7 Weird Things That Can Mess With Your Heartbeat

2020-02-19 16:34:46    阅读:209626

A few weeks ago I thought I was having a heart attack. My morning started out normal: I woke up at my usual hour, feeling what I thought was a little bit of tiredness. But as I went about my morning routine, things grew scary. I broke out in a cold sweat as I brushed my teeth. My skin turned white as paper. And then, scariest of all: my heart was pounding like crazy. As a health writer I know these arent textbook signs of a heart attack, but I also know that dangerous cardiovascular events in women can be more subtle than those in men. Later that day I went

to urgent care, but an EKG and blood tests showed nothing out of the ordinary. Turns out my heartbeat went haywire as a result of a side effect from a medication. The technical term for this: heart palpitations, which can be brought on by many things. Related Stories 


Scientists Calculated How Much Longer You Can Live With a Healthy Lifestyle    Health Low-Dose Aspirin May Not Reduce Heart Risks for Black Americans, Study Finds  When a person says theyre having heart palpitations theyre referring to a sensation of their heart beating differently. Or they may simply have an awareness of their heart beating, explains Shephal Doshi, MD, director of cardiac electrophysiology at Providence Saint Johns Health Center in Santa Monica, California. Learn about some top triggers of palpitations, plus what to do about the

m. Read more: 9 Subtle Signs You Could Have a Heart Problem Panic attacks If you feel as if your heart is racing like its going to beat out of your chest, it could be a panic attack, Dr. Doshi says. Shaking, sweats, and an overwhelming feeling of impending doom are also common symptoms. Panic attacks are generally not dangerous, though they can feel absolutely terrifying. Sometimes you may have an arrhythmia [an abnormal heart rhythm caused by a disruption in the hearts electrical signaling] thats actually causing the panic attacks, so see a doctor to rule out something more serious, Dr. Doshi adds. Otherwise, recurring panic attacks can be treated with talk therapy to identify triggers and anti-anxiety medications.  Read more: 12 Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder Caffeine So your hearts beating faster than normal. Before you start worrying, did you just have a big cup of Joe? Caffeine is a stimulant, says Brian Kolski, MD, an int

erventional cardiologist with St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California. This means that it stimulates the autonomic nervous system (the involuntary nervous system which controls heart rate and more), which can cause an increase in palpitations. Dr. Kolski recommends seeing your doctor if palpitations become excessive or are accompanied by dizziness, lightheadedness, or chest paineven if you suspect its caused by caffeine.   Get our Health Newsletter. Sign up to receive the latest health and science news, plus answers to wellness questions and expert tips.   Thank you!  For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters. If you don't get the confirmation within 10 minutes, please check your spam folder. Read more: 12 Surprising Sources of Caffeine Decongestants Decongestants such as pseudoephedrine (the active ingredient in Sudafed) are also stimulants. Some people who may be sensitive to these drugs can experience heart palpitations, adds Dr. Doshi. Over-the-counter meds are usually safe, but you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any other medical conditions. If you have a heart arrhythmia, for example, your doctor may advise against taking certain decongestants, Dr. Doshi says. Read more: 10 Products to Help You Find Sinus Relief  Dehydration Losing too much fluid, not drinking enough, or a combination of the two can quickly lead to dehydration, which, when severe, can lead to heart palpitations along with dry mouth, dark urine, and muscle cramping. Dehydration can cause changes in your bodys electrolytes and also lowers blood pressure, Dr. 2020年117期跑狗彩图 Doshi says. This puts stress on the body and, as a result, could cause an abnormal heartbeat. Prevent it with regular trips to the water cooleryour body needs 2.2 liters (or about nine cups of fluid) every day to function properly, per the Institute of Medicine. Read more: 7 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Prescription meds Many prescription medications, including those for asthma or thyroid problems, can cause palpitations, says Dr. Kolski. Some medications affect how other medications are metabolized, while others cause changes in the electrical conduction system of the heart. These heartbeat changes arent normally a cause for alarm, but they can be bothersome. Make sure your doctor knows about every drug or supplement youre taking before you sta

rt any new medications. Also, pay close attention to the possible side effects listed on the drug information that comes with your medicine when you pick it up from the pharmacy, so you wont freak out if it happens. If your regular medicines are messing with your heartbeat day-to-day, talk to your doctor to see if theres a different drug that might work better for you. 

Spotlight Story Kobe Bryant Had a Singular Impact on His Game and the World Bryant died in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday, along with his daughter Gianna Read more: 19 Signs Your Thyroid Isnt Working Right Anemia Most commonly caused by iron deficiency, anemia means your body isnt making enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your tissues. Although it doesnt always cause heart palpitations, people with anemia may sometimes feel their heart beating harder, says Kolski. Since you have fewer red blood cells, a faster heart beat increases oxygen delivery when youre anemic. Other symptoms include fatigue and hair loss. Read more: 15 Signs You May Have an Iron Deficiency Heavy metals People who work in construction, as metal workers, or in other industrial settings can be exposed to mercury, cadmium, and other heavy metals regularly. Long-term exposure can lead to inflammation, blood clots (thrombosis), and other heart-related problems. Heavy metal exposure can be directly toxic to heart muscle, Dr. Kolski says. [It] can also

cause problems with electrolytes. Anything that causes a derangement in electrolytes can cause heart palpitations. Read more: 10 Best Foods for Your Heart In general, heart symptoms should never be taken lightly; if you ever feel like somethings up with your heart, see a doctor ASAP (in the ER or an urgent care center) for a full evaluation. This article originally appeared on Health.com. Contact us at editors@time.com.