6 Ways to Instantly Stop Heart Palpitations

Life Off Beat  —  September 19, 2011

Few things are worse (or scarier) than palpitations that come every few seconds and won’t seem to go away.  It feels like your heart is about to give up.  I have often focused on permanent remedies that will remove heart palpitations for good, but there are some temporary techniques/solutions that will hopefully stop or slow them down for a while. (If you want to see a longer list of cures and remedies, be sure to check out my post called “The Best Cures and Remedies for Heart Palpitations”)

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I wish I would have known some of these instant tips and tricks when I first felt my palpitations go out of control.  Some work better than others, but all of them are worth trying (if you are physically able to do so.)  Just remember, only do these if your doctor has said that your heart palpitations are just an annoyance and nothing to worry about.  The last thing you want to do is waste time doing these exercises when you should be going to a hospital.

Techniques to Stop Heart Palpitations Immediately:

  1. Cough.  Yep, a plain o’l cough can supposedly reset the rhythm of your heart.  I have tried this with limited success, but others seem to think it works great.
  2. Bear Down.  There is no real polite way to say this, but the whole idea is to clinch your stomach muscles to mimic the act of going to the bathroom – pushing out a bowl movement (careful here…you don’t want to mess up and do the real thing…).  For some reason this reroutes the circuits and the palpitations sometimes go away or at least slow down a little.
  3. Cold Water.  Splashing cold water on your face or taking a cold shower shocks your body and resets your normal heart rhythm.  I am sure this works for some people, but I hate taking cold showers, so I usually pass on this one unless the palpitations are really bad.
  4. Valsalva Maneuver.  A large cause of heart palpitations is the vagus nerve.  So stimulating the vagus nerve, which can affect heart rate, will sometimes stop palpitations and possibly restore your normal heart beat. To do the Valsalva maneuver you hold your nose and close your mouth while attempting to breathe out with some force (think of blowing up a balloon). Another technique is to make a fist and blow into it like you are blowing up a balloon.  If done correctly, you may experience immediate relief from your palpitations.  This technique is similar to “Bearing Down” mentioned above.
  5. My Journey to Cure My Heart PalpitationsResources I use to Help Reduce My Heart Palpitations

  6. Deep Breathing Exercises.  Deep breathing exercises are great for reducing anxiety and can certainly help slow down your heart rate, which can reduce your palpitations.  So do your favorite deep breathing exercise and see if that does the trick.  I really enjoy deep breathing exercises, but when my heart is skipping a whole lot, it is hard to focus on my breathing.
  7. Exercise.  I prefer this technique best.  I cannot alway exercise when I have a bad run of heart palpitations, especially at night.  But if I have some time in the morning or afternoon, a good cardio workout where I can get my heart rate up for an extended amount of time does wonders to restore my normal heart beat…at least for a while.
  8. Magnesium.  I know I only said six ways, and this is technically not a technique, but I think it is also worth mentioning that many people have found that taking a magnesium supplement has stopped their heart palpitations. Magnesium didn’t completely take away my heart palpitations, but I think it helped a lot. And I still take it to help me relax and sleep better. There are a plethora of magnesium supplements to try (and I tried many of them) but the one I like best is this one. It seemed to work fast, it was easy to take, and actually tasted pretty good. So I highly recommend it.

Keep in mind that these are only temporary relief techniques for stopping heart palpitations.  For more permanent relief, you will most likely have to make some life changes (like your diet and exercise routine, etc).  A good place to start would be HERE.

For a longer look at all the cures and remedies for heart palpitations that I have assembled, be sure to check out my series “The Best Cures and Remedies for Heart Palpitations”

Also, many of you have asked about other vitamins and supplements that I use and find helpful. If you are interested, you can find more about the resources I use to help manage my heart palpitations here: Heart Palpitation Resources

So what do you think?  Do any of these work for you?  Do you know of any other techniques or exercises that stop heart palpitations immediately?

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DISCLAIMER: Keep in mind I am NOT a medical professional and this is NOT a Medical website. I am just a guy who got sick and tired of dealing with anxiety, stress, and benign heart palpitations and started blogging about my journey. Hopefully some of that information is helpful to you. But what works for me or others might not work for you. Please do not do ANYTHING described or recommended in this website without the consultation and consent of your Primary Care Physician or Cardiologist. After all, this is your heart we are talking about. Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission that goes toward supporting this website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

402 responses to 6 Ways to Instantly Stop Heart Palpitations

  1. Just had a run of irregular beats, tachycardia, for a short duration. It was about three minutes, I tried the splash of water to the face for about 30 seconds, no go. Then tried the bowel movement thing, that seems to actually have worked.

    • Many people are seeking medical advice and I understand because I am too but believe it or not one thing that helps me is prayer. My heart beat just races sometimes out of nowhere depending on if I’m too cold or too hot I drank a lot of energy drinks (sometimes 2 or 3 a day) I would drink caffiene and stay up until 6 am and also had a drug problem in the past. It really triggered when I took Mega Men Sports supplements from gnc which had a little creative in them one day I worked 14 hours at work which already classed under athleticism and still went home and worked out and sometimes at night, I fucked myself up and one thing that helped me at times besides drinking milk to suppress my energy and changing my body temp was prayer. Every time I prayed sincerely the palpitations would leave seconds later until I would forget to pray some days and then would feel them again I know many people aren’t religious but I promise if you pray to God through Jesus it will help you, at least it did for me and I’m hoping through faith I’d get better because just like many other people said the doctors insist that the problem isn’t that bad but sometimes I feel like dying like I’m just tired and can’t take it anymore.. Then I remember my family, the little ones and God and I find the strength to keep going I have a purpose here and no infirmities will stop that. I hope it helps for you as well

      • I meant creatine not creative

        • Was having a bad palp that had been going for ten minutes while I was reading this. I prayed to Jesus asking him to make it go away and sure enough, 3 seconds later back to normal. Real stuff.

          • Do you think that the diversion of prayer made them stop or Jesus made them stop? just curious.

          • me too. prayer stopped my palpitation. Jesus is powerful

          • Hmmm… interesting, do you ever wonder how Jesus chooses who to help and who to ignore? Like all of the parents who prayed for cancer cures for their children and those prayers went unanswered. I guess he loves you more or maybe he was busy doing sonething else when the other people prayed and he can’t multitask.

      • Thank You Chris I needed this!

      • I’m trying acupuncture with herbal medicine for a month and a half , and my palpitations are still going wild.. had Afib that was resolved through an ablation and these palpitations are my partying gift, lol

        • For my Afib, went to a highly acclaimed acupuncturist for about a year. Was rather expensive..did nothing to help the Afib. I use red pepper, i.e. cayenne and essential oils.. yling-ylang. They help. Also. No caffeine. Even decade or chocolate

        • The one thing I found out was if I stay away from white sugar the palpitations don’t happen as much.
          Natural sugars are fine.
          Magnesium pills also helped me. Adrenal blockers will also help. It is a very uncomfortable feeling when it happens specially in the middle of the night.

          • Thanks for the response , I do no sugar and supplement with magnesium ..what kind of adrenal blockers were you referring to and what brand.

          • Glad to see someone else say that white sugar is a trigger. It doesn’t happen 100% of the time, but often enough that I try to steer clear of extra sugar most days.

            Also yes to magnesium as a treatment. Beta blockers trigger an asthma reaction and, to be honest, panic attacks. I only take a minuscule dose as-needed — and I very rarely think that it’s “needed.” 🙂

          • She indicated adrenal blockers not beta blockers.. two seperate products

          • Beta blockers = beta-adrenergic receptor antagonists or beta-adrenergic blocking agents. Same product.

          • What about raw honey?And will magnesium make you sleepy at work when you’re having palps? Thanks.

      • Hi Chris, very interesting reading your post on palpitations. I suffered a major health event recently , which I struggle to talk about and since then I have reoccurrent palpitations . They say a need a 24 hr ECG which I am waiting for. I also have low bp, low iron, which I am sure does not help. However one point I would like to make is that my faith has been the only thing that is helping me get through this . I do my prayers more than ever and I do feel this is making me a stronger and better person . Just felt I needed to share this with you as you talk about your faith too.

      • Way to go Chris, that is the ONLY thing that has gotten me thru some of my worst crisis as well!! God is good!!! Thanks for sharing

      • Yes u right when I pray I can finally sleep peacefully because I stay up all night nothing help me sleep then the palpitations started happening more often they are scary

      • God bless you! I have been feeling the same way and I never in a million years thought I would become that person. We are in the same boat but I’m getting convinced that this too shall pass! It’s been about 4 months now but know god has a plan for me! I thank you for this!

      • I Agree, I always felt that I cant stand it anymore specially this time that my heart is pumping very fast, it feels like palpitations wont stop, up until now I have my palpitations, I always cry to God to remove the palpitation together with the pain associated with it, I cant do the things that I can do before, I ask God to forgive all my sins and to please heal me from this disease,. I’m trying to look for herbal medicine to cure my disease with the Help of God…. Your message is an inspiration… God Bless!

        • Try the buteyko method. My heart palpitations aren’t very heavy as before.

        • Sorry all, but I really dont think religion should be added into the same arena alongside medical science.while medical science is absolutely real, the other is, well, let’s just leave it at that.

          • if “praying” calms someone enough to stop palpitations, then it is too “absolutely real”. doesnt matter if youre praying to the flying ant on the bricks. your comment is only a failed attempt at stating your irrelevant belief system. before you assume that i am religious and reply with some stale regurgitated scientific philosophy, understand that like you, i also have an irrelevant belief system. i believe in nothing. but i am aware enough, and respectable enough to understand that others DO believe in certain things, and to them, those things are sacred. so i refrain from shooting their perceptions out of respect and understanding. would be the same as, if you were married and believed your wife was the most beautiful woman, and your children were the most important thing. to me, your wife might be an ugly tramp and your children have no importance in my life whatsoever. yet out of respect and understanding, i wouldnt notion to the fact that your family doesnt mean anything to me. the thing is with you “down to earth” wanna be scientist types, you are the most ignorant self centered arrogant creations of humanity, even tho you and your almighty science is consistently being proven wrong in every area.

          • Kevin there is actually historical proof placing Jesus on the cross and raised from the dead. I urge you to do some research. Christianity as more historical value than any other “religion.”

          • But if the palpitations are worsened or exacerbated by anxiety, and religion helps people with that anxiety, then what’s the problem?

            I’ve had palpitations and anxiety, and I wouldn’t eschew anything that helps me; and most definitely would not try to turn anyone away from something that may help them with the anxiety side.

            These people are not saying, “just pray, don’t see a doctor.” That would be something to raise an eyebrow over, but when you have a problem that the doctor has no answer for, you end up in the position of having to deal with your ‘minor issue’ (which I think means not life threatening and the doc can’t fix it with a pill) the best you can. A doctor worth their salt would never remove something from the patient’s arsenal that may help them, as long as that wasn’t threatening to hurt them (hence the first sentence of this paragraph, everyone should have these things checked for acute or life threatening issues).

          • Prayer helps me 2, so lets just leave it at that.

          • I’m an atheist but I can see why prayer would be soothing to a believer. It might naturally steady your breathing too, making it similar to a breathing exercise. If it calms the anxiety it might calm the palpitations.


          • Wow. Unbelievable. If my prayer works on my medical condition, but fails miserably on all the suffering, dying children all over the world, I would rather live with my palpitations.
            There are so many who suffer far more than me. And I’m not even a Christian anymore.
            Kevin. Thanks

          • No. God created the Science. It is highly essential!

          • Praying is the same as meditation for some people.

          • Yup. Prayer is as good a form of meditation than any other. Nothing more. There is no miracle involved, no god answering any prayer (after all why would he/she answer your prayer while millions of others go unanswered?). Stick with whatever works for you.

      • Hey Chris,
        I NEVER comment on this stuff and I know this was from a while ago but I LOVED your comment. I try to do this as well during my anxiety attacks but often go to early remedies first. God is good and gets us through a lot of hard times. Keep on praying!

      • Yes, Prayer has gotten me through so many nights for the past 15 years. It seems to ALWAYS happen in the midnight hours, sometimes in the day but out of ALL the million times I’ve been to the ER its been at night. Someone told me that coke made their heart skip so I stopped drinking cokes and I seen a big differences but when I would drink Pepsi or rootbeer I noticed it happening again so now I don’t drink any dark drinks and the palpitations has decreased a whole lot.

      • I am so proud and humbled by your testimony. U r right. Nothing is too big for Our Father to fix. Stay blessed! And prayed up. U pray for my daughter Jalisa and we will pray for u!

      • You help me so much. Thank you! God bless you so much!

      • Thank you so much for posting this encouraging message. I am feeling the same as you have described above and I have never been so grateful to run into a post like this! Extremely helped in a time of need. I too have messed my body up from addiction and now I am in a position that the only thing I can do is depend on God! Bless you and I pray all is well for you and will be praying for miraculous healing forvyou,

      • First off, my sought out highly respected doctor is a diagnostic genius ,
        He strongly suggests a plant based diet with omega 3, probiotics, He suggested no coffee, no gluten no dairy no sugar, and no sugar substitutes at all they are considered deadly except Xylitol and honey are okay. I’m an organic vegetarian so that helps to make changes. I think part of this is to make sure your are not having a food allergy reaction . I feel 100% better.

        Also avoid those maga energy drink they can interrupt the brain neuropathways, and trigger a host of very unpleasant problems. Do your research you will be stunned. Aspartame is a dangerous toxic not fit for consumptions

        Supplements for the heart, the research is there so you can do some homework, but from what I gathered these all work together and do amazing things to help the heart function , beat and stay healthy, The patient goes the cardiologist he suggest ablation this where they burn the node and put in pace maker. The patient decided to have more tests to check for vitamin deficits . He gets checked for vitamin and micronutrient test with his regular doctor he is found to be deficient in magnesium and taurine and he begins to take both of them plus hawthorne within two weeks he has cured his heart problem that he had for two years! The sheer power of good nutrition!

        Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
        Magnesium glycinate or “chelate
        some use Magnesium oil put it on the soles of
        your feet before, the soles of feet have the biggest pores and greatest absorbency

        Fish Oils: reduce inflammatory compounds in the body, reduce triglycerides and regulate production of cholesterol. Studies repeatedly show that fish oils can decrease arrhythmias

        Aged Garlic Extract by Kyolic
        study found that this supplement slows and may even reverse atherosclerosis, even in people with moderate plaque build up.

