Heart Palpitations: Symptoms and Natural Remedies

| Modified on Jul 21, 2022
Slow, Deep Breathing
Posted by Adrienne (Idaho) on 01/07/2022
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Hello!

I just want to report an incident that happened to me recently that may be good for others to know. I was trying to increase my potassium intake since I've had little or no appetite since my husband died. I ordered some powdered potassium chloride, and after taking the recommended amount for five days my heart went nuts! I suddenly had an irregular, racing heartbeat with discomfort across the top of my chest! I was concerned enough to take myself to drive half an hour to the nearest emergency room where I was put on a machine that apparently monitored my heartbeat for all to see. Nothing was done by the staff to fix the problem. I laid there and laid there until I was really bored.

The only thing happening around me was the occasional visit by a nurse, and sometimes I'd hear a group of nurses and what have you laughing, like down a hallway. It seemed I laid there for at least 2 hours and finally was so sick of it, ha, ha, that I suddenly got the notion to see what would happen if I did some slow, deep breathing. I took only a few of those deep breaths, check my pulse and it was normal!!

Then, one of the emergency staff came over, and, looking at the monitor, said, well, I see we're back to a regular heartbeat! I told the woman what I had done and was met with silence. Days later, while at a doctor's office, the same thing happened. I said I felt I had corrected my heart rhythm with deep breathing, and the doctor just got a very skeptical look on his face and didn't say anything. Ha, ha, but, it's really unfortunate that we have this divide, like our political divide. I wish MDs had a more rounded education.

Since that episode, I am noticing an occasional palpitation that would go away on its own, but I can stop it faster by breathing deeply. Interesting how all these various parts of us are connected, the brain-gut connection, brain-heart connection. I think there's a brain-breath connection, too.

Here's a bit from a website called "premier heart and vascular.com":

"Can breathing exercises stop palpitations? Deep breathing that causes your abdomen to rise and fall can calm a racing heart. Make sure to breathe slowly and deeply, inhaling through your nose and exhaling either through your nose or mouth. Repeat this deep breathing pattern until your symptoms go away, and your heart is beating normally. Sep 5,2019"

p.s. I'm 78.

Hydrate, Turmeric +
Posted by Lynn (Westcliffe, CO ) on 12/09/2021 3 posts
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Heart racing, fluttering, and irregular heartbeats:

My racing heart after years of the unknown cause is now clear…. First dehydration, second inflammation of the Vagus nerve, racing heart, all tied together. You get dehydrated, any injury that affects the Vagus nerve, including reflux, aggravates it. It controls heart rate, then all of a sudden racing heart (over 100) takes hold. It took me years to figure this out.

So, the treatment, immediately hydrate, get some electrolytes (since they are now out of whack), and start taking every 5 hours advil and add Turmeric for inflammation. Also, I added magnesium (in spray on form) or epsom salts work too. Your electrolytes need rebalancing also. You take the Advil til the inflammation in your Vagus nerve calms down, maybe be a week or two. I have a neck disc problem that is the culprit…and when dehydration affects your discs, they can inflame the Vagus nerve.

I have solved the problem, no more fear of high heart rate, all with the help of water, magnesium spray (on Amazon), turmeric, every 5 hours advil, and limit caffeine, add eletrolytes to rebalance. If you have reflux, you have a hiatal hernia most likely, push it down and take tums…..all of this works…finally, and no doctor helped…I am finally free of this symptom and if I forget or relapse, I repeat the above protocol.


Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Jgny (Thousand Islands) on 10/28/2021
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I found quite by accident that organic unsulphured molasses has greatly improved my palpitations. I take a tablespoon every morning.


Magnesium
Posted by Sunny (Ca) on 09/06/2021

What kind of heart palpitations? What kind and brand of magnesium where you taking? Thanks so much.


Heart Palpitation Remedies
Posted by Sunny (Ca) on 09/06/2021

Could it be a panic attack? Very similar symptoms you have.


Molasses
Posted by Cheryl (Pensacola, FL) on 08/02/2021

It's the iron in the molasses that's helping most likely.


Ginger and Baking Soda
Posted by ACP (South Carolina) on 06/18/2021
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Anyone who has suffered from PVCs and done any kind of research will discover thousands of sufferers claim a link between Acid Reflux and PVCs. Of course the medical community denies the possibility of this stating the only connection is that Reflux causes stress and stress causes PVCs.

My PVCs began hard and heavy during a stressful time of my life. Ironically, I was having acid reflux issues at the same time. I decided to take a course of Prevacid to counter the reflux and noticed that my PVCs began to improve. I just assumed the PVCs were winding down because the stress was. Be advised that I have "silent" Reflux, which means I don't usually experience symptoms even though I do have the reflux. I also don't take meds unless I have to.

