Last Modified on Mar 30, 2016
What Are Heart Palpitations?
An irregular heartbeat can be a scary feeling; however, not all heart palpitations are cause for extensive concern. Heart palpitations can be described as the feeling of a rapid heart beating, fluttering or pounding compared to the typical beating of the heart. While most cases of heart palpitations are relatively harmless, some instances of irregular heartbeat, or heart arrhythmia, require treatment.
Heart palpitations symptoms are fairly common and can be described fairly easily. Common heart palpitations symptoms include the feeling that the heart has skipped a beat or several beats, the heart is fluttering, the speed of beating is too fast, or the heart is beating harder than usual. Individuals often experience palpitations in the throat or neck as well as the heart. If palpitations are accompanied by chest discomfort or pain, fainting, severe shortness of breath or dizziness, immediate medical attention is required as these may be signs of a more serious health concern.
The exact cause of an individual’s heart palpitations is often difficult to identify; however, several common causes have been defined. Stress or anxiety, strenuous exercise, excessive caffeine, nicotine and fever are all known causes of heart palpitations. Likewise, hormonal changes such as those associated with menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, certain cold and cough medications and some asthma inhaler medications may also cause differences in heart beats.
Natural Heart Palpitation Treatments
Depending on the cause of heart palpitations, the treatment options may be different. Nonetheless, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, magnesium acetate and potassium acetate are effective treatment supplements. Lime, cayenne and aloe vera may also be helpful for some individuals. Additionally, changing one’s diet to avoid artificial sweeteners as well as MSG may also eradicate some individuals as will avoiding excessive caffeine and other stimulant substances. Continue reading below for more remedies from Earth Clinic contributors.
Remedies for Heart Palpitations
The Popularity of Heart Palpitations Remedies - Full List
[YEA] Don't forget adrenal fatigue. I had heart palpitations and tacchycardic states for several months before finally being diagnosed with adrenal fatigue by a homeopathic doc (western medicine docs don't recognize this condition). There are tons of natural remedies, just google adrenal fatigue.
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YEA (2) 33% WORKED TEMPORARILY (1) 17% WARNING! (1) 17% SIDE EFFECTS (2) 33%Posted by Shane (Whangarei, New Zealand) on 09/02/2015
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] I had a 22mm Stent put into my main artery. I had 178/110 average blood pressure for 15 years, now it's 180/85 on average , I was born with the restriction it was 6mm when that did a MRI. Problem now is I have Palpitations 24/7. It happens instead of 3 beats so one good one one is a pause next is close together. I was told I would be better then I have been ever, but am worse off.
ACV helped for a couple of days and now its back again doctors say there nothing that can be done. Oh and my aorta valve is 2 not 3 I live in fear now because the heart stops for up to 4 seconds between the palps horrible feeling.
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Posted by CH (PD, USA) on 01/06/2009
[YEA] I have been having Heart Palpitations, Tachardia about every 4 months for the past two years. My doctors have ran all kinds of heart test and can not find anything wrong with my heart. I had a serious one Sunday night and had to call 911, while I was waiting for them to ge there I thought I was going to die. I ran in the kitchen and took a few sips of apple cider vinegar straingt and the heart began to slow down, by time the ambulance got there my heart had slowed down to 110 beats per minute and my blood pressure had droped to 210/110. Apple Cider Vinegar just a few sips always works for me. Went back to Doctors, They still don't know what is causing it.
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Posted by Debra (Sligo, IRELAND) on 08/15/2008
[SIDE EFFECTS] Hi, debra here from ireland,thanks very much for everyones advice.i have tryed apple cider vinegar but i had to stop taking it as it makes me feel sick. today i started taking a tablet called magnesiam ok its got magnesium and potassium and lots of vitiams in it so i hope this helps my heart as palpitations are pretty bad this week.hope something works for you kimberly. i let you no if the magnesium works (fingers crossed).any more advice would be great. thanks, debra.