        My doctor prefers Allimax considers it the best garlic supplement.

        The vagus nerve is very important and must be checked to make sure it is not obstructed or having problems in anyway this will nerve will effect your heart and many vital functions.

        Also a few more things to consider that could be the cause that cardiologist may not discuss about sinus / dental infection. candida overgrowth ( Very common), parasites, mold allergies, food allergies, you can be allergic to your supplements I friend was sick from vitamin D she cannot break it down so be careful even with supplement, check your home for carbon monoxide leaks Electro-magnetic sensitivity this is new but some people get sick from Wireless lab tops , cell phones, etc.. so go away on vacation for a couple weeks into a place where there is EMS and you will find out pretty quick if it is effecting you or not , Everything in our home is corded like the good old days.

        My doctor told me a story about a women who is very sick she goes all over the world looking for answers, the doctors are clueless . My doctor decided to put heR on a parasites cleanse for over six months, and she passes a nest of parasites after few months of being on the cleanse and she is cured. .Prior to the cleanse She had been checked for parasite before and the test should up as negative, So I’m also on a gentle long terms parasite cleanse.

        I think when medical doctor have no answers here where I live they will send you to a Naturopathic doctor. There was a case a patient had chart four inches thick the MD were not able to help her they sent her to ND and he cured her. i also respect Chinese Medicine a lot.

        Praying to God everyday is awesome , in our family God is the most important, and we have been blessed in some many ways. God will give your strength courage, love and will find the way .

      • Wow! The idea of the Christian god “gives” me an irregular heartbeat. I found your reply, laughable, for lack of a better, fitting, word but I’ll be kind.
        Your “God” gives Cancer to little kids.
        Your “God” allows our babies, to be raped. I was one of those “babies”, I was 5.
        Your “God” allows our babies, “his precious children” to be beaten and die horrible and painful deaths, daily. By hands and hearts that are supposed to love, nurture and keep safe, btw.
        This subject, while you, indeed, have very much right to love and offer your life, as in time, safety and everlasting soul, so it’s said, too do just that, causes my stress.

        • Wow indeed.

          So that’s a terrible story that something bad happened to you at a young age; wouldn’t your anger be better placed against pedophiles that carry out these acts?

          Also, if God give kids cancer, doesn’t God also give kids life? You can’t have it both ways, if God does everything then God does everything good as well as everything bad, right?

          And what does this have to do with palpitations and dealing with potentially chronic palpitations?

          • Couldn’t have said it better. There is good in this world and there is evil. That is why God have given us a choice to what is right and what is wrong. God doesn’t “give” kids cancer or allow these children to be beaten and raped. My brother died at age 12 from brain cancer and it never once crossed my mind to blame God. I am sorry that you were raped at age 5 as I have been raped too. It leaves scars that cannot be explained but it was the fault of the person who did that. God sent his only son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for the cleansing of our sins. That doesn’t mean that all people are good. The devil has a lot of power and there are people who are evil in this world. That is because they haven’t accepted Jesus and don’t understand what it means to live like and for Christ. You can repent for your sins. You can become new. Don’t blame God for the bad things, because He gave us as humans the choice of free will. This life is a trial. Look at the beauty around us, even in the midst of the devils work….. Find the love in your heart Branjo. Negativity can cause a burden of unnecessary problems.. Give it to God…you will see a change. If you don’t search the Lord, well….that is your choice, NOT His. “Create in me a pure heart o Lord”

          • This praying stuff is nothing more than meditation.


        • God doesn’t make bad things happen. He gives us the strenth to deal with them.

        • Sorry but thats not God!!!!! Its the devil

          • Sad then that your God is weaker than the devil. I was always taught that he was omnipotent. So can we please stop the God comments cuz this is becoming a religious forum? As many others have stated, myself included, prayer can be a nice form of meditation and i think we can all agree that meditation has a wonderful calming effect that can relax and distract you from the palps. There’s a few common threads in almost every post that i have read:anxiety or some traumatic experience possibly causing PTSD. We all react to anxiety differently so what helps us is going to be different. So if there is no physical reason for your palps, no chemical imbalance, etc then do wh
            atever makes you feel better; exercise, pray, meditate, etc. cuz no one else is gonna help you. I go back to my cardiologist on Tuesday and am not expecting a darn positive thing to come out of it. Sad but true.

          • You’re a fucking moron

        • Our God didn’t cause any of those horrible things to happen. Our God gave everyone a precious gift of free will and free thinking otherwise we would all worship God by force. Unfortunately, some people misuse their gift and choose to do horrible things to innocent people. That is the price we all pay for sin. Christ paid that price and took the judgement we all deserved so we can be reconciled to God. Please don’t hate or blame God. He loves you and wants to heal your heart.

          • Why Won’t god heal me? I’m a double amputee and I’ve prayed and prayed. Nothing. god has never helped one of us regrow a limb. Why does he hate amputees?

          • That would be because there is no god that exists that has that power. You can pray as a diversion but there is no proof that any prayer request has ever been answered. Sorry. If there was a wonderful and loving god with that power we’d all be cured of everthing but that’s not the way it works. 🙁

          • So here is the challenge. If God is not real then you have nothing to lose. If He is then you have gained untold riches ( and I don’t mean wealth).
            Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Start by reading the Book of John in the New Testement. You will learn a lot about Him in this Book. Continue reading through the entire New Testement.
            The bible is difficult to understand without the Holy Spirit helping you. It isn’t just words it’s the Word of God. It’s the only book that after you read it you are left with a decision to make. You become accountable for the words you read.

          • I hope that Fred, who sounds like he has more than his share of health issues and prayer is not helping him, sees your post. If he sees your post he can try your suggestion and try to read and understand the bible. See if that works any better for him but i think he should try something a bit more 21st century like a doctor, new doctor, meds, new meds, counseling, new counselor, etc. my thoughts are with him that he will soon get the help that he needs.

      • Excellent post and very relevant to me ! Thank you Chris !!!

      • I’m religious too and when my palpitations get out of hand i always pray. I always tell myself that God see’s everything we go through and so He will help if i call on Him. Thanks so much,i really needed this cos often times i feel am the only one suffering from severe palpitations. The thought of dying and leaving my kids makes it worse sometimes too

      • Chris it was refreshing to read your post. I too pray and have prayed away illnesses and headaches and I know the answer is prayer…but yet I was sitting here researching what to do for these palpitations. I am a firm believer that God can do anything for us through Jesus Christ and I am thankful to read your post to help remind me to pray in ALL things.

      • Prayer is the only thing that helps me as well! I’ve tried most of these techniques without success

      • If prayer works that is great! Prayer is a kind of meditation and it gets your breathing into a good rhythm, which in turn helps the heart stay or go back into rhythm. However, I think your problem is the supplements and the caffeine. Even the smallest amount of caffeine cause palpitations. Caffeine is a drug like any other. It is a stimulant that is hard on the body and could be comparable to cocaine in high amounts. Cut the caffeine out. And in many people panic/anxiety attacks can cause palpitations. This where prayer, mediation, breathing exercises will work.

      • God bless Chris! Great testimony. You are strong and on the right track. Hang in there! You are here for a reason and your comments – other than the f word 🙂 – show your purpose. Continue to share with others and ALWAYS LOVE YOUR SAVIOR. By doing this you will ALWAYS LOVE LIFE! All we have to do is call on Him.

      • Amen. Prayer works wonders.

      • maybe you should limit your energy drinks?????? just saying

      • Great. Seeking God desperately. When I really pray, I feel relieved. Thanks Chris. God is all

      • Why Won’t god heal me? I’m a double amputee and I’ve prayed and prayed. Nothing. god has never helped one of us regrow a limb. Why does he hate amputees?

        • Prayer without Faith is void. You must believe in what you are asking for in prayer that it will be answered.

      • And using profanity certainly impresses Jesus. smh

      • I had a laughing fit reading this. Many thanks

      • Praise God! Love this!

      • It woks
        Yes prayer helps

      • Thank you Chris. It really helped me a lot. What you have described fits exactly what i usually go through. But now i believe more that i am able to deal with it trusting God.

        • Yup, praise god, as all the starving and sick people die every day. Glad he thinks your palps are more important than other people’s terminal illnesses. Really, people. Think about it!

      • I pray as well especially when it turns into a panic attack and i feel i cant go on. He always helps 🙂

        • Glad he helps you while other people who are praying for their cancer to be cured, etc. are ignored. Sorry but it’s just like the placebo effect, it works because you think it will. Or the meditative effect. But glad it helped.

      • I started having more frequent heart palpitations around three months ago after a surgery and started using magnesium supplements and although they might have helped (along with eliminating caffeine and keeping hydrated) it did not eliminate it. Then my naturopath suggested an acupuncture treatment (3x total) and I’ll tell you that I haven’t had one in probably two weeks. I will probably go back monthly but it has worked much better than anything else…it is pretty astounding actually.

        • I had acupuncture years ago (long before i started getting palps) for migraines and anxiety and it did help those 2 things. I heard that you have to be careful because not all acupunturists are created equal. I knew that i had a good one because it was a referral from another acupuncturist who no longer practiced in NC and she was a family friend. Now i live in VA and would like to try it again. You found a good one. I hope i have the same success. Thanks for posting.

      • I am a Christian but this time I hadn’t prayed , thought the loud down and water would do it. Then I read your post and prayed literally stopped there and then. Thank you Lord! Thanks Chris.

        • Too funny! The mind is a powerful thing.

          • You are not very smart Suzie. Yes the mind is a powerful thing I agree. So now tell me why would we be here? How did this universe appear out of scratch? What’s all these secret societies (Illuminati, free mason…etc). Why would we be human and not lizards or any other of the millions of types of species? Why would we be on a near perfect planet to support life? Why would you be picked out of the millions of cells? Just to spread lies to make others feel no hope. The power of Christ is no joke and is far more powerful than the mind. Try reading the Bible before judging it please!

          • Hi there. As i don’t want this to turn into a religious forum, i will keep my response as brief as possible and just address your accusation that i am not very smart. You are entitled to your opinion as i am entitled to mine since there is no proof that prayer works in any other manner except perhaps to cause a meditative state which seems to help a lot of people with many ailments including benign palps. I totally agree with that. I spread no lies, i speak through proof and non-proof.
            That being said it is truly eye-opening that you can assess me as “not very smart” when you are posing rhetorical questions that are often asked by young children and can be answered by slightly older children with a fair amount of education. The questions you ask are fundamentally answered through science. The actual beginning of the universe as we know it is still debated and science strives every day to answer the mysteries our existence through logical, rational means, while the mysteries of our faith are pondered by those with poor analytical skills who lean on a book of fantasy that never offers the possibility of change (rigidity).

            I have read the bible several times during the years I was being mislead and brainwashed by my well-intentioned but superstitious elders, until finally reason won out. If you were to truly analyze the bible, if such a book were written today, the author would be labeled deranged due to all of the murder, mayhem, slavery and other evils that are condoned by your god. The existence of a fictional book does not in any way prove the existence of a god or any being that created anything we are or see. If you spent a few hours opening your mind to science, most of your questions would be logically explained. If you want to lean on a deity that many (including myself) truly believe does not exist, who you think is just a dear friend who listens to, and ministers to your tiny problems, that is just fine for you and others who believe it to be so. It’s also pretty egotistical to announce that any one person’s genetic imperfections are more important to your god than children being beheaded around the world, ask yourself why their prayers aren’t being answered. And ask yourself why if everything is god’s will, why your prayers matter at all? If you’re supposed to have heart palps, isn’t that god’s will? If you’re supposed to then not have heart palps, isn’t THAT god’s will? Why do your prayers matter? So if it appears your prayer pr anyone else’s prayer was answered, you can then worship god even more? What an ego god must have!

            You may think I am not smart (I certainly am) but I think you are suffering from a grand delusion and prayer will not change that. Untold millions of people do not pray or believe, and lead wonderful lives. I do not believe in god in any way (none of the thousands of gods dreamed up over millennia) but you are all welcome to feel free to believe in your god. It is not too late to spend some quality time researching answers to your questions through the one true way: science. The world being created in six days just doesn’t cut it. Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary proof.

            I reiterate as i have in many posts. Do what works for you and i wish you all the best. I shall not address any other posts about god and/or religious beliefs so as to not further offend anyone if that is the case.

      • Thank u Chris for sharing.God does answer prayers.Along with prayers we have to have Faith and believe that Jesus will answer our prayers in his timing.Jesus speaks about if you have Faith the size of a mustard seed you can move mountains.Its in example that shows you have to have Faith and belief as well.John 3:16For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not parish but have eternal life.Pray,believing and Faith.God is so Awesome he knows whats in our hearts before we even speak it.We must trust in him knowing that it is he that heals and can do all things in his timing.Maybe this is a time Jesus is wanting you to seek him with all your heart.God bless all ❤

      • Olawale David May 25, 2017 at 5:12 pm

        Sure enough praying to to God in the name of Jesus works for me too. Hallelujah. Amen

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    • THANK YOU SO MUCH my heart had been hurting and I had fast beating and I tried Valsalva Maneuver and I feel so much better!!!

  2. Great information!  I really appreciate it.

  3. I had palpitations since I was 19 yo, however nothing like what I am experiencing now (many years later, including the birth of two children…an indication of a healthy heart so my cardiologist stated at those times). I had all the tests done many times as well as recently. I have extra beats, 2-4 consecutively, about every 5th heartbeat, sometimes up to 10 normal beats, if I’m lucky otherwise 2-3 normal beats inbetween. If it is not the extra beats it’s the skipped beats with a pause of up to, nearly 3 seconds, usually 2 seconds at the same frequency as the extra beats. These palpitations seem to take turns, however the intervals of ‘normal’ heartbeats is still about 5-10 normal before irregular again. This is the first time I could find any site/blog that addresses this many occurrences. I haven’t found anything that works and some days I’m in agony physically and emotionally due to having so many. The only thing I recently noticed is keeping my pulse rate up to about 90 beats per minute, mine is usually 55-65 per minute. But as soon as my pulse slows even to the approximately average 70 beats per minute, it starts again. I’ve taken my pulse when I’m exercising and my rate is up and I DO NOT feel any irregularities in my pulse. After that I’m at a loss as to what to do. As you stated some things work sometimes but not always and I try them all even just for a few minutes of some relief. I’m thinking I should stop the Metoprolol to increase my heart rate, which I will likely start tomorrow. 