So, as my Reflux felt better, I chose to stop the Prevacid. Shortly thereafter, the PVCs came back with a vengeance. So I began to experiment. I would start a round of antacids and then take a break for a while. Always on the breaks the PVCs became worse. Not wanting to take Prevacid the rest of my life, I started drinking baking soda every night before bed. This simple trick substantially improved my PVCs. Basically taking them from unbearable to manageable. I have done this for 2 years now.

Okay, recently I began taking ginger supplements. I noticed at that my PVCs were so rare, I felt normal again. I did not at the time make the connection with the ginger. However, about a week after I stopped the ginger, my PVCs started coming back. Again I bought more ginger and again noticed improvement within days.

I finally put everything together. I believe my PVCs are directly linked to my acid reflux. A trunkline nerve runs down your GI tract to the heart. It is called the vagus nerve. When your acid reflux acts up your GI tract becomes inflamed. It is my opinion that this inflammation aggravates the vagus nerve and thus leads the heart to misfire.

I do not believe I am cured of PVCs as they show up occasionally. However, God has given me my normal life back.

The protocol I use is as follows:

Baking Soda: 1/2 teaspoon mixed with 1 ounce of water at bedtime.

Ginger: 1100mg tablet daily.


Adrenal Fatigue Connection
Posted by Kathy R (NJ) on 05/24/2021

Gerard, are you saying that coconut oil gave you palpitations?


Magnesium
Posted by Lisa (Illinois) on 01/29/2021

I know this is a long time ago, but my husband just started getting palpitations. He also started eating lots of nuts since he's working at home, takes 5 mg of manganese in his vitamins, and eats a lot of dark chocolate. I did have him start taking magnesium citrate. Maybe this is the solution.


Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
Posted by Wm. (WA) on 01/24/2021

Xylitol. Anything on Xyltol?


Dietary Changes
Posted by Sara (Australia) on 06/10/2020
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In addition to a host of other health problems (chronic fatigue, SIBO) I have also suffered heart palpitations. I have no idea why they started, but what has worked for me was to keep a food diary. I think some people, for whatever reason, develop a sensitivity to certain foods in the diet. For me, specifically, honey and jalapenos pose a problem. What tipped me off was a family member who also suffers from palpitations and arrhythmia (he sees a cardiologist and was formally diagnosed). So he was very interested when he read about some varieties of honey being linked to arrhythmia. So I noticed that I too frequently have palpitations when I have honey. Anyway, it's worth seeing if you can draw any links between the palpitations and what you are eating when you experience them.


D-Ribose
Posted by RW (United States) on 06/02/2019
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This is for heart palpitations.

D-ribose helps a lot for me. I take 2 or 3 grams in the morning--it's a powder so I mix it with a drink.


Heart Palpitation Triggers
Posted by June (Cincinnati ) on 03/17/2019
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Palpitations in my view can be caused by:

1. Silent acid reflux. Many chiropractors know how to lower your esophagus!

2. Thyroid

'3. IBS

4.adrenals

5. Iodine, magnesium b vitamin, iron, b12 deficiencies


Heart Palpitation Triggers
Posted by Deborah (Iowa) on 02/18/2019
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Hi Tracy,

Have your thyroid checked.


Heart Palpitation Triggers
Posted by Tracy (US) on 01/15/2019

I've had heart palpitations off and on for as far back as I can remember. However, I noticed they've been much worse over the past few weeks. It started when I was PMSing and we went for a hike.

I was fine during but it was at the cool down period where I got the palpitations. Of course this sent me into a tizzy and I ended up having a few panic attacks. I went to the doc and he gave me atenolol and a water pill for my high BP, which was been high since I was pregnant. It seems to help as I haven't had them quite as much, but they still manage to creep in. I'm wondering if my hormones have anything to do with it. I'm also under stress having an autistic toddler. I'd just really like them to go away once and for all. It's always a good day when I haven't had them. I'm a 35 year old female.

Magnesium Phosphate Homeopathy
Posted by Kenneth (Midwest) on 12/15/2018
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I had heart palpitations, and took a homeopathic preparation, on the 1st dose, the palpitations stopped in less than a minute...mag/phos was the name of the preparation.


Vagus Nerve Theory
Posted by Janet (In) on 12/11/2018

Interesting video regarding Heart Palpitations and the vagus nerve.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yvJ7KNIgGQ4


Molasses
Posted by Mp In Pc (Plant City Fl) on 10/06/2018

I think it is the mix of the minerals in Black Strap Molasses. It even has copper. I have been having Heart Palps, too. Last night in desperation, I drank ACV with Baking Soda...best night I have had in a week. Then I got up this morning and had a tablespoon of BSM. Feeling pretty good now! Heart palpitations are just the worst.