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Posted by Hank (Florida) on 04/15/2007
[YEA] ACV for acid reflux(heart palpitations)...I started having heart palpitations last October and went to my family doctor who referred me to a cardiologist who did a stress test and an echocardiogram and put me on a heart monitor for a month. He then referred me to an electrocardiologist for possible pacemaker. This Dr. referred me to a sleep clinic for sleep apnea. I now have a cpap machine, for sleep apnea but the palpitations were still coming quite frequently. I'm not sure the cpap machine is the answer unless that is something else that is going on, but unrelated. Out of desperation, I went to the internet and started doing some 'research' and found your web site. This is my 4th day on _____s apple cider vinegar and the palpitations have all but stopped, except last night I decided to try some plain vanilla yogurt which I thought would have a soothing effect. The palpitations started almost immediately and quite severe after eating the yogurt. I took another glass of water with 2 tablespoons of ACV and the palpitations stopped! Do you have any idea why the yogurt would cause this? Needless to say, I am very amazed at the effectiveness of ACV. Hopefully, the effects will last. What caused my reflux? I had taken ibuprofen for several years for back pain and have been on Tramadol(generic Ultram, which I was on before the generic came out) for several years. I definitely believe these drugs have caused a train wreck in my stomach. I am also on Zocor for cholesterol and Altace for blood pressure. Before the back pain(degenerative disc), I was a runner and had none of this although I did take ibuprofen some of the time during my running days. So far, I am looking at ACV as a miracle. Thanks so much!
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Vickie (Orlando, Fl) on 03/03/2012
[YEA] Tried the ACV, baking soda and lime last night for HP, usually they last for 12 hours and I can't move, they went away in 10 minutes, I also had some raw coconut water. Red wine is major trigger. Having blood work next wk. for anemia, liver and kidney, not detoxing losing electrolites. Someone posted about HP from the bath, happened to me too after two days of 2 baths per day with Epsom Salts, sometimes too much Magnesium.
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Posted by Sharon (Tennessee) on 10/26/2015
Everytime I eat something with aspartame, I start having heart arrhythmias. I am very sensitive to it. I think Splenda does similar, but perhaps not quite as bad. I have even found that aspartame (also known as)phenylalanine is found in almost all chewing gums, and many times hidden in most unlikely things. Since it has the word Phenylalanine, most don't know what that means. But is a form of aspartame. It cause heart rhythm in me, headaches in my husband, and seizures in his grandson...do I need to go on? Please use honey, molasses or even a bit of real sugar if you must sweeten. Of course, Stevia is an option if you can stand it....but it's a flavor I don't much like... Oh, I even found some pills have the aspartame Phenylalanine added as a "inactive ingredient." Come on pharmacy companies!! Just use sugar if you must put a sweetener in!!
This is by no means all that causes problems for me. For 30 years, I've been trying to find out all the triggers. The worst is stress, negative thinking, fear, fear of impending event - or life change, panic. But any adrenaline inducing food or medicine can easily cause them. Bloating, or gas is a bad trigger also. Oh, I learned to NEVER let the dentist do epinephrine on me. It's an immediate heart racing and rhythm all over the place....I must get up and pace around the room.
I've tried magnesium. But I'm not giving up on that yet. I'm just not sure I've tried the RIGHT type- or enough. I think the HARD PILL Supplements may not absorb right- and just pass through.... And there may be a "combination" I'm not finding yet.
I'm open to suggestions!! It got a lot better for awhile, but gotten worse lately- with some stress issues. The stress issues are subsiding, but left me with "sensitized heart" again. (Read Claire Weeks books) She deals with some of this stuff. How- once the problem (stress) is gone, the body still responds like it's still there for weeks and sometimes months- a vicious cycle. Until biofeedback and meditation/relaxation is done "during" attacks....