    • I am really sorry to hear about your palpitations. I didn’t like a beta blocker either, but don’t stop taking it without talking to your doctor. Your doctor may advise against it or recommend coming off it slowly in smaller doses. Also you should check out this Heart Palpitation forum which was really helpful: http://palps.chemicalforums.com/cgi-bin/YaBB.pl

      • Thank you Tony and thank good for this site. I have palps every day all day and it’s like my body is in prison , they are the worst most scariest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. Every time I have them I get on here and read about what everybody it’s going thru and that it’s ok I’m not gonna die. I’ve been to the E.R. several times had ekgs and stress test and Dr. said It was normal for me to be having these. I’ve tried all the exercises to stop then and I do get a little relief sometimes. But reading helps me alot. If you hear of any new news on them please leery mugger know and thank you and everybody else I’m trying your advice to not worry. It’s HARD AS HELL to not freak out but I’m so trying. Keep me posted and thanks!!

    • Heart palp they will not leave. Had liposuction done on my waist 3 mo ago, 1st week I was fine 2nd week palps came on like crazy. It’s been 3 mo. Been to heart dr. Had echo and heart holter, Holter recorded over a thousand palps in a day, but Dr see nothing wrong. Tried me on at employ made paps worse, now on metoprolol and no change. I’m taking magnesium and omega 3. Lord help me this is a nightmare, can’t sleep at nite they come like crazy. Mite also be in pre menopause 48yr female. They say alcohol makes them worse but when I drink some wine I don’t feel them until next day. How can something that make u feel so bad be ok?

      • Hi Ada,

        It’s normal to have thousands of palpitations daily. If your doctor told you there was nothing to worry about, then it’s Fine. I can guarantee you that the palpitations feel worse because of your worry and anxiety. I’ve been there, done that, to the point of ending up with panic attacks and two, three-day stints in the hospital.

        I’m sure that what is happening is that (in an instant) the moment you feel the palpitation, you become startled. That shoots off some adrenaline which makes it worse. The combination of the funny feeling of a normal palpitation, fear, adrenaline, and anxiety makes it actually get worse. You’re giving yourself more palpitations and possibly tachycardia.

        If you’ve already been checked out, had a holter, and they told you they were benign, then I recommend that you just ignore them and let them be. Don’t allow them to steal your sanity, happiness, peace, or passion for life. It’s not worth it 🙂

        The moment you start ignoring them, they’ll begin to bother you less. I feel them now every so often, but they have absolutely no effect on me anymore. My first panic attack ever was because I paid too much attention to them and was afraid of them and convinced something was wrong with me. It was in Sept 2009, my last panic attack was in May of 2010 once I finally let them be.

        • I find extreme comfort in this response thank you <3

        • Hello Tony, Thank you very much for your post. You are right! I have been through the exact same path as you have. After a failed ablation, I am trying to control my emotion more which is one of the causes of the bad palpitation. I am scared to die (!) but I will not know how strong I am until being strong is the only option I have. Thanks,

          • I, too, am the product of a failed ablation for SVT, palpitations, they found the aberrant nerves, froze them, but then the next day, it was back. Of course, the EPS doc didn’t believe me, and I pretty much put him in his place (he had never experienced them, so he has NO IDEA how scary it can be, I know, because I asked him). After many trips to the ER, panic attacks, depression, just the overall feeling I am going to due, I, too, have finally just decided, oh well, I know where I am going when I die, and there is nothing that can be done, so I just do my best to ignore it! Now, today, they are bothering me a bit more than usual, hence, the reason I found this blog 🙂

        • It’s so comforting to read this Tony. Mind of matter! If only it was that simple!! 🙂

        • What said here has helped me a lot! Thank you!

      • Do you drink enough water? Do you have reflux? My sister in law is a nurse & asked me all these questions after I had a holster on & all this blood work & scans done. Yes I drink plenty of water & yes I have some reflux at night. She told me to try Prilosec or Tums for a week. I guess reflux can cause irritation of esophagus which can cause pitter-patters of the heart. Worth a try if it could be that easy….wow huh? I’m going to try it!!

        • I absolutely agree because the vagus nerve is affected with palpitations, and indegestion is the worse thing for me. I find if I can try to burp I will feel much better and the palpitations will recede. Strange!
          Palpitations are so debilitating and frightening too, they make you really anxious and you dread them coming on, also I find definetly that adrenaline from feeling nervy will make them much worse, but it’s so hard to relax when you have them.

      • Same with me.. Tried everything…

      • Ada-your question is my question too. How can something that consumes your whole day be ok. Every 5th or 6th heartbeat is really a skipped beat. They eventually feel like they are filing up my chest and I start to cough. I have read that coughing helps. Not for me. I went to the ER a couple days ago. They said it was probably stress since my Grandmother is very ill and my father was recently hospitalized. I have dealt with more stress than this. Why now? Then I went to my Cardiologist who said it might be the Topamax I take for migraines. I have a call in to my Neurologist to get me off the Topamax ASAP. I don’t see how it is not injuring my heart doing all the skipping and jumping that it has done for the last 4 days, but I put my faith in the Lord above. He has the final say.

    • Stop coffee sodas and all kinds. Of CHOCOLATE. …. wait a month for the body to clean all the toxins and you will feel a lot better.

    • Try to get your sleep., At least 7 to 8 hours a night. It’s VERY important. And I agree prayer is the best way to handle everything. I’ve prayed for so many things and God is faithful if you have the faith. I just pray and know that God will fix everything sooner or later. It always helps.
      Also, to all of you with irregular heartbeats, healthfood stores (most of them) carry Hyland’s cell salts. Or you can get them online. Get the Mag Phos (which is magnesium phosphate) and it doesn’t have to be digested. Minerals are hard to digest a lot of times and these you take under your tongue. You put 4 little pills (like little sugar pills) under your tongue and let them dissolve. I discovered this after much research about 30 yrs. ago when my husband was having terrible symptoms like you all talk about and the doctor told him to stop all exercise and he could go (die) just like that and he snapped his finger. He put him on a beta blocker which gave him arthritis and it still didn’t help his heart so after much research I tried many different magnesiums and they helped somewhat. But the day I gave him Hyland cell salt Magnesium he came home and said he wanted more because for the first time his heart was fine all day. The outcome was he weaned himnself off the beta blocker, started playing ball again and has been fine ever since. Many people have tried it with the same success since then and there was only one that it didn’t work for. .Also, you should take a digestive enzyme, which you can find in the same places, and make sure it has hcl in it. That would be hydrochloric acid, which our stomachs make so that we can digest our iron, calcium and protein properly. Most people after 40 don’t have enough and a lot of younger people don’t either. Even children can have the problem. Anyway, if you take some digestive enzymes with hcl, especially if your iron is low, you will have less heartburn, less iron deficiency, and metabolize all your food better. The symptoms are the same for too much acid as they are for too little. About 99% of the time there is too little and if you take this you will start to feel better. All the cell salts are a great way to bring your minerals up to par.

  4. Thank you for creating this site!

  5. This is great, been having palpitations far more than I have before and can’t really see what a doctor would be able to do other than tell me I’m stressed. Any advice?

    • Hey Liz, sorry for the delayed response. I am really sorry to hear that your palpitations have increased (I certainly know how that feels). If you haven’t been to a cardiologist then I would strongly suggest that you see one and have the basic tests done. He may simply confirm that your palpitations are due to stress but at least you can now put your mind to ease and rule out any major heart issues. I was glad I did and it certainly helped me get a handle on the palpitations. However, if you have already seen a cardiologist and he or she says it is just stress/anxiety related then you should be just fine. In that case, an increase in palpitations is likely just an increase in stress/anxiety. If you are feeling symptomatic (like chest pains, angina, dizziness, or shortness of breath) then you ought to go to a doctor right away and just make sure everything it ok. For me, when my palpitations increased, I focused on things I could control. I focused on getting more sleep, eating better, deep breathing exercises, prayer and meditation, and exercising regularly (sleep, prayer, and exercising being the most helpful to me). I hope you are having a better week so far. Be encouraged. I went through some dark days, but now I rarely have a palpitation. It just took time for the anxiety and fear to leave my system. Your mind is a powerful thing and when we focus on the palpitations it only makes things worse. If a doctor has already told you your palpitations are benign then take confidence in that. But if you haven’t seen a cardiologist then I would recommend you see one. It was worth the time and cost for me.

      • My Health insurance will not pay for me to go to a doctor for my palps. Its very frustrating.

      • I am 23 years old and I had a ectopic pregnancy in January and after that I have been having pals and I am just so stresses out, my EKG came back fine but my heart rate was 85 and 100 sometimes. Your solution has uplifted my spirit. Thank you

        • Viyana, I am so sorry to hear about your ectopic pregnancy! I know that can be very difficult to deal with. My wife has experienced a number of pregnancy related issues (including multiple miscarriages). Hang in the and try to stay encouraged. Our faith in God was a source of comfort during that time. But it certainly can be difficult and stressful. Sorry to hear about your heart palpitations as well, but I am glad everything has come back normal. That is definitely a blessing! Hope some of the things on this site is helpful to you. All the best!

  6. Is it bad to do cardio exersizes if your heart is beating faster than normal? I feel like this would just make it worse.

    • Unfortunately, I am not sure about doing cardio exercises when your heart is racing. My heart would just skip beats (and would only speed up temporarily) but when I went running everything would go back to normal until I was done working out. I did a stress test with my cardiologist and he cleared me to run and do other cardio exercises. I would recommend you get a doctors approval before you start any strenuous exercises. I’m glad I did because running was (and is) the best way to relieve stress for me. If your doctor has cleared you to exercise and you aren’t feeling symptomatic (chest pains/shortness of breath, etc…) then doing cardio may be a great way to reset the normal rhythm of your heart (at least temporarily). Definitely check with your doctor though before you start running. I wish you all the best!

  7. I’m glad I found this list. I have been sitting here for about 45 minutes with a racing heart of 180 bpm, while I was under absolutely no stress or physical activity. VERY uncomfortable. I tried the Valsalva Maneuver and finally my heart is back to its normal beat.

    • Have you had any other problems like this? My heart beat was 242bpm for over an hour, docs in the e.r. Were surprised to see my girlfriend and i walk in. Scary…..

  8. Nice Blog, and I appreciate the 6 ways to stop A-fib. Unfortunately, irregular heart beats get worse as you age. I’m 79 and have been a moderate runner for 40 years (4 times a week/4 miles) some 10K’s but no marathons. Irregular heart beats started when I was 50 in Chicago under lots of stress. Got out of that and it didn’t recur until age 63. Controlled with Amioderone (very toxic drug) for 11 years. So, Cardiologist stopped that drug and others don’t work. Scheduled for an Ablation in June. My episodes are going from sporadic to chronic. Latest lasted for two days. Normally running will stop it if I can make it a mile or more. Breathing exercises during the night (in bed) when they occur also helps and gently massaging the carotid arteries in your neck. I sweat pretty bad when the heart rate goes up so I’m always aware of the episode. At age 80 they don’t like to risk Ablation so I’m anxious to get this done now. Obamacare will probably preclude it for folks my age also when it becomes effective. Really did appreciate your story. Hope you like Texas. Grew up in San Antonio and now live on the Beach in Mississippi.

    • Hey Pat,
      Thanks for the comment. I am really sorry to hear about your experience with your irregular heartbeat. I hope and pray that your ablation in June fixes everything up. Breathing exercises and massaging the carotid arteries are great tips, I have found them helpful as well. And my wife and I love Texas, but the beach in Mississippi sounds like a great life! Thanks again for letting us know your story. Come back and let us know how your ablation goes. I wish you all the best!

      • Hi, I just realized my heart palps and racing heart (for hours; anxiety meds don’t help) is actually a physical thing; looked it up on line today for the first time. I am going to my P.C. in two days.

        I am going to try some of the tricks and see if they help. Haven’t been able to get out and about this winter much….this probably made it worse(I have nighttime and “wake up in the middle of the night or early morning” symptoms) and I have tried to “meditate it away” before I started having problems …I have always been a good about trying to meditate…but I actually have realized that trying to meditate seems to actually make it worse. I am going to try to “ice my heart”, “cold water on the face” (instead of cold shower) and I am going to try massaging the arteries in my neck and blowing into my fist and see what happens…..because I am exhausted and miserable.

  9. I do a combo of valsalva and bearing down. I take a very deep breath, hold it, and contract my abdominal muscles for a few seconds. Usually works the first try, worst cases take a few tries over a couple of minutes.

  10. I had palpitation one day I was smoking and my heart just started beating fast and slowed down like I was about to drop!! I went to the ER the doc said I had anxiety and told me to rest and seek a counselor but that didn’t help at all. I went running three miles this morning my heart rate went back to normal in the evening around 8:00pm it came back I went running another two miles and i’m feeling pretty good I hope running twice a day will help eliminate my palp thanks for the blogg

    • When I have these they are anxiety related, and I don’t think there’s anything as good as exercise (I see more effect with Cardio, but I think heavy weights help too) for relieving general anxiety. For me, cardio has been a Godsend.


        GOD BLESS YOU!

  11. I have been reading the blog and all the comments. My palpitations are a little different. I actually seem to get an early beat and then a pause. It feels like a couple quick beats at times and then a pause. They seem to come and go. Some days I get a lot and other days none. Is there something that I may be doing that causes them to be worse at times? I will try some of the recommendations, thanks!

    • Joe,
      Thanks for sharing your experience. My palpitations felt very similar. It would be beat….beat….beat beat…pause…beat beat beat …beat…beat, etc… So our heart palpitations may be more alike than you think. You certainly ought to get your heart checked out by a cardiologist just to rule out anything serious. But I have found that my heart palpitations got worse when I had too much stress (whether by being anxious, or working too hard, or eating too much or eating foods that upset my stomach) or when I didn’t get enough sleep. I hope you start seeing some improvement soon! Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  12. I suffer from heart palpitations and they always come at times when I have important things to do (which shows they are stress related) but the bearing down technique has worked instantly. Thankyou so much

  13. I’m here because I googled: does coughing stop heart palpitations? The last couple of years if I feel my heart going crazy or irregular, I would just cough and all palpitations immediately go away. I was curious to see if anyone else experienced this and I’m glad to see coughing as your number one since it’s worked so well for me.