Ginger Tea
Posted by Teena (Melbourne, Australia) on 04/22/2018 235 posts

Hi, to make ginger tea I will grate fresh ginger and add boiled water, cover to steep twenty minutes then enjoy. Four times a day or approx every 4-6 hours when drinking for ailment (health) improvement. Also suggest Hawthorne berries for heart health

Best


Ginger Tea
Posted by Lisa (Orange, Nj) on 04/14/2018

Hi did you boil it then drink or just added ginger to hot water and drink? Do you add anything else? How often do you drink the tea?


Molasses
Posted by Hisjewel (Usa) on 03/28/2018

Hi Shante from Jackson MS,

if you have not already, replace all your drinks with water, for about a week and see the difference. instead of coffee or tea have a hot cup of water. Water. water, water. When someone ask what you want to drink say "Water please". No caffeine at all. it made a big difference for me after only two days. just water and food and that little change can make a big difference.

You may get a withdrawal headache, but each day it should be lighter.

HisJewel


Molasses
Posted by Steve (Nv) on 03/28/2018

Natural calm magnesium will help with the palpitations.


Molasses
Posted by Shante (Jackson, Ms) on 03/27/2018

I have a leaking pulmonary valve and my palpitations are going hay wire to the point I am very scared. Is there anything I can take?


General Feedback
Posted by Trish-a (Los Angeles, Ca) on 03/11/2018

Greenshoes99, I too want the Dr info. Please provide it for me. Thank you!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Christine (Deer Park Ny) on 03/03/2018
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Used acv every morning in water to loose weight and got palpitations. Now getting angiogram. Great, probably from the acv.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Velma (Wagoner) on 02/06/2018
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I have noticed a connection between sugar intake on an empty stomach and heart palpitations.

If I reach for a sugary snack to hold me over until meal time I am getting heart palpitations.

I think a piece of cheese or handful of nuts would be better and will try that soon.


Olive oil, Potassium Iodide, Taurine
Posted by June (Cincinnati) on 01/30/2018

I forgot to add that sunflower lecithin and/or adrenal glandular supplements works for some people. Hope this helps someone, at least there are things to try. Love this site.


General Feedback
Posted by June (Texas) on 01/17/2018

I am pleased to read about the gas connection. I recently had a laparoscopic surgery, during which gas was pumped into my body. I got terrible gas pains after the surgery, but I also got heart palpitations. I had the following tests done: EKG, Xray, CAT scan, and blood tests. I was told my heart is very healthy and there are no problems. The palpitations continue. I am over 60, and I have been eating organic foods my entire life. My diet consists of seafood (caught in wild) fruit, vegetables, and grain. Except for the occasional Tylenol, I do not take medicine. I have read about the magnesium, and I know I am deficient in this. I just realized that I have not taken my regular Epsom salt bath for three months. I can only take showers because our house is under construction. I and have not taken my magnesium supplement for several months. I am going to start again.


Cardiac Ablation
Posted by Hilary (Va) on 11/21/2017

This is a dangerously uninformed post. Ablation is sometimes the best option for some people. There are several types of ablation therapy - radiofrequency ablation being the least invasive and least likely to cause damage to heart tissue. But, as with any operating room procedure, it is only as effective as the doctor performing the procedure.

I have a mild form of paroxysmal fibrillation which I have been able to control thus far with proper hydration, yoga, potassium and magnesium supplements and cutting back on caffeine. However, I have a nephew who had a severe, debilitating a-fib problem which sent him to the hospital on numerous occasions with chest pain, nausea and weakness. His problem was corrected through ablation almost 30 years ago, and he has never had another recurrence. This procedure was a blessing for him. The post-procedure weakness you mentioned is probably due to the anesthesia in the operating room - not a result of the procedure itself.


Molasses
Posted by Hilary (Va) on 11/21/2017
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Molasses works great for my heart palpitations. But I am convinced there is more to it than just the potassium. I eat a healthy diet, take vitamin supplements and drink coconut water, which is higher in potassium than molasses. But during one particularly bad day of many lengthy atrial fib episodes (and 2 glasses of coconut water), I tried 1Tbs of molasses in hot water. Before I was finished with the cup, my a-fib was gone. I will continue taking the molasses every day. It's far better than what my cardiologist wants me to do.

Adrenal Fatigue Connection
Posted by Cailin B. (Pacific Nw) on 11/10/2017

Christmas time can kick off a lot of symptoms: it's a high stress time with a lot of sugar in the diet. If you have a lot of sugar and then decrease, your body can respond with some classic detox behavior. When I quit sugar, I felt like I had the flu for three days, felt very dehydrated, had a terrible headache for days, sweated a lot, etc., etc. But after a week I was back to normal, except...I felt good, like really good, was hungry less often, was alert all day long, and dropped the extra weight.

