Treating heart palpitations causes
As discussed above, the main treatment for most heart palpitations causes is to isolate and identify the source of excess stimulation and reduce or remove it from your daily life. People who find that stress and tension are their main heart palpitations causes may benefit from doing extra exercise and relaxation therapies.
If abnormal electrolyte levels are identified as one of your heart palpitations causes, you may be prescribed mineral supplements, including magnesium, potassium and calcium. Similarly if you are found to be anaemic, you will probably have to take iron supplements.
In cases of severe heart palpitations, where there is no serious or dangerous cause, beta-blockers may be prescribed to quell the effects of adrenaline on the heart.
Arrhythmia heart palpitations causes
While many heart palpitations are perfectly natural and nothing to worry about, some heart palpitations causes can be more serious, and it may be an indicator of arrhythmia.
Arrhythmia is a condition where the natural rhythm of the heart is disrupted by either a physical problem or a problem with the electrical currents around the heart. Arrhythmia can occur in the top of the heart (the atria) or the bottom of the heart (the ventricles). The latter of these heart palpitation causes is very often a life threatening condition.
There are several different types of arrhythmias, depending on what has disrupted the normal rhythm, and each has their own treatments. These range from a controlled stop and re-start of the heart (a therapy called cardioversion), through permanent pacemakers, to operations in which faulty areas of the heart are removed or destroyed. This rather extreme therapy is known as catheter ablation therapy.
Be sure of your heart palpitations causes
Heart palpitations happen to all of us at some time, and will often go away with minor adjustments to our diet and lifestyle. However, they can also be a warning of much more serious problems, so you should always get them checked out by your GP. It is always better to be told you have nothing to worry about, than to miss out on a potentially life-saving diagnosis.