  14. Thank you dude, This acually helped a lot! 🙂

  15. splash water in the face is a wicked technique! i usually lie down and breath deeply but getting less effective. Found that caffeine really effected me having palpatations so cut it out my diet. But now after very intense workouts in the gym i can still get them. Any tips to the diet that can help this? Thanks for the tips so far!:)

    • Hey Sam,
      Glad you find some of the techniques beneficial. I am sorry to hear that you are still getting them after a hard workout. I have heard that some athletes get them after strenuous workouts since it places physical stress on an already stressed out body. You may also be low in electrolytes, so make sure you eat right (like a banana for potassium) and are well hydrated before, during, and after hard workouts. I also know that taking certain supplements can give you heart palpitations (like whey protein for some people). I think the best thing you can do to prevent this is to make sure your other stress areas are kept at bay. In other words, make sure you are well hydrated, sleeping enough, continue to eliminate caffeine and other stimulants, and work in as many green vegetables as you can. I have found that has helped me quite a lot. Definitely be sure to talk to your doctor about it, especially if you are symptomatic (shortness of breath, chest pains, etc…). You can never be too cautious. Hope that helps. If you find other stuff that works for you, please be sure to come back and let us know. Blessings!

  16. I’m up past midnight again. I can’t sleep. I feel a big thump in my chest and I feel like I’m losing air. I spend every five minutes trying to find a new position to sleep that will make it go away. Right when I’m on the verge of sleeping again, I feel a huge thump in my chest. Then adrenaline pumps thru me because of the fear and its just useless trying to sleep. Sometimes I can go several minutes without one, thankful that they are gone, and then thump. Then I place my fingers on my neck to feel my pulse and wait for the pause, right before I feel the thump again. I can have 5-6 in a minute. Sometimes 1 every five minutes. On a good day I may have 1-2 entirely. I was doing many of the tips you listed prior to reading your blog. I noticed that I would regularly have the urge to use the bathroom because of anxiety of thinking I was dying. After taking a number 2, they normally would stop for a while. Coughing was a natural instinct to me, but most of the time it doesn’t work. I am 39 years old. The skipped beats started when I was 32. I have never smoked a cigarette in my life. I don’t drink alcohol. I avoid all caffeine. I tried dieting to lose weight. I’ve lost 30lbs in 2 months and went from 288 to 258. I’ve been regularly exercising at least 60 minutes a day, 5-6 times a week to shed weight hoping this would help, but they don’t go away. I’m 6ft tall, and I’m trying to get my weight down to 200lbs, but these “attacks” are sometimes prompted by exercise and when my heart gets over 160 beats, they happen frequently, and I can’t catch my breath. If I get tired and lay in bed, when my heart gets too slow, they start again. I am a migraine sufferer too, and I quit taking Tylenol migraine because of the caffeine. I rather suffer thru the headache. I can go days sometimes without that infamous thump, and hopeful they are finally gone, and then boom…my life feels upside down again and I realize that I am a mere man that can die at any moment. I walk in the room and stare at my two daughters sleeping, thinking I might not see them again. Right now I’m drinking down water, hoping that I just need to be hydrated. I don’t take any other meds except the migraine meds I gave up. My resting heart rate has always been high, and because of that I sweat a lot. My heart rate at rest is right at 100. Been this way all of my life. Just walking around my heart rate is 110-120. I am borderline hypertension and hoping the weight loss and dieting will help me out. I’ve tried tracking my foods but can’t find the culprit that might be causing these. The only thing I know for sure is that caffeine increases them. For some unknown reason, a full stomach, or if I feel like I have a bowl movement coming this will cause them. I don’t drink any alcohol because once I was drinking a glass of wine and they started within minutes, a very bad episode. Well, I’m going to brave it again, and try to sleep…if they will let me….I haven’t felt one in about 20 minutes. Maybe the water helped. Maybe all the bowl squeezing I have been performing, or the number of coughs. If it keeps up, I am going to try the cold shower. I am desperate….I’m so tired of these. I broke down in tears tonight and was crying out to God. I’m serious when I say this is really hard for me to go through. I am glad to find that I am not alone.

    • Mark,

      I am really sorry to hear that you had a really bad night. Those are miserable. I went through the same thing you are going through. Our stories are very similar. I was consumed with my heart palpitations. I heard and felt every skipped beat, every thump in my chest. I was going insane. I would count my heart palpitations. I would count the regular heart beats in between heart palpitations. I was convinced I was on the brink of death. It was scary. For so long every day was the same and I dreaded trying to go to sleep each night.

      I tried everything. I read everything online and kept a record of what worked and what didn’t. I was consumed. It drove my family crazy and I was on the brink of going insane. But I too cried out to God, and graciously I believe He gave me moments of rest and breaks from the madness. I was blessed to find great encouragement and support from my friends and family and my wife was incredible through those long years.

      For me, things began to turn around when I went to an incredible cardiologist in our area. Other doctors only made me panic more, but this doctor was calm, reassuring, and confident I was going to be ok. I got every test you can imagine on my heart and thankfully everything came back looking great. I would love to say that my heart palpitations went away then, but they didn’t. I focused more intently on eating better, losing weight, and exercising more often, and trying to meditate and ignore the skips. Those are all good things, but nothing cured my heart palpitions. I went back to that doctor many times as well as to a really awesome general practitioner that was also very helpful. It wasn’t until I finally got into my head that these heart palpitations were benign, they were likely the result of stress and anxiety, they were not going to kill me, and even if I did die I was going to be with a God who loves me (side note: I am a Christian and believe in a mighty but loving God who gave His son Jesus to take the wrath and consequences that I deserved because of my sin).

      In other words, I could try all the tips and tricks that everyone recommends online, but none of them would help until I finally stopped giving them power over my life. It wasn’t easy. I couldn’t get it out of my mind that these palpitations aren’t lethal. My cardiologist embarrassingly (but nicely) told me to stop making appointments for my heart. I was going to be ok. My other doctor reassured me that I was heathy and that people don’t usually just die from heart palpitations unless they have heart disease (which I don’t thankfully). And even if my heart did stop because of excessive palpitations, my heart has a back up system that would kick in, and if THAT stopped, there is a third back up system that would kick in (our hearts are pretty remarkable). I wish I could go into more details (and I will post more when I have the time), but after a while I stopped being afraid of them and they began to go away. I kept eating better, exercising more, tried to get more sleep, and some of the other tricks you find online. And this time they helped and soon I was going weeks without a palpitation and my life was back. It was incredible. Our minds are a powerful thing.

      So I would first encourage you to go see a cardiologist and get fully checked out. If your heart palpitations are benign (which most of them are) then go in confidence. Do be afraid of them. Think of them simply as a muscle twitch. I now try to see them as a blessing whenever they begin to creep back into my life. They are simply a reminder that I’m letting stress get to me and to slow down, re-prioritize, get back to being heathy (mentally and physically) and focus on the things that really matter, like my family.

      I wish you all the best in your journey. I hope and pray that you find rest and peace today and eventually victory over your heart palpitations. Certainly keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. I will hopefully be posting more about my experience soon as will try to find others who have overcome their palpitations as well.

      All the best!

      • Daniel Cooper July 2, 2013 at 6:05 pm

        Sounds like anxiety attacks. I suffer from both. Thanks for your blog!

      • Hello, I have read your comments to my post a few times now. I just read again today. Sorry for not getting back with you sooner. Just wanted to let you know that I have been using pretty much all of these techniques with some success, even if it is momentarily. It actually has been quite peaceful over the last few days with just a few thuds here and there. Just finished reading your story. We a lot in common. I am a Texan as well. Not native, but wound up in San Antonio with my wife and kids in 2006. Every Summer, we wonder why we are still here. What you wrote that stood out the most to me is “(side note: I am a Christian and believe in a mighty but loving God who gave His son Jesus to take the wrath and consequences that I deserved because of my sin).” I appreciate your boldness in sharing your faith, and actually in my life, Jesus has been the source of peace for me, not only from PVCs, but in all things. Is there anyway to contact you through texting or e-mail? No worries if you prefer not to. Sometimes I feel that literally I am “brokenhearted”. God bless you!!!! Psalm 34, 17-19. Mark

      • I have been reading online for says now and must say your post is the most reassuring one yet. I have been checked out abs told my heart is fine and palps are normal but still fret. However, did decide yesterday that getting healthy and dropping 30 pounds might change things. After reading what you had to say I will also rest in the fact they are benign and reduce the stress I have been adding with worry. I too am a Christian and find a lot if comfort in the fact that God knows what’s going on even if I don’t and that He’ll take care of me. However, he made is human and we tend to get worried when internal organs are misfiring ;0) ! It’s confirming to read encouraging words from someone who has been down the same path.,Thank you and God bless!

        • Binkye, thanks writing in! I think that is great you are deciding to get healthy. I know it will go a long way for your heart palpitations. I am really glad you hear that you are a fellow believer and find your hope and peace in Christ. It’s certainly difficult at times, but I cannot imaging going through hard times without knowing that there is a loving God, who cares for me, has a plan for me, and is sovereign over all events, even the difficult ones.

      • i hope it works

      • Thanks for posting Mark. Your post was practically very helpful and it also blessed me being able to relate your story. Thanks for posting.

      • Thanks for this posting… I had never had a palp until about 2 weeks ago and know very little about them. Very scary – I have definitely been in a state of some anxiety ever since… Just sent in my “Holter” (?) monitor for analysis. Besides the techniques (which i will now try) it is So Good to heard that these palpitations are often “benign” – if not At All enjoyable.

        I have already passed a stress test with apparently “good marks” – so I haven’t been afraid to exercise and I have noticed that the treadmill does seem to relax them…

        Anyway – thanks so much for the positive words.

      • Thank you Mark.

        I two are seeing a cardiologist on Tuesday, hopefully everything will be ok.

        Just wore a halter monitor for 24 hours.

        You have encouraged me to try and stay calm, which is easier said than done 🙁

        I appreciate you taking the time to share.

      • Dear brother Mark, Thank you for sharing your experience! i am also a Christian believes in Faith. From your experience i am truly encouraged! i have been going through this problem for the past one and half months. Many times i felt the darkness encircles me and cause me fear over my life. I started to get this palpation after my father’s death about 2 months ago. I believe without God’s knowledge nothing happens in our lives. Satan has no power to take our life. I believe God saved us from our sinful life and brought us to the Light and Gave us life to live on this earth happily.. But Bro.Mark sometimes God puts us into test for a reason and purpose. I believe He wants us to get closer to Him and walk in Faith. Our Jesus will never destroy us but He will crush us and make us a valuable precious person for the greater future in our lives.. We as a Christian need not to worry when God is in control over our lives.. Our God is a good God. Let’s claim the promise scripture He has given us. Lets swallow the scripture as medicine. God will surely heal us from this strongholds and the spirit of Heart Palpation. The victory is ours. Satan is defeated. No weapons shall come against us. Our Steadfast faith can do tremendous miracles in our body. Faith Works!!! I just want to tell everyone never be discouraged. it’s just a tiny peanut thing! not a problem at all for Jesus to touch you and heal you!! cheers.. GOD bless everyone. heal everyone in JESUS MIGHTY NAME.

    • its gd to know their are other people out there sufferin like me xx

    • I have been the same for a few years. After taking drugs and getting involved with occult (tarot, etc), listening to death metal and looking into conspiracies. It made me paranoid, I was living in such a bad way. I remember nights when I was so terrified and stressed, when I’d been awake so long fretting, that my head was fuzzy and I could hardly think. I just sat curled up, for most of the days and nights. The problem you mentioned with needing the toilet, and the desperate prayer. It definitely makes nights difficult. I often won’t sleep until morning (4-6am), mostly out of habit from the worst years when I would be awake days at a time, that are thankfully behind me now 🙂

      A glass of water before bed has proven effective to me. I read that it prevents heart attacks, and I guess this helps my anxiety about anything happening during the night.

      It sounds daft maybe but I feel like posture may have a part to play. It started for me after nerve damage, and poor posture can trap nerves, among many other things. Try drinking more water, particularly at night and keeping your body and conscious clean. Avoid anything that will make you feel guilt. I’ve been vastly better since those pleading prayers, at which time I started to seek God and avoid anger, pride, sin and all those things in general. Not only to change habits, but aiming to change myself at core, as well as in the mind.

      (I’m not attempting to push God on you, by the way. I know it may come across that way. I started off with a short reply and ended up rambling a bit. I only want to share some of my experience on the matter, in the hope you and anyone else can benefit from them. I can honestly say the things I’ve mentioned have done me a world of good.) Also, being around people as often as possible, being active, taking my mind off of myself. I’m sure you will know this.

      • Just to clear it up, the nerve damage was due to substances I was smoking.

      • Jack, thanks for sharing your story! I’m sorry you’ve had such a hard time sleeping. That always makes my palpitations worse. I think you are on the right track with your palpitations. Being around people, taking your mind off the palpitations, living a healthy life, and of course faith, go a long way in the fight to cure – or at least reduce – heart palpitations. Thanks for your insight!

      • Listening to death metal does nothing against your health. I listen it too because I liked it.

        All the rest you did were the cause of your problems (being carried by consiracy theories is a growing disease these days. This leads to paranoia. A good way to avoid them is knowing that most of them (if not all) are ‘children’ of Nazi beliefs). I can mention drugs and tarots but meing carried by conspiracy theories is easyer because is more economic.

      • jack, im a big fan of death metal and im trying to make it my job. i also had a moment when i read all the lyrics to all the cannibal corpse albums i bought. i gave them all away! lol i just couldnt surrender my attention to such … NONSENSE anymore! lol. just nonstop nonsense! but its fiction, the other stuff i can relate to as well. forgive yourself and be happy that you recognized what does you harm internally. be well!