Not saying that sugar caused what you experienced, but the holiday season is a time when you can't help but eat a gingerbread man every time you turn around.


Molasses
Posted by Eliza P. (Zamboanga City, Philippines) on 10/05/2017

I got heart palpitations Aug 19 this yr I admit for 3days in hospital I have med take till now for kind but when I take that med I feel weak. I am 41yrs old med I take vastarel, platexan, co q10, carvedilol so pls help me what remedies to take me d.if ever I get heart palp.just to stop palpited

I want to stop take this med.I just take if ever got pappited


Olive oil, Potassium Iodide, Taurine
Posted by June (Cincinnati) on 09/26/2017
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I have had them all my life. This is my belief: some are caused by lack of magnesium, so that works for some people. Some are caused by thyroid problems, so a drop of potassium iodide in the morning works for those people. Some are caused by the vagus nerve and digestion issues, so three tablespoons of olive oil a day works for those people. Taurine can also be helpfull and b12. Some are caused by anemia, and molasses works for those people. In my case, a combination of olive oil and the drop of clear potassium iodide and taurine worked.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Anna (Oh) on 09/23/2017

Not bad is it. Depends on temperature in part. Warmer is better.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Savannah (Id) on 09/05/2017

AVOID all the so called sweeteners, they cause SERIOUS reactions in many.


Supplements
Posted by Melissa (Tx) on 08/07/2017

you have afib. Nothing play with .. it's dangerous if it goes up higher then you need to go to ER..


General Feedback
Posted by Omar (Toronto) on 01/15/2017

Take alkaseltzer with coffe double double .....it reduces acid, thins blood and improve to alkaline, your heartburn may be from too much acid..which gives heartburn from acid and heart pulpitition

I had same situation.....suddenly it will stop all movement including and breathing.....alkaseltzer and magnesium worked for me......you can give a try....


Avoid Msg
Posted by Wayne (New Jersey) on 12/06/2016

Can you send me the names on the list of Msg that you are talking about. So that I have this information to look at. Thank you, Wayne


Vagus Nerve Theory
Posted by June (Cincinnati) on 11/04/2016

Hi, just wanted to share a theory! The theory is that most people who have heart palpitations actually have colitis and don't know it! The palpitations are the result of an irritated vagus nerve!

So in that case you would take 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil daily to heal your intestines. And maybe some inner leaf only aloe. Just wanted to share this idea.

General Feedback
Posted by Larry (Studio City) on 10/26/2016

It's been years since you posted about this but can you refer the doctor to me that you said is in Calif that is good with adrenal issues?

Thanx!!


Molasses
Posted by Hisjewel (America, New York) on 10/04/2016
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Greetings to All,

Blackstrap Molasses is awesome in potassium which helps to calm heart palpitations. I use the un-sulfured blackstrap Molasses. One tablespoon is all you need. Straight from the spoon is mighty tasty, or you can mix it in water, or other food like oat-meal. The company I buy from has 320 mgs of potassium in one tablespoon of un-sulfured Blackstrap Molasses.


General Feedback
Posted by Marie (Lafayette, La) on 10/03/2016

I have been reading these forums for years looking for someone who had the same experience as me. You're the first to mention the change of seasons. I've been having PVC's and PAC's for 30 years. I cannot get used to them. I kept a journal for a time to look for a pattern. The only thing I could find was the weather and change of seasons. If we have low pressure overhead I get them bad. If it's low pressure for more than a few days it's like my heart gets used to it and calms. If a big high pressure it's bad during the transition then calms. Worst of all is when the seasons change. Does anything help you? Thanks for sharing.


Magnesium, Potassium
Posted by Jen (Atlanta) on 08/17/2016

Beth, my mom has heart palpitations and hiatal hernia. I'm thinking that has something to do with the palpitations. But now I'm getting them! I used to get them as a teen and then they went away. Now I'm 43 and started getting them after my meals or in the morning. It's so exhausting and the only thing that helps is lying down. I'm wondering if I might have hiatal hernia also?


Heart Palpitation Remedies
Posted by Jim (Ny Li) on 07/13/2016

Hi all, on bing.com search how to make magnesium oil put it on skin 8 squirts = 100 mgs of magnesium. Walmart has the distilled water under a $. God Bless


Potassium Gluconate
Posted by Udpert (Ar) on 06/30/2016
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I had heart palpitations that increased greatly this year, and I found that taking simple Potassium Gluconate 595 mg, of the kind sold in common grocery or health stores, decreased them significantly. So, passing it along.



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