoring with an insertable cardiac monitor lead to a faster diagnosis?
- What should I do when I experience heart palpitations?
- Should I be concerned about my heart palpitations?
- Will I need treatment? If so, what kind of treatment? What other alternatives are there?
- Do I need to restrict any activities?
- Is it safe for me to exercise and go about my other daily activities?
- Should I see a specialist?
In most cases, no treatment will be needed. Other times, heart palpitations are treated with lifestyle changes or medication.
To help control heart palpitations, simple lifestyle changes can be implemented:
- Reduce your anxiety level with deep breathing or relaxation exercise such as yoga or tai chi
- Limit alcohol
- Limit caffeine
- Avoid smoking and tobacco products
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid activities and medications that seem to trigger the palpitations
- Avoid illegal drugs
After we evaluate you, we may decide that your heart palpitations can be controlled with medication or by making changes to your current medication. After determining the cause of your palpitations, your doctor can prescribe the appropriate medication.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.