    • Hi Mark,
      Your symptom looks like me. I just found out that I suffer of hyperthyroidism .
      Got medicine to eat. Just go to doctor to do medical check up and blood test
      Hope it will help u

  17. ColbertNationSupporter July 11, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Pats Blog is a different type of palpitation if ablation was used to correct it. Most palpitations are not of the type you can “ablate” because they are not caused by an errant signal from a nerve on the heart. I have standard “PVC” type palpitations and these are non operable. I have found several things that do work amazingly well. 1 lower alcohol content. This bleeds off calcium magnesium and potassium in Urine. I take supplements on all three and added iron as well. Check Testosterone levels. This can have an adverse effect. LOSE WEIGHT for gods sake ( if you are overweight) Oh yes and quit watching FOX News as it is known to cause rapid heart beats among the gullible.
    (a jab at Pats nonsensical ravings about Obama-care)

    • FOXnews has two excellent doctors on every Sunday morning. I totally understand Pats comment, I remember seeing, and hearing Obama say on national TV “why have surgery when a pain pill can do the job”

  18. Hi! So glad to find this blog. I am a 35 years old female and had my first episode 2 days ago. I work night shift and I worked 3 in a row and slept maybe 4 hours during the day and after my last shift slept a couple of hours and then took my kids to the pool. Came home and ate some pizza and had a glass of wine and had the most horrible gas ever. I believe this is what brought on the dysrhythmia. Soon after, I felt like someone was taking my breath or choking me and then realized my racing pulse. Heart rate stayed around 130 or so. Every 20 minutes throughout the night I experienced this. Got so upset, started reading my Bible and praying….bless my husband he was so patient with me. This continued throughout the next day and my insurance doesn’t kick in unil August 1st, so I was trying to keep from going to the hospital. Well last night, it didn’t go away, sustained for 40 minutes and my mom took me to the hospital. I was starving for air…that is what I notice more than anything. Of course, it stopped 10 minutes before I got to the hospital. EKG normal, U/S gallbladder normal and no dysrthymias! Anyway, today I stayed scared and layed around the house all day. I am so scared it is going to happen again! It is a comfort to hear this may be benign! Can not wait until my insurance kicks in and I can go see a cardiologist!

    • Julie, Thanks for sharing your story. I am really sorry to hear that you had a bad run of heart palpitations and you had to go to the ER, but I am glad that nothing serious was found. I hope you are feeling better now and finally getting some rest. Definitely get checked out by a Cardiologist when you get the chance, but it certainly sounds like they may have been brought on by stress. I know my heart palpitations always flare up when I am exhausted and eating poorly.

  19. Bearing down and/or the Valsalva maneuver seem to have helped me. I’ve had palps since I was 14 and they are pretty sporadic. I will go a month and have none (unless I am lying in certain positions) and then for a few days to a week I’ll have them constantly no matter what I do. After a fairly sleepless night and sitting here annoyed all morning, I looked at this, tried it out, and so far they seem to have gone away. To me, even if this only a small period of relief, it feels so much better! Thanks!

  20. Thumbs up for valsalva. Just read about it on another site and tried it for the first time. It worked straight away. What a relief. Why have my doctors never suggested this?

    • Well, 24 hours on and not a single missed beat. How strange but how good. This has now been going on for about five years, I am now 55. I have always been active and luckily carry no spare tyre to talk of around my middle. I have never smoked but enjoy a glass of wine or two. It came on during a period of working 14 hour days and drinking buckets of Starbucks coffee to keep going through the days. I have always drunk a lot of coffee and have been able to go to bed and sleep right after a cup with no trouble. However, my doctor suggested work and caffeine were the problem. I could cut the caffeine right away and it cut the frequency of attacks right back. Caffeine was a trigger so I now take coffee decaf which helps. Blood tests all come back fine and I am advised just to live with it or face a lifetime of beta blockers. So I am living with it! I must admit it still worries me sometimes, especially if I am walking somewhere remote or I’m abroad when it happens, so finding these techniques is brilliant. Thanks.

  21. Wow, this website is so great! Thank you, offbeat! I am currently on a personal retreat and have been doing a lot of contemplating and just being with myself in a safe and quiet place. But I notice that I still have a lot of anxiety and, guess what, palpitations. This is not surprising to me–I have had heart palpitations probably since I had a nervous breakdown at 12 years old and subsequently developed panic and anxiety disorders. I’m still alive and about to turn 34! If someone would’ve told me I’d be alive in 22 years when I was 12, I would’ve said something like, “No, I think i’m going to have a heart attack and die pretty soon.” And through years of psychotherapy, journal writing and meditation, I am happy to say that I don’t think I could any longer be diagnosed with panic disorder and that I probably could only be diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder…which is nothing to sneeze at! But relatively speaking, it is like paradise! Anyway, a result of my past experiences was an association between increased heart rate and anxiety and death. When I was young and trying to hide from panic attacks and death, I would easily become panicky at the slightest increase in heart rate, even from normal things like exercise or walking up some steps. I recognize that I still have that association! However, this year, I have been exercising probably more than I have in a long time, and things are relatively the same as far as palpitations go. I pretty much only experience the “flip-flop” and skipping sensations–I don’t think I’ve experienced the tachycardia. But, I’ve been trying to breathe deeper and relax during exercise as funny as that sounds. I am also working hard at meditation and reflection here and hope to buoy my practice after I leave this space. But today I was just like, “damn it, I wish these things would stop! I’m just sitting here for cryin out loud!” And then I thought of this idea that I’ve thought before but didn’t take really seriously until reading the book Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel Smith where he mentions it. The idea is that anxious people don’t breathe enough. So I started freaking out, searching around and finding stuff like you did on webMD that maybe you have arrythmia and you might die. I also tried diagnosing myself with sleep apnea for a minute, which I don’t believe I have. Anyway, I would imagine deep breathing and regular deep breathing practice could only help prevent or reduce palpitations, even for breathing during sleep. I was wondering if you’d found any evidence that anxious people do not breathe enough, do not get enough oxygen to their hearts in general due to oftentimes being on high alert. Let me know. Also, please know that I really appreciate your work to address not only palpitations but anxiety as they often go hand-in-hand. I also look forward to and hope that you are able to make the time to add more content to this site–I think it’s wonderful! -Myles

    • Myles,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing your story! I am really sorry that you experienced panic disorders, anxiety, and heart palpitations at such a young age, but I am glad to hear that you have conquered your panic disorder. You seem well on your way to conquering anxiety too which is awesome. Hopefully the heart palpitations will follow suit and subside as well.

      At one point in my struggle with heart palpitations I too noticed that I would hold my breath and not breath regularly. I thought about sleep apnea too (since it can cause serious heart palpitations too), but realized that I didn’t have any of the other symptoms. I do believe that holding your breath can cause a person to be more anxious. After realizing that I would take a breath and hold it for a while, I tried to be more conscious about my breathing. I also tried to incorporate breathing exercises which helped). What’s funny is that I noticed that my oldest son (whose is almost five years old) holds his breath too and he is far and away the most anxious of my sons. There might be something to it. I will definitely put it on my research list and see what I can find. I am already putting together new stuff for the website, and hope to be done with my time-consuming project at work in the next month (or sooner), so I hope to spend more time on Life Off Beat soon. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. Please be sure to keep us updated. I wish you all the best!

  22. Had them since I was 37 and am now 64. Lost weight (from 268 down to 180) still have them. Come and go. When they kick in good they usually last for 6 months and disappear except for a few here and there. Had heartwork done years ago (Holter monitor—-heart skipped over 5000 times in 24hr. period). Will pretty much disappear for years then resurface. Lately have come back and will start at same time every night (10:30-11:00pm) I fall asleep and wake up to a few then they go away for the most part the rest of the day ’til that night again. I just live with it. I also have tinnitus. I pretty much contract anything and
    everything that there is no cure for.

    • Jim,
      Thanks for sharing your story. That’s terrible that you have tinnitus and heart palpitations that have reached up to 5000 skips in a day. That must be exhausting. However, it’s awesome that you have lost almost 90lbs. That’s incredible! It may not have had much effect on your heart palpitations, but I’m sure it will go along way for your overall health and the health of your heart. If you don’t mind me asking, when your doctor monitored your numerous heart palpitations, what did he think was a possible cause? Did he make any recommendations on how to reduce the palpitations? Hopefully you can get to the root problem of your heart skips. One thing that helped me was tracking my bad days (what I ate, how I slept, my anxiety level, etc.) as well as my really good days. Maybe that could help you if you haven’t tried it. Be sure to keep in touch and let me know if you have any questions. I wish you all the best in your search for a cure.

  23. my heart palpitations came right after I ate really salty lox. Might be a coincidence or mabe combo of having too much cafeine, but my palpitations are constant for 3 days.

    • I am sorry to hear that you have had constant heart palpitation for that last few days. Hopefully they are better now. I know when I eat foods high in sodium, my blood pressure goes up and I hear/feel my heart beat more. And when that happens, my heart palpitations get worse. Definitely try to lay off foods high in sodium as well as caffeine and hopefully your palpitations will go away. Let us know how is goes! All the best!

  24. This is an oldthread, but I had to way thank you so so so much. I pretty spent all last Night havinf crazy palpatasions, I was Almost sure i was gonna have a heart attack at any moment. and then I came acros this. made me feel sooooo much better. thankyou.

    • You’re welcome. Sorry you had such a bad night of heart palpitations! I’m glad you are feeling a little better though. If this is your first time experiencing heart palpitations, I would strongly encourage you to get them checked out by a cardiologist, especially if you keep experiencing them. Most palpitations are benign, but you definitely want to be safe. The peace of mind I got after visiting my doctor was invaluable. Hope continue to feel better!

  25. I have been having palpitations for the past week or so. They start to come on more at night and when I wake up in the mornings my muscles on the left side of my chest feel sore, like I have worked out or something. The palpitiations themselves aren’t horrible but its the soreness that I feel that I’m wondering about?

    • Hey Braxton, unfortunately I’m not too sure what would be causing the soreness on the left side of your chest. Maybe someone else could weigh in if they have an idea. I would recommend you see a doctor if you continue to have heart palpitations and soreness in your chest. It could be that you are sleeping funny on that side because of the palpitations or you are tense because of the skips, but it could be a number of things. Sorry I’m not too much help here. A doctor visit would definitely be the best place to start. Let us know if you find anything out.

  26. I’m so glad I found this site. This is just awful, it’s 5:06 am and I havn’t been asleep yet because of palpitations… last night was even worse as my paIpitations were acompanied with an episode of tachycardia, it was after 4am when I went to sleep last night. I am getting tired of this… and I’m only 25. I started getting heart palpitations almost a year ago. It started out not so bad but as time goes on, it’s getting worse. I’ve had two other episodes of tachycardia where I almost passed out because my heart was beating so fast it wasn’t pumping any blood… I was home alone, so I called 911. I’ve had an echocardiogram, which was fine; I wore an event monitor for 30 days, it recorded alot of palps. but it was fine; I’ve had blood tests done, I’ve had x-rays done, everything always comes back fine. I’m getting ready for a stress test this week.. pray that it’s normal. I think the most frustrating thing is not having any answers. The only way I find comfort through all of this is praying and trusting in God, He is the only thing that carries me through this. Otherwise I would be a crazy lady– always worried and anxious, hyperventalating in a paper bag *lol* I am so thankful that is not me. Thank you for the tips… I think they are working. I havn’t experienced any palps in 15 mins or so… so I guess I’m gonna try and get some sleep now.. *at 5:26am*

    • Angel, thanks for sharing your story. I will certainly be praying for your stress test. I hope all goes (or went) well. I think it is awesome that you are finding your comfort and peace through trust in an almighty God. Having heart palpitations definitely reminded me how little I control in life. It is comforting to have faith in a sovereign God who loves me.

      I hope you are getting better rest. Hopefully, your heart palpitations are simply brought on by stress and anxiety and once those things subside so do your palpitations. Keep us posted. All the best!

  27. Hi folks, I have just read through this blog piece with hope that it would help, the Valsalva technique has certainly slowed my heart rate significantly and I can now see straight again.

    I have been suffering with heart palpitations for a good five years now and I have tried pretty much everything from anxiety tablets to ibuprofen (which a doctor gave me after completely ignoring what I was saying) I believe I have a sort of dormant asthma but I am not sure, the symptoms keep popping up when my heart isn’t tried to beat right through my ribcage. I was just wondering has anyone tried inhalers to treat palpitations? I have always put mine down to a lack of oxygen to the heart along with stress and my general unhealthy state.

    It would be fantastic to hear from people and I have the deepest sympathies to those who suffer from heart palpitations.

    • Harry, thanks for sharing your story! I am glad the Valsalva technique helped (if if just a little bit). I am sorry to hear that you have been dealing with palpitations for five years. I know it can be incredibly exhausting and frustrating. It is interesting that you credit lack of oxygen to your palpitations. I haven’t tried inhalers, but I have read testimonials that say that practicing breathing techniques eliminated/cured or greatly reduced their heart palpitations. I don’t know if it was because it increased their oxygen intake or because it helped reduce their anxiety, but breathing exercises would definitely be something worth incorporating into your daily routine. If you find any good breathing techniques that help or if you try an inhaler and it cures your heart palpitations, please come back and let us know!

  28. A trick I use is lie down on the couch with feet elevated and place a pillow on your stomach,focus on the pillow when you breath in and out, it takes your mind off everything around you.

    • This is a great tip! Thanks Mark. The hardest part about breathing exercises is trying not to listen/feel the heart palpitations as I slowly breathe in and out. Focusing on the pillow on my stomach helps distract me from the palpitations and also helps me breathe from my stomach and not my chest (the proper way). Thanks for passing along the tip!

  29. Thanks, these steps really help. Like you, i can’t always exercise or focus on deep breathing when i have anxiety related palps, but the Valsalva seemed to help.

    Weirdly, if you have club soda, or any fizzy drink, sometimes a burp might also help.

  30. I just read several comments and am happy not to feel alone and crazy. I have had palps now for at least three years. Saw one of the best cardiologists 2 years ago, put me on metropolol for 6 months until my blood pressure went too low. Been off the metropolol for 10 months,but still palps. As weird as it seems, I have several bowel movements a day and the palps go away. My cardio did say my arrythmia is benign. That is good news, but I do notice when I am stressed, the palps become very noticeable. I am trying to give up chocolate and wine – very hard to do. I will be starting magnesium supplements. I drink a lot of water, get a lot of sleep, vigorously walk 20 minutes almost every day. I did go to an allergist and found I am allergic or highly sensitive to certain foods, cat dander and dust, which I now try to avoid. I read that these can give you heart palps!! Instead of a runny nose or itchy eyes.
    I am 60 years old, female, owned my own business for almost 40 years – so maybe my body is telling me to relax!!!!! And DESTRESS.