YEA (1) 33% SIDE EFFECTS (2) 67%Posted by Breeze (Wash) on 07/24/2015
[YEA] Artificial sweeteners can cause heart issues. These artificial sweeteners are unsafe - it can change how your brain fires! A sure fire way to find out what food is causing allergic reaction is simply check your heart rate before you eat then after . Heart rate goes up after you eat your allergic. I don't even need to take my pulse when my heart is beating extra hard I know I ate something that I'm clearly allergic too Going on a elimination organic diet is the best way.
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[SIDE EFFECTS] I've gotten into the habit of eating sugar-free jelly beans, I have been popping them' into my mouth all day thinking they were fine to eat because they were sugar-free. I started to notice I was having heart palpitations.I have never connected eating the candy with this annoying condtion and have stopped doing so.Palpitations have now ended.
SIDE EFFECTS (2) 100%Posted by Anonymous (Anonymousville, Usa) on 01/03/2010
[SIDE EFFECTS] Lactic Acid and Heart Palpitations
I never drink milk and I try to avoid cheese. Two days ago I drank an entire quart of kefir, hoping to turbo-charge my probiotic growth. Guess what? Heart palpitations followed not too long after. After reading what Ted said about lactic acid, I'll stick to acidophilus capsules from now on. As for the palpitations, I'm not worried. I already feel some relief (avoiding dairy, caffeine, and msg, and just gulped down some Blackstrap Molasses).
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YEA (2) 100%Posted by Barbara (Lakehead, Ca.) on 04/15/2012
[YEA] this site is what i've been looking for. My heart palpations/dizzyness are what I believe to be food related. MSG Monosodium Glutemate is a big culprit and i'm just finding out that there are so many many other foods that hide MSG in the ingredients like yeast extract, yeast food, yeast nutrient and so on. I have 3 pages of ingredients that contain MSG so those of you who have these terrifying episodes read the labels stay away from coffee, chocolate, cheese aspertane, sucrolose (splenda) and the list goes on. any other info is surely welcomed. Would love to hear from those that are experiencing heart palps and what their doing. thanks, barbara
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SIDE EFFECTS (2) 100%Posted by Cynthia (Brooklyn, Ny) on 02/10/2011
[SIDE EFFECTS] I'm a 33 year-old female with mitral valve prolapse. Although I've always had a fast heart rate I've never had palpitations and PVCs until recently. They are worst right after a meal and around my periods. I kept a journal tracking my palpitations. I noticed it started happening when I started a new multivitamin. After a week of going off this multivitamin, my palpitations, PVCs and anxiety went away. My heart normalized and beat like clockwork. I suspected that the high dosage of B complex in this multivitamin was the problem, so I started a new multivitamin with low dose B vitamins. After a couple of weeks the palpitations came back. I stopped taking this new multivitamin and again the palpitations went away. I think the problem lies not in the multivitamin itself or hormones. I suspect that it could possibly be a sluggish liver. I have caffeine sensitivity which is a sign that the liver is congested. I think the multivitamin clears out too slow so it build ups in my body and becomes toxic. My nervous system and heart is screaming out a sign that something is wrong. I'm going to try liver aids and keep away from multivitamins for a while.
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YEA (1) 50% NAY (1) 50%Posted by Gwen (Orlando, Florida) on 08/10/2011
[YEA] If your doctor has failed to determine the cause of your heart palpatations is could be because your problem is an abnormal electrical signal that travels through your heart muscles causes it to have arrhythmia or palpatation. No medication or vitamins can prevent this. The only solution is a procedure called Cardiac Ablation. Cardiac Ablation works by scarring or destroying tissue in your heart that triggers an abnormal heart rhythm. In some cases, ablation prevents abnormal electrical signals from traveling through your heart and thus stops the arrhythmia. I had this non-evasive procedure done due to years of having heart palpatations that no doctor could explain even after a battery of tests. Then finally, Bingo!
I heard about Cardiac Ablation, had the procedure done 6 years ago and I have not had an abnormal rhythm since. Still today I can't even feel my heart beating. Before the procedure it felt as if it would beat out of my chest day and night. I suggest anyone having this problem see a cardiologist about Cardiac Ablation if everything else has been ruled out.
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