Menopausal Palpitations Causes and Treatments! Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture points, and relaxation methods are also introduced.
Women who go through menopause are prone to various physical and mental disorders. In addition , menopausal disorders vary greatly among individuals, and symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, hot flashes, irritation, and anxiety are all different. There are many people who feel uneasy about the malfunction that they have never felt before.
Therefore, this time, we will focus on the palpitations that you feel during menopause, and explain the specific symptoms, causes, and how to deal with them. We will also introduce possible causes of heart palpitations other than menopause, so if you are already having symptoms, please read it if you are about to reach menopause.
Find out in this article
- Symptoms of heart palpitations in menopause
- Possible causes of heart palpitations other than menopause
- How to reduce heart palpitations
What are menopausal palpitations
Menopausal heart palpitations are sudden throbbing sensations in the chest, even when the body is not physically active . You may feel your pulse getting louder or faster.
Symptoms of menopause often appear at the same time, and in addition to chest pounding like heart palpitations, symptoms such as shortness of breath, ringing in the ears, and dizziness may also occur.
Explore the main causes of heart palpitations
Now that you know what palpitations are, let's take a look at what actually causes palpitations.
There are multiple possibilities for the cause of palpitations other than menopause, and some of them may require early treatment. Understand the possible causes and consider whether your symptoms warrant a visit to the hospital.
Measure your own pulse
If you feel palpitations, let's first learn to measure your own pulse so that you can tell your doctor about your condition.
Measurement does not mean that you will be able to measure your pulse accurately. Of course, it would be ideal to be able to measure it, but just feeling the state of the pulse, such as fast/slow/flying/irregular, is enough information.
how to measure pulse
- Prepare a watch with a second hand in a place that is easy to see (we recommend wearing the watch on the arm of the person who feels the pulse so it is easier to see).
- Lightly place your finger or palm on the area where you can easily feel your pulse. At this time, if you put your fingers on it, put two or three fingers together instead of just one.
- Count the number of times you feel your pulse for 15 seconds.
- The pulse is the number of beats per minute, so multiply the pulse rate you feel in 15 seconds by 4. A normal person's pulse is about 50-100 beats per minute.
- After you have measured your pulse, let's check if there is any abnormality in the rhythm of your heartbeat.
Pulse measurement should be performed when the patient is at rest and relaxed. In addition, there are multiple places where you can feel the pulse, such as the wrist, the base of the neck, the left chest, and the groin, which are the parts close to the arteries. The pulse can be felt at any part of the body, but the wrist is the most commonly used and easy to measure.
Palpitation symptom checklist
There are many different symptoms of palpitations, including:
- Sensation of throbbing and faster heartbeat, accompanied by various symptoms such as dizziness and hot flashes, are suspected of menopausal disorder.
- Sensation of pressure in the chest, shortness of breath and pain in some cases → Suspected heart disease
- Feelings of faster and faster heartbeats, fatigue, and weight loss may also be observed → Hyperthyroidism may be suspected.
- Your heart beats louder and faster, and you get cold sweats. Sometimes my hands and feet tremble. → Suspected to be caused by tension or mental stress
Palpitations often occur with other symptoms rather than on their own.
In particular, palpitations during menopause are caused by hormonal imbalance, and various parts of the body that are controlled by hormones and autonomic nerves may cause discomfort. If you have three or more of the following items, you may have palpitations from menopause.
- Women in their 40s and 50s
- No chest pain or tightness when palpitations occur
- Heat symptoms such as hot flashes and sweating
- Tired easily or feeling tired
- irritable or angry easily
- Headache, dizziness, stiff neck
- light sleep or difficulty falling asleep
The items listed above are all typical examples of symptoms that can occur during menopause. The more items that apply, the more likely menopause is the cause. It is also important to know that you have not been told that you have any other disease, especially heart disease or arrhythmia.
Even if one of these conditions applies to you, it is possible that you may have another disease at the same time.
Caused by menopause
As it is also the theme of this time, palpitations may appear due to menopause. This is due to fluctuations in female hormones.
When you reach menopause, the secretion of hormones suddenly decreases, and the autonomic nerves are disturbed, which affects your body and mind in various ways.