    • Candy, thanks for sharing your story! I can certainly relate. I was on similar medication as well and my blood pressure went way down as did my heart rate. I hated being on it so my Cardiologist slowly took me off it. I am glad to hear that your heart palpitations are benign like mine. I think it makes a big difference having that kind of peace of mind. Hopefully you can get to the bottom of what is causing your palpitations and get rid of them for good. I think it is great that you went to an allergist too. So many things can cause an arrhythmia, it’s good to get an idea of anything your body has an adverse relationship to. I’ll have to try that out myself. Thanks for the tip!

  31. Admin- what did they label you as having? I have svt -bad electrical system so to speak:(. Over 20 years and I will never ever be normal and truly happy. Been on atenolol and hate it, I take the lowest dose and I have low blood pressure.

    I believe in natural products and know stress, hormones, and the vagus nerve, acid reflux make it worse.

    I live with this and know the methods you wrote about thank you for sharing.

    • Hey Debbie, my doctors said I have benign premature ventricular contractions and premature atrial contractions, so it is a little bit different than SVT, but can certainly be caused by the same thing. I am really sorry that you have had to suffer with it for over 20 years. I know that has to be tough to deal with. Just know that many of us here can relate, and we may not have a perfect heart rhythm, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we can’t be truly happy. So much of stress and anxiety is a product of our minds (a choice we make), so stay strong and encouraged and don’t let these irregular heartbeats get the best of you. Keep searching for cures, but let your irregular beats serve as a reminder to live each day to its fullest (a blessing other people don’t get). My palpitations get the better of me every now and then, and not every day is a happy day, but they can’t take away my joy (which for me comes from my relationship with Christ and my family). I wish you all the best!

  32. Thank you for all that you wrote! Do you usually do the bearing down, coughing, or Valsalva Maneuver more than once for it to work? I was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse with reguritation about 8 years ago, I have heart palpitaions. Sometimes they last months at a time and other times just days, and then they are gone for a while then they return again. I am not sure why? I am having a lot that are constant, the past few days, I am hoping and praying they will go away, it is hard living with these. I am on Metoprolol, but it has not been working, I am not sure if these are from stress, I have been under a lot of stress. If they are I am not sure what to do to relieve it? I am a 37 yr old woman who has 6 children and I have been a stay at home mom. My youngest just started kindergarten so I am now going to school nights and working days. I have a 14 yr old daughter who was very sick last month and ended up in the hospital being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, that has been so hard. I know when I tell my family members how these palpitations feel they dont really understand all that I am feeling or going through. I am sorry you and everyone else who has been commenting has to feel this and live with these, but it does help in a way knowing I am not alone. I really hope all of us will find relief and that we can have days, weeks, months, years when we don’t have to feel these.

    • Tiffany, thanks for sharing your story. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate with six kids in addition to working and going to school . That is enough to give anyone heart palpitations! I am sorry to hear about your daughter who has type 1 diabetes, that must be tough to deal with too. Diabetes runs in my family as well so I know it must be hard. As for your question, I usually try the maneuvers a number of times if they don’t work right away. Keep in mind that they tend to help in the immediate, short term and are not necessarily long term, permanent solutions. I usually try doing a couple of the easier ones first and if those don’t seem to be helping as much as I would like then I try to carve out some time to exercise which has always helped reduce my palpitations and anxiety/stress. I hope that answers your questions. If you have any other questions, let me know. I hope this week is better for you and you find some rest and relief from your palpitations. All the best!

  33. Try Calcium Magnesium and Zinc. It works with your electrical system and usually works very quickly. Don’t take too much and read the bottle for recommended serving size/day.

    • I tried magnesium and calcium and it made my palps worse aand this was after my ablation at 43yrs of age 3 yrs ago. My electro cardio doctor said he sees a lot of women that are runners in their 40s experience electrical shorts. I am on 10mg of Nadolol and i have no adrenaline to run distance anymore and it sux. I try to eat better instead of vitamins because we dont know how much to take. Everyones body is different.

  34. Wow reading your story Mark was weird because most of it could have been written by me! I had a particularly bad night last night. From 10.30 pm till 4am today it was non stop. Nothing worked. I was angry and scared all In one. I’ve cut caffeine. Drink more water. Eat different foods. I’ve tried it all and nothing works. I had to take today off work because I was so tired and it continued on all day. I do react to certain things like additive 621- MSG. That starts it straight away. And one little cup of instant soup can cause me heart to beat fast and hard for hours on end. Just one cup of soup! But I’m still trying to figure out what else could be a trigger. I suspect mild anxiety is a culprit also in my life. I don’t wish it on anyone but it’s good to know there are people who have what I have and we can share how this feels and know we aren’t alone and hopefully help each other to find things that work. I’d appreciate any advice. Or even just a chat on how things are going. I need some support because no one around me understands or can relate to what’s happening to me. Has anyone tried acupuncture? Thinking it might be an option??? Love to receive any advice. Thanks Francoise xx

    • Francoise, so sorry to hear you had a really bad night! I have definitely been there. Those are the worst because it throws everything off the next day and can spiral into the next night as well. Awhile back I got into a terrible pattern where I was only able to find relief from the palpitations if I sat up in bed. But then it was like sleeping on an airplane so I got little to no sleep, which made the next day horrible, and the cycle would just continue night after night. I was reassured by my cardiologist that my palpitations were harmless so eventually I had to make myself lay down and sleep like a normal person. One thing that helped was taking a little magnesium before bed to calm down. (There are many different types to try but Natural Calm is a good one – http://amzn.to/19hjGm4). Taking a hot shower or bath also helped a little, as did decaf tea. And I agree with you about MSG. I tried to eliminate it wherever I could too. There are just too many examples of people getting palpitations after consuming it. I also think trying acupuncture is a good idea. I personally haven’t tried it yet, but I have read it helps. If nothing else, it could help reduce stress. For me, exercise is the best stress reducer, but I don’t recommend that unless you talk to your doctor first and he clears you to workout. But nothing is better for me than to go on a good run or bike ride and get my heart rate up for a bit.

      I really hope you get some rest and have a better nights sleep. It’s hard not to lay there at night and not listen to your heartbeat. But If you have been to the doctor and everything came back ok, then rest in that, and even if not, the fact that there are so many of us out there going through the same thing is a reminder that most palpitations are not life-threatening. Hang in there and be encouraged. If you find anything that works for you be sure to let us know. Thanks for sharing your story!

  35. i love it,

    also try to release air slowly , and close your eyes imagine warm feeling in your toes and stuff also helps me, what helps me the most is to go out for a run, or just run in place , it usually makes my heart beat normal again and calm me down.

    also , where you sit does matter sometimes while you have heart palpitations , so dont sit in front of the computer, or on your side.. just sit on your sofa and relax, say to yourself “Huh those are just palpitations it won’t kill me right? it doesnt hurt right?” it helps you (me) relax, palpitations can cause anxiety and it only makes it worst.

    the last thing you should do is freak out while having palpitation

    • Great points Nicolas. Thanks for writing in. I agree, freaking out only makes things worse, but can certainly be difficult when you have palpitation after palpitation. And I think you are right too about where you sit. After staring into a computer for hours my palpitations are always worse.

  36. The Valsalva Maneuver worked like a charm!!! Thank You!!

  37. I have had this issue for about a year and i have found working iut and dieting regularly to do wonders . Before this semester started back up i exercised everyday with dietinG and had complete relief from my palpitations but since school has started back up they have returned a little bit. I would say exercise is the best choice

  38. This was very helpful! Thanks so much. This condition has been a constant battle for me, not to mention very scary at times.

  39. Wow! the cough has worked! thank you so much. I had palputations all night and was getting worried. read your article looking for help and number 1 has worked! great work.

  40. Hello guys, maybe I too can find so peace here! last December I sat alone at home and told God that I ready to be used! ready for my calling in life! I was never one to go to church but after getting so many of the same prophetic words, I knew God was reaching out to me. During Graduate school, I began to drink a little more and would nave the occasional cigar, but all that stopped. I never used to crave it and now I don’t need it. But during my “spiritual cleanse,” I came across anxiety, stress, and so I began to think that this was definitely a spiritual and physical battle.

    It’s now November 12, 2013 I haven’t had any alcohol or the occasional cigar for 11 months now. I married my best friend oct 18th and I Graduate this December! thank you God lol I am back on routine with my church, my family, and life!

    but I’ve noticed that after all those sleepless nights of fear and after all that other stuff, I began to get tiny palps that would throw me off. I would ask why? dr’s have ruled out everything! blood work is phenomenal, all organs are working properly…It baffled me. I thought to myself, ok I did everything right with my fiancee, now wife, I gave up at those childish things, and so what’s going on? I still have them but they are very tiny…freaks me out! but I also believe that I’m at the end of that. I also think that most them come from stress. I graduate this December and I’m happy but freaking out! excited but ready.

    any suggestions? thanks 🙂

    • Homer, congrats on recently getting married and graduating from Grad school this December! I am sure it will be nice to have school behind you. Hopefully that will help with some of the stress and anxiety you are feeling. I am sorry to hear that you are struggling with heart palpitations. It’s great that the doctors have ruled out anything serious though. Since nothing is structurally wrong with your heart I would talk to your doctor about the level of exercise you should be getting. I know for me that exercise is a great stress reliever. From there, I would be vigilant about getting more sleep and tracking everything you are eating. I found great success after doing that. It helped me understand what foods seemed to trigger or make my palpitations worse so I could avoid them. Also, since you are a believer in God, I would also recommend that you set aside time to meditate on scripture and pray. There are some great verses about anxiety and fear. Put those to memory and find a quit place to sit and just meditate everyday (even if just for 10-15 minutes a day). I’m sure other people have some good ideas as well, but those are the areas I would start with. Hope that helps! Definitely keep us updated and let us know what you find helpful in your journey to cure your palpitations. All the best!

  41. Hi everyone, and a huuge hello to LOB. I have read the blog and most of your the replies to it and can say that although I wish everyone of you find salvation, I am happy that I am not alone…

    I am a 26 year old male who have been experiencing heart palps since i was maybe 10 years old (maybe once a year). It never really happened between ages 13-19, but that’s when it really started.

    Heart palpitations/dizziness/fatigue/shortness of breath/left arm tingling and others.

    Between a 3-4 year span I have probably been to the Emergency Room about 10 times because of this. I have had chest X-rays/EKG/ and blood work done there which of course all have came back normal.

    After being seen by 2 General Practitioners/Pulmonary Specialist/Cardiologist, taken test’s like X-rays/Blood Work/Echocardiogram/24 and 48 Hour Holter Monitor/Treadmill Stress Test, I was diagnosed with Anxiety….

    I have felt some sort of relief between then and 2 months ago, which these symptoms came back and might I add you DOUBLE the effect.

    I have these “attacks” and have a fully numb left arm, extremely tight chest pain, dizziness to almost the point of passing out, sweats, and the all around feeling of not being in control of what will happen to me.

    I have been to the ER twice in 2 months and have had chest X-rays/Blood work/EKG’s/urinalysis and others. I am currently waiting on my GP for my results of the 48 hour Holter Monitor I have just completed…

    I will admit that I am a heavy drinker and have used recreational drugs for a long time, but can now proudly say that I am 2 months clean (HUGE accomplishment for me)

    Although i know that my lifestyle has a lot to do with the way I feel, I look forward to a better/clean life for myself and my family, and wish all the best to everyone with their journey..

    • Che, Thanks for sharing your story! Congrats on being two months clean. Keep up the hard work. I know changing your life style can be difficult, but it will be well worth it in the long run. I also think it will go a long way in curing your heart palpitations. I have similar panic attacks with similar symptoms and they are no fun. So know you are not alone. Keep us posted on your journey. I wish you all the best!

  42. Hello everyone, I would just like to say thank you for making me feel like Im not alone in this world. I found this page because I too suffer from these horrible palpitations since I was 15. I am now 38. I remember the first time I had them, I was like WTF WAS THAT!? Then as I got older and had kids with a terrible woman lol… My stress levels went through the roof and so did my palpitations. Im now single again and have been for 8 years. I gotta say that for most of the 8 years I got better but now Im worse. Stressed out again cause I lost my job etc., etc. I found your techniques interesting and gave them a go. Yeah they sort of work but what really works for me is to find a way to get your mind of it, like do something fun that doesnt cause too much stress. Play a game, walk, work on something that you like like your car, work but dont work too hard. Maybe even play video games but dont get mad if you lose haha. Do something that requires physical activity but doesnt overwork your body. Anyways these things seem to work for me and I thought Id share. Wish you all good health and may your god help you.

    • Thanks for sharing your story Wishmaster! I agree, one of the best things you can do for your heart palpitations is to get your mind off it. For me, that means stepping away for my computer at work for extended breaks when possible and exercising as often as I can.

      • /I am so relieved to find so many others with the same problem and to know it is usually benign. About 15 years ago I was wat ching TV w/husband when my heart felt as if it had contracted and I also heard and felt a gush of blood! I was so scared that I arranged to have an EKG at the local hospital. I was told everything looked fine. Seven years ago when I hit 50, my palpitations had become a regular occurence. My Dr. told me that electrolyte level was low and that can cause irregular heartbeats. I will try your methods of relief. Thanks for your website!!!!!

  43. Hello! I’m worried about my palpitations I’m kinda can’t sleep at night because of several thoughts like (Yeah, I’m only 14 am I going to die?) something like that, I’m praying every night telling to God that please don’t take me I’m not yet in my right age I’m not yet ready I always cry to Him and I’m always stress, I’m having my review for my exams when my palpitations started I even drank too much coffee but then after two days I still have the palpitations which I think caused by my wasteful thoughts. I went to a doctor and I undergo ECG they can’t identify where does my palpitations are coming from because I don’t even have a High Blood pressure, a history of heart failures or what ever. I’m starting to panic and I can’t help it, After one week I’m going to visit my doctor again but I’m worried and I can’t help my self I’m a wide reader and thanks God I find your blog, I think I’m just thinking too much and I’m being exaggerated about my palpitations but I can’t help it. I read a lot of stories and thinking What ifs. I even tried to talk to my mom saying I love you and sorry to her, and I think I scared the hell out of her. Every day/hour/minutes I’m watching my heart palpitations worrying about my health but then I found your blog which is really helpful I understand what palpitation really means and I don’t need to freak out.

    • Bluee, I am glad you found the Life Off Beat community. I hope the stories shared on these boards are an encouragement to you. I have been where you are. It is scary, but focusing on your palpitations only make them worse. Continue to have all the tests run that your doctor thinks is necessary (to rule out the major stuff), but know that most heart palpitations are benign and the result of stress and anxiety. It’s our body’s way of telling us to slow down and relax. Our body’s are amazingly resilient as well. My doctor told me that even if the node that regulates the heartbeat failed, we have a back up that kicks in, and even if that back up fails, we have a back up of the back. It’s amazing really. It sounds like your palpitations were brought on by stress/anxiety, so do your best to remove the stress/anxiety (eat healthy, meditate/pray, get good sleep, exercise, deep breathing exercises, etc.) and see if over time your palpitations are reduced. They may not fully go away for a while but the less you worry about them the less they appear (at least that has been my experience). You are doing the right things. Get all the tests done and if they all come back normal (which they likely will) then go in confidence. It’s hard to stop listening to your heart skips, but it’s possible. I wish you all the best.

      • Hey! Thank You again for this blog since the day I read this I can now manage my heart palpitations which rarely occur now I mean my heart palpitation decreases. I had a bad day today ‘cuz my classmate always telling me that If my palpitations will get worst (which I’m very scared off) I’ll get an heart failure. It is very very scary, you know and now I’m worried about my heart again, but then I realize she’s only my classmate not a doctor Hahaha, well she’s really annoying. I can’t still help my self from worrying but I think my worry decreases too. I always keep in my mind that “It’s just only palpitations, God can beat this” I’m checking my heartbeat time to time and I think I should lessen it, ‘cuz it will only make anything worst. anyway I’ve read your reply and I owe you a lot for this. This site gives me peace. Thank You very much Sir!

        • Happy to help! Glad you found this site helpful. Definitely don’t let someone scare you about your heart palpitations. Certainly get things checked out with your doctor, but rest assured that heart palpitations are extremely common. Nearly everyone will experience them from time to time (some just more than others) and the vast majority of palpitations are benign.

  44. I have terrible anxiety and panic attacks which I know cause palpitations, however sometimes my heart just goes absolutely nuts beyond any normal anxiety symptom and even when I’m relatively relaxed/half asleep… Tonight my heart was beating SO hard and fast that my whole upper body was moving from the sheer force of my pounding heart and I suddenly remembered your “bearing down” and Valsalva Maneuver methods which had helped me in the past with random attacks of severe palpitations. I held my breath tightly, bore down hard with my abdominal muscles at the same time and voila ! My heart instantly stopped pounding so insanely hard. I can’t even feel it anymore. My pulse is still pretty fast, but that horrible, super- hard POUNDING stopped immediately. Trying to slow down my breathing NEVER works, only this technique ever has so far. It doesn’t always work but when does, it’s instant and like magic. This makes me think there is more than just anxiety play here and that my vagal nerve is triggering many of my symptoms… But why??

    • Sorry to hear that you had a rough night! But I am glad that some of the techniques listed above were helpful. I wish we knew more about the vagal nerve too, but it pretty much runs through out our body so it is hard to pinpoint where the aggravation is. One thing I have found helpful is to start a log/journal of possible triggers that I run through in times of increased heart palpitations. For example, did I just eat a big meal? Have I been eating unhealthy foods? What foods have I been eating lately? How is my posture? Have I been sitting or standing in an awkward position? Am I anxious about something? How many hours of sleep did I get? etc… That way, when I start having a bad episode of heart palpitations, I can quickly attribute it to some previous behavior or mental state. I find it helps calm me down. I hope it does for you too. If you come across anything helpful in your journey, be sure to come back and let us know. All the best!

      • Thanks a lot for your reply. And thank you also for this blog, I first ran across it over a year ago when I was waking up every morning with uncontrollable palpitations and would never have learned this tip if it weren’t for you. I searched Google and found your blog again after remembering and using the technique successfully again and guess I was just curious about why it works so well and whether, since the vagal nerve is obviously part of the problem, there might be some way of addressing this directly… Or is vagal nerve dysfunction just another symptom of stress and anxiety and not something that can be investigated/treated in its own right?

        • I’m sitting in the dr parking lot again with palpitations I’m at my wits end. I’m trying not to think bad thoughts but I’m just not strong enough. I pray god helps me to not do anything foolish

          • Don’t let the palpitations win! Hang in there! Heart Palpitations are terrible and frightening. Trust me, I have been through the worst of it. But there is hope! I never thought I would find rest from the skips, but slowly they began to lessen and disappear the more I focused on other things and worked on my anxiety. Remember, for the vast majority of people heart palpitations are no more than a simple muscle twitch. Perfectly harmless. It’s only if you have been found to have heart disease or other serious medical issue that they COULD be an issue, but even those can be controlled with medicine. You are doing the right thing to go to the doctor (I went to my doctor, my cardiologist, and the ER more times I would like to admit). But if they say everything looks good then go in confidence! Don’t let your palpitations have power over you anymore. I will be praying for you. Hang in there!

        • There are a lot of different theories about the vagal nerve, but unfortunately I haven’t found anything like a medicine, supplement, or technique that directly “calms” the vagas nerve. Some people say that alkaline diets help calm the part of the nerve that runs through the stomach, some say fixing your posture helps, as does going to the chiropractor, yoga, prayer, meditation, acupuncture, etc… But I’ll take a look around and see if I find anything that may help.

  45. Praying and Valsalva Maneuver helps me recover in just 1 try. 🙂

  46. Up all night again with my racing heart. Good to see I’m not the only one. Been to the doc and the cardiologist..e.k.g’s are normal, echo was normal, even lost 15 pounds and continue to drop weight, changed my diet and do an hour of cardio, they still happen, and usually last for hours. I’m on cardio em 24 hour every day, but when my episodes start I take propranolol, lay back and put my feet up and wait. I find playing games on my phone or iPad helps distract me from stressing about them, because no matter how familiar with them I am, it’s almost always a panicked response when they get really bad, and yes, sometime you do wonder- am I going to have a heart attack?pass out? Die? Even though you lived through them before and you know it’s not likely. Very frustrating but it is good to see others dealing with the same issues.

  47. Hello all, Here goes. I am a 42 year old female. I had a tachycardia
    (heart beat extremely fast and doesn’t stop) when I was 35 (7 years
    ago). I had no symptoms before this first attack. Most do not survive.
    My husband revived me on our wedding anniversary, nice gift huh??.He
    said I turned every color of blue and purple.
    Anyway, was in the
    hospital for over a week, they could not find anything. They sent me to a
    cardiologist (again, I had no physical health problems at this time
    what-so-ever). He couldn’t understand what would make my heart stop or
    to say sudden death. Finally, he recommended an ELECTROPHYSIOLOGIST
    (spelled wrong, I am sure). This is a doctor whom takes care of the
    electrical part of the heart. This is the top of the line doctor for
    any type of palps, etc. He did a tilt table test, which is just a heart
    monitor and you are put in different direction to make anything come on.
    No pain at all. After being in the hospital they put me on several
    different meds, and I mean tons. The doctor took me off all of them
    accept for cholesterol which was high, and toprol which helps to control
    heart rate and blood pressure. I was given heart monitors, 24 hour, 30
    day etc. He decided to do a heart ablation. They will go up your
    groan (top of both thighs) with small metal rods and click on all the so
    called lines that you have from your brain to your heart. If they find
    something they will ablaze it, or to say burn it so the brain no longer
    sends the signal. It is not guaranteed but has over a 90 percent cure
    rate, which is great. It is not invasive. The only thing is that you
    are given adrenalin to see what your heart will do. I did not like that
    feeling. You feel like super jittery, like you drank coffee all day,
    10xs worse. The surgery takes 4 hours and can last up to 14 hours. I
    had this done. Mine took 7 hours and made most of the condition go away.
    the small incision where they put the rod heals in about 2 weeks. All
    you feel is tender and advil, or tylenol cures it.
    I do still get
    palps. till this day. They have been coming on worse. The doctor whom
    did my ablation told me sometimes the operation will only last 7 years,
    as the heart will actually grow that line back. or if it was not burnt
    all the way, etc. I do notice my palps do come on stronger and more
    rapidly when stress is at hand. Coughing does work sometimes, try it.
    Drinking water absolutely helps. bathroom definitely too. When your in
    bed don’t lay on your left-side or try to change positions. Check your
    glucose level as well if its over 100 without eating this could be a
    cause, the same with caffeine, and salt. 7 years of this you learn what
    you can and shouldn’t do. Everybody is different. I am now on another
    30 day monitor, I am trying to talk my new electrophysiologist to do
    another ablasion (my old one whom was GREAT, moved). He was a very
    attentive doctor. This doctor is a bit laid back. He said since I am
    only getting single palps. it would probably be impossible to find at
    this point. My other doctor said by the time I was in my 60s I would
    probably need a pace maker, so you may want to keep that in the back of
    your mind. also stay away from chinese food. Oh my god, it causes me to
    have palps. all the time. MSG is the worse for this condition. No soy
    sauce. I do drink a couple of regular coffee in the morning and decaf
    at night. Whether I drink it or not, doesn’t change it. If my arms get
    too cold it can bring it on. I now have a stent as well in my
    subclavian artery, this sent blood-flow to my left arm, had no pulse. It
    is all connected. I also have had every test done, and all negative. I
    have been told the palps. are all benign. What you are actually feeling
    is double beats, not skipped beats. Which makes me feel better, if
    that sounds stupid. The only concern I have is if this causing stress
    on the heart muscles. My heart rate as well is normally 90-100 bpm. I
    also have a blood pressure machine, which helps, as you will notice it
    to be normal during these episodes. I also will take a xanax if my
    anxiety worsens and to be honest it helps to stop the episodes. If
    anyone has any questions you can email me at thehumphreys123@yahoo.com.
    I can do my best to help. I also stay close to GOD. This helps the
    most. Putting your mind on the positive and staying close to him. I
    also try to find healing masses, prayers etc. He promised to heal us all
    in full future tense (in the bible). People are getting cured of
    cancer, tumors etc. I am sure he is listening to all of us. God Bless.
    and hope this helps. April

    • I have concerns about this post – To say that most do not survive tachycardia is erroneous and frightful. Please review the entire post and edit/delete.

  48. This page was really the most helpful for me out of all the ones I read. Some techniques I knew already,but there were a few good one’s I tried with success. Thank you!

  49. Remedy for onset of arythmia episode: Seated, tilt the head forward, chin to adam’s apple ( mouth closed tightly). Streaching the cervical spine tight, using both hands, place fingers on both sides of the cervical spine, 2 verdibrae down and press in until it kinda hurts, keeping chin tight to adams apple. Count to 30.
    Longer if necessary…..should do the trick. Works for me… I just kind of discovered it by trying all kinds of stuff.

  50. I tried the blowing up the balloon trick and it immediately lowered my heart rate which was at 100 beats a minute whilst resting so thank you for the tip.

  51. its simply the cause of anxiety or you are tired . . calm your self and relax dont think that your gonna die no! . . its just a heart palpitation . . take a deep breath and calm your self. . .

    • it will just go away. . . be brave . . your not gonna die . .

      • Hi Paul. Just read you post and it really helped in calming me down. My palpitations are a result of severe anxiety. I will try to relax more and worry less about dying lol,i guess worrying about death is what makes it worse. God bless you sir.

  52. Ive had palpitations for over 23 years and every year theyve gotten worse. My stress got worse too so I blame it on that but I wanted to share with you guys that I tried EVERYTHING and the only things that have worked for me were ANTIDEPRESSANTS, took them for 10 years and I stopped because of fear of addiction, and over the counter anti inflammatories (ALEVE). I dont know why these work but then again they seem to relax me and take the stiffness in my body away… So I also have a stiff, weak neck that hurts ALL THE TIME, and these two take ALL that away and I feel comfortable and calm when I take either or.

    • Thanks for sharing your story. I am really sorry to hear that you have had to suffer with heart palpitations for 23 years. I’m glad you have found something that helps somewhat. I don’t know much about antidepressants, but I wonder if the root cause is anxiety and medicine like that simply helps you relax. I’ve heard that when the vagus nerve is inflamed it can cause palpitations as well, so maybe that is why the Aleve helps. Have you tried natural antidepressants?

  53. So I’m sitting here, its 4:38am (UK time), and I can feel my heart pounding annoyingly with, of course, the occasional palp happening. I really just want to get to sleep. I feel light headed, exhausted, sweaty, nervous and annoyed. Already rung my dad’s phone twice (he’s in the next room) in panic but he’s asleep and it’s unfair on him, he’s probably going to rush in at 7.30 when his alarm goes off to see what’s up. I’m at about 55/65bpm right now so no need to worry about that, it’s just the anxiety.

    So five or so years ago when I was I went to the ER after feeling very weird with what I was told was palpitations. Next couple of months I got so many tests – ECG’s, a 24 hour ECG and an ultrasound on my heart to check the structure – all fine, wasn’t diagnosed with anything or given meds or anything.

    Recently though, like the last couple of weeks, I’ve been feeling very “conscious” of my heart, if that makes sense? Like just neurotically measuring it and feeling my pulse to see if I’m okay, which has now culminated into me being awake at this time unable to sleep, feeling like an idiot. I’m 99% sure it’s stress and anxiety. I’m able to control my bmp quite well and its fortunately not racing, but just feels weird and too strong (the anxiety) with occasional, horrible, palps.

    Reading through these comments has made me feel mildly better but I just don’t know if/when I’ll be able to sleep, and also, I don’t know whether to go to a doctor or a psychotherapist? or both? I would love some advice, I go back to university on the 13th and want to get a handle on this before I go otherwise I won’t be able to function.

    I feel so terrible right now 🙁

    • *five or so years ago when I was 15/16 (20 y/o right now)

      • Jamie, thanks for sharing your story! Really sorry to hear you have had a rough go with your heart palpitations, especially when you are trying to sleep. I know it can be maddening. I have spend long nights feeling each heartbeat, each palpitation. It was horrible. I don’t think there is any harm in going to see a doctor or psychotherapist, especially if you feel like your symptoms are getting worse or you cannot control your anxiety (I have certainly felt like that before). I went back to my doctor and cardiologist a number of times until I finally got it in my head that my heart palpitations were harmless. But if your doctors have already told you that they were harmless and benign (and it sounds like they have) then go in confidence. Focus on managing your anxiety through exercising (doctor permitting), deep breathing exercises, healthy eating, eliminating stimulants, prayer and meditation, naps, etc. I personally believe that once we experience benign palpitations and focus on them they quickly become a habit. So every time we experience stress of any kind (fear, anxiety, big meals, heavy workouts, etc) it becomes our body’s response. The key is changing our habits. I hope that helps a little. I wish you all the best with your heart palpitations. If you have any other questions or if you find tips or tricks that help you manage your palpitations be sure to let us know!