Therefore, menopausal palpitations often appear together with other menopausal symptoms such as dizziness, hot flashes, and irritability, rather than appearing alone.
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If tension or mental stress is the cause
Some heart palpitations can be caused by tension or emotional stress. I'm sure you all have experienced your heart pounding and your pulse getting faster and bigger when you're nervous, scared, or surprised in an important situation.
A pounding heartbeat is a normal response to something that makes you nervous or frightened.
However, if the state of constant stress continues, the brain will always be in a tense and unstable state, so palpitations will suddenly appear.
In this case, it is necessary to relieve tension and stress in order to improve palpitations. Please take a look at the effective relaxation method introduced in the latter half of the article on how to deal with menopausal palpitations.
See a doctor if you have heart disease or hyperthyroidism
Heart palpitations can be caused by underlying medical conditions such as heart disease or hyperthyroidism. And diseases such as heart disease don't heal on their own like menopause or stress-induced heart palpitations. Therefore, it is imperative that you see a doctor and receive proper treatment.
For heart-related diseases, see a cardiologist, and for thyroid-related diseases, see an endocrinologist or an otolaryngologist. If you have no idea which disease you have or if there is no specialist outpatient clinic nearby, first try to see a general internal medicine doctor.
How to treat menopausal palpitations
Menopausal palpitations are caused by the sympathetic nervous system, which is caused by hormonal imbalance. Therefore, the coping method is also to adjust the fluctuation of hormones and take a method to calm the excitement of the sympathetic nerves .
reassess one's lifestyle
The easiest way to improve palpitations is to first review your lifestyle. Try to improve your lifestyle little by little with the goal of eating a well-balanced diet, moderate exercise, and getting enough sleep.
Even if your life becomes irregular, the secretion of hormones and autonomic nerves may become unstable. The older you get, the stronger the impact of lifestyle changes.
Especially during menopause, an irregular lifestyle can exacerbate symptoms. Conversely, by improving lifestyle habits, the symptoms of menopause can be greatly alleviated .
It is also effective to use herbal medicine as a way to improve the symptoms of palpitations. Chinese herbal medicine is said to slowly improve the constitution, and it is also effective against other symptoms in menopause.
There are several herbal medicines that are used for menopausal symptoms, but for various symptoms that make you feel palpitations, “Ryokeijutsukanto” and “Saikokaryukotsuboreito” are recommended.・We recommend 3 of “Oorengedokuto”.
Reikeijutsukanto is recommended for those who have upper body symptoms such as dizziness, hot flashes, and ringing in the ears in addition to palpitations. Orengedokuto is recommended for those symptoms.
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know the tricks
Knowing what to do to ease heart palpitations is one way to deal with it. The acupuncture points that are said to be effective against heart palpitations are called Shinmon and Danchu.
The shrine gate is located on the inner side of the wrist, closer to the pinky finger. The acupuncture is in the middle of the line connecting the nipples, just where the bones touch.
While gently pressing two pressure points, take a slow, deep breath to calm your body.
Since it's easy to try out anywhere, it's convenient to remember when you're on the go .
When symptoms of heart palpitations appear, do not try to force yourself to move, sit in a chair, lie down, or take a relaxing position.
A pounding heartbeat, such as palpitations, is a state of sympathetic nervous system excitation. The body is saying, "Let's do our best!"
Therefore, try to create an environment where you can rest and relax as much as possible. It is important to play your favorite music, stretch, take deep breaths, burn an aroma, and slowly calm your body.
In this article, we introduced the causes, symptoms, and countermeasures of palpitations due to menopause, as well as the differences from other diseases related to palpitations.
- Watch for palpitations and measure your own pulse
- orderly life
- Try taking Chinese herbal medicine and pressing acupuncture points
- Create a calm and relaxing environment
- See a doctor if you feel pressure or pain in addition to palpitations
Because there are many different causes of heart palpitations, it is important to be as specific as possible about the conditions under which the heart palpitations occur. One way to do this is to measure your pulse.
Also, when menopausal symptoms appear strongly, it can be said that the balance of the mind and body is particularly disturbed . Try not to overdo it as much as possible and give your body and mind a good rest.