  54. I am so over these palpitations this last week. I have had palps for over 20 years and this bout this week has sent me yo the ER already and I have an appointment with the cardiologist. But, answer me this…how is it that while reading these posts here om your blog and while typing my post, ZERO palpitations. The mind truly is a ridiculously powerful thing! Thanks so much for a great blog! I am happy to have stumbled upon it and will refer to it frequently! 🙂

    • Thanks Amy! Sorry to hear you had to make a run to the ER. I hope your cardiologies appointment goes well and everything comes back normal. Our minds are amazingly powerful. It is a good reminder to continually rest them and fill them with positive thoughts and truth (rather than be controlled by fear and anxiety). I wish you all the best. Thanks again for sharing your story! Keep us posted on how things go.

  55. Ella Mae franjas April 21, 2014 at 8:26 am

    When I try to sleep past midnight my heartbeat gets fast and all of asudden I black out, I haven’t sleep for the past 2 days. If you had experience this, can you help me…….I really want to get over with this, it’s really hard for me to sleep

    • Ella, I am really sorry to hear about your heart and sleep issues. I have never experienced anything like what you describe, so the best thing I can advise you to do is get checked out by a doctor or even better a cardiologist. If you have to, go to the ER and let someone there take a listen or look at your heart. It could be related to anxiety but you first need to rule out anything serious, so I would get it checked out as soon as possible. I hope you feel better soon!

  56. Thank you for sharing your research. I am a 20 year old girl who goes to sleep with palpitations, wakes up with them and lives with them. I absolutely hate them. I am doing anything in my power to get rid of them. I am researching constantly and am making changes to my life to keep it as stress free as possible. I have looked into Buddhism and meditation which as really helped. I am currently attending cognitive behavioural therapy and am practicing how to understand my thought process. The triggers of negative thoughts which ultimately lead to anxiety. I have trouble sleeping. Sometimes I sleep for too long and sometimes I can barely sleep. Sometimes I try to make myself sleep longer so that I don’t have to face anxiety. What I want to say is that life is a blessing and as humans we are capable of doing miraculous things and reaching achievements we once thought were impossible. Those who are suffering anxiety – we can do it. We can control it. We can manage it. We can eliminate it. Sometimes I try to pretend I’m having a battle with the devil, me being me and anxiety being the devil. I always make sure I beat it down and eliminate it. It’s me vs the devil and I won’t let it win. Anxiety is minor compared to our abilities and we sometimes forget this. The human mind is great enough to overcome anxiety. In addition to this we have great people in the world that share their stories and their inspirations, helping us feel more like a close-knit community. This is a beautiful thing. We can relate to each other and with our findings and inspirations to one another.

    • Luciana, thank you so much for sharing your story! Your words are very encouraging and I know others who struggle with anxiety will find them helpful as well. I agree with you that our minds are incredibly powerful. I think it is great that you are dealing with your anxiety head on. In my opinion, it is the best way to go about it. I wish you all the best, be sure to let us know how everything is going, especially the cognitive behavioral therapy which sounds really interesting.

  57. Before spending a dime with a Cardiologist or Electrophysiologist This helped my constant heart arrhythmia stop. Magnesium Malate 1250mg. The doctors wanted to do all this testing, holter device ect.. They even talked about surgery. I started with 3 in the morning and 3 in the evening for a couple of weeks at first, then brought it down to just 3 in the evening..

  58. OMG thank you! Been having palpitations for a week but not now, I did 1 and 4. Heres hoping it sticks.

  59. thank you for your great advice, it helped me a lot. i had an argument with a friend and after that thought i was dying. I had dvt 6 month ago, so always a little worried. feeling much better now

  60. This is a great post. This past week has been completely miserable for me primarily for the fear of having and anxiety attack. It all began two Fridays ago when my doctor wanted me to get a HB scan (checks your gallbladder). I was a nervous wreck. She also said I have anxiety and prescribed me escitalopram. I didn’t start taking the medicine until that following Sunday. I had a panic attack at work and cried. Crying helped because it made the chest pains pretty much go away. Well I had my HB scan on Tuesday. I was a nervous wreck because I am afraid of needles and am closterphobic. This is a two hour long test where I have to lay still for the duration of the test. I panicked of course. Pulled myself together somehow and did the test. Went home tired and weak. That night I had a panic attack and freaked out. I called my doctor and he prescribed me hydrooxyzine to calm my nerves. Well I took two and they make you sleepy. I woke up the next day and thought “I cannot deal with this anymore!” So my husband took me to the ER cause I was scared. They said I was experiencing an anxiety attack and they gave me 1 mg of lorazepam. So I scheduled an appointment that day with my doctor. She prescribed me the lorazepam, only 10, .5 mg. Well I got time approved off from work this week so I spent three nights with my aunt. This helped. I came home today and that, I think, threw me into the palpitations and panic. I told my husband my fear in my mind is fear that this won’t go away and I won’t be able to control it. This blog helped because I read almost every comment and am relieved that others are on the same boat and I’m not alone. I am lost my appetite and have had such a nervous issue it’s affected my bowel movements. I am relieved now because the palpitations have passed! Thanks for the advice 🙂 I rather do natural remedies rather than reaching for the medicine I was prescribed to take if I cannot control it.

    • Thank you for sharing your story with us! I am so sorry that you have had such a hard time with palpitations and anxiety, but I’m glad you found this post helpful and that you found a little relief. You are certainly not alone! Know that you can overcome anxiety and manage your heart palpitations. It can take time, but it is possible. I wish you all the best on your journey! Thanks again for sharing with us!

  61. I am also experiencing it while i talk to someone or when i am relaxed !! Seeing all this info calms me down from not thinking thats its dangerous !

  62. I have awful palps taking metroprolol for them but out today, lack of sleep is a huge trigger and being a mom of 4, yeah lack of sleep is nightly, been, oh, 7 years since I’ve slept longer than 2 hours a night. Sitting here now and tried all the above, got 4 hours until the kids go to bed and the palps bringing me to my knees, feeling it thumping away since I woke up this morning in my throat. Nothing helps, the cough helps for a few seconds I guess I’ll just cough the net 4 hours then go to bed lol. Thanks for your post, it does help!

    • Thank you for sharing your story. I am so sorry you are having a difficult time with your palps. Hang in there! Hopefully you will be able to get some rest soon!

    • Cut out Starbucks their espresso is loaded like 3-4 times the caffeine as most espresso blends as they use more cheaper grade beans robusto it’s why it tastes awful.

  63. Linda Lovelush May 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Glad to find this place.

    My palps started in my 20’s and I’m now 50. Still have them. I also have anxiety disorder, which just makes it worse. And lately the palps have been hitting me with more frequency. I’ll try these techniques.

    Because of my anxiety, I’m prescribed Ativan (lorazepam) and that definitely helps. But I don’t like taking it JUST for heart palpitations, I like to save my Ativan for anxiety attacks. But sometimes the palps become so annoying that I need one. It definitely works because it relaxes me and the palps go away for a while. But I can’t be taking those pills every time it happens, so I’ll try your techniques to see how they work.

    Thanks 🙂

  64. Oh my goodness! Found this page when trying to stop palpitations that I get now and again (anxiety related I think) and used the ‘blowing up a balloon into your fist’ and it worked! The cough didn’t but I’ll remember these tips, thank you!

  65. The cough is the tried and true winner for me.

  66. immortalheart June 14, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Thank you for the BIG help, i’ve been having heart palpitations for almost 3-4 months now, i brought myself to the emergency a couple of times ( 4-5 times) due to my high blood pressure and scary heart palpitations, by the way i can also hear my brain like beating ( i don’t know how to exactly explain it ) but when it’s quiet and i’m having my palpitations i can hear my brain beating plus my heart beating fast, so scared that my heart might give way 🙁 . Anyhow I tried the cough technique it did help. Thank you :).

    • Glad you found it helpful! Sorry you have had a difficult go with heart palpitations. I hate those times when I can feel every heart beat, especially when I have a headache. Every skip pounds in my chest and head. It’s miserable. But if you have been to the doctor and everyone says you are ok and you pass all the tests then do your best not to worry about it. Our minds are incredibly powerful, and anxiety and worry will only make everything worse. Thanks for sharing your story!

  67. I just found this page and thankful for it! I occasionally get a delayed or skipped heartbeat when I’m feeling bloated or my stomach is in distress (a fair amount of the time). I’m pretty sure it’s my Vagus nerve causing this mild arrhythmia as just this morning I experienced it- breathing in deeply I could stop my heartbeat and overall it felt kind of ‘fluttery’. No pain or other weird symptoms…strange stuff. The holding nose and mouth closed thing seems to be most effective for me.

    • Glad you found it helpful!

      • I have had palpitations all my life since I was a kid. I was diagnosed with PVC’s and Palpitations when I was 22. I believe the PVC’s and palpitations caused me to end up with panic attacks. Lately I have been going to be and waking up with palpitations and paused heart beats, this is freaking me out. I take cardizem for the pvc’s and it doesn’t help, but I would rather take something to prevent more heart problems.
        My doctor said on my last stress test that I was throwing pvc’s every minute or two but it was fine, they are benign.
        Its the paused heart beats that are freaking me out now. What does that mean? Why do I have to wake up with paused heart beats? I’m letting these symptoms disrupt my daily life, Its a morbid lifestyle to live this way but I don’t know what to do anymore.

  68. Blowing like blowing a balloon worked instantly! Thanks! Heart palpitations don’t hurt but they’re so annoying!

  69. I am so glad to find this post. I am 24 and I feel like the palpatations are controlling my life. I can’t help but be scared even after a thorough check up. My heart is fine and the palpatations are benign. I feel very alone and finding this helps a lot. Thank you all for sharing your stories!

  70. I find it strange but my palpitations happen when i breath out! never otherwise, and for a very short time, like 2. breathes or 3.

  71. Thank you for posting this. I will try one or all of these and see which one works. At least I know this is here if I every forget what to do.

  72. I’m a 20 year old who has had palpitations ever since I was 18 years old. These fits of mine usually last between an hour and I’m not sure if that’s normal. I can’t sleep at night at all and it just raises my anxiety levels. I’ve tried all of these and it seems as if it makes these palpitations worse.

  73. im going to see if this is going to work

  74. I have these too any they cause me to have panic attacks. I have thyroiditis. I also have low potassium my Dr says.

  75. wow!! 😀 it’s working 😀

  76. Varsava maneuver leads to blackout! avoid that.
    (Is used a lot in stupid fainting games)

  77. There is a name to what you all are speaking about. It is called senorymotor obsession. There is a technique called ERP (exposure and ritual prevention) that is used to help people like us to deal with the fears and anxiety the obsession (the palpitations) and the compulsion (taking your pulse) create.

  78. before i start off before all this happend i suffered panic attaicks and anxiety so this all started 6 years ago..i was a 22 yr old male.
    i bowled in a lbowling eague and every once in a while when i threw the ball fast my heart would start going crazy..this normally only lasted a min or so before it just “stopped” almost instantly and went back to normal, except this one time it wouldnt stop..as almost anyone uneducated about what was going on i thought i was having a heart attack.

    went to er, waited and waited to be seen, meanwhile heart still thumping weird and fast…so i get to see a doc and at that point i start ti freak out even more because not a fan of hospitals as it is. first they gave me some ativan to calm be down..didnt work, then they gave me these needles (not sure what it was) but it made my body go numb for a few seconds, that didnt work either…so eventually they shocked my heartrate back to normal.

    they say this isnt harmful what had happend, but to me it has scarred my for life i think 🙁

    i was sent to a cardio doc who sent me for ekg (prob have had about 3 done in this time) stress test, ultrasound…all which came back normal.

    he says i have atrial tachycardia and its nothing to worry about and that i could do anything full force if needed.

    however 6 years later i still fear of going thru that again…i never in my life thought i was about to die as much as i did that night.

    the words atrial tachycardia scare me so much to this day even though they say its nothing..just the thought of having somethign wrong with me worries me so much.

    sorry for rambling but you seem very smart on the subject and could just use some insight from others who have similar stories…your site has taught me somethings that have helped a lot.

  79. mineral_water_solution August 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I believe I have solved my heart palpitation problem. I have had minor palpitations off and on throughout my life (and minor muscle twitches), but when I moved to my new home in Norway, they increased. Every time I left Norway, they almost disappeared, and every time I came back, they reappeared.

    I discovered that the tap water in my Norwegian town is soft and very alkaline (pH 8.7). I started drinking only bottled mineral water, and my heart palpitations almost completely disappeared overnight!

    If I understand it correctly, if your drinking water is soft (few minerals) or alkaline (or both), then the magnesium, potassium (and probably other key minerals?) in your body (positive ions) get depleted. These are key minerals that prevent heart palpitations and other general muscle twitches/spasms. As I drink mineral water, my other muscle spasms have also decreased.

  80. ive had these palpitations for almost 15 yrs.when it 1st happened,i saw every doctor i could,wore the halter severals time,ekg,songogram,.everything.i make sure to get checked every 2 yrs or so.i hate them,im going through a patch now,so i thought i would do a search,i did i found this very helpful thank you.

  81. I have struggled with heart palpitations for about 4 years now. They all started when I found out I had Mitral Valve Prolapse and this diagnosis made my anxiety soar. Over the years, I have learned how to deal with the palpitations. They come and go and after going without them for a while, I forget and struggle all over again when they rear their ugly head.
    I am now 6 months pregnant and they have come back with a vengeance. For the past week, I have been up all night with skips and pauses. No matter how many times I tell myself they are benign and can’t harm me, they still get to me. I too, am a Christian and believe in the healing of God, but unfortunately fear has gripped me. I have prayed and prayed for deliverance, but it still haunts me every day. I know I shouldn’t be this way, but it just happens.
    At this point, I am just taking one day at a time and trying to take care of myself. I have an appt with my cardiologist next week, so I am hoping for good news. He usually does an ECHO, stress test, and has me wear a holter monitor. My results have always come back normal (aside from the MVP).
    Prayers would be appreciated and I am glad I found this page, it has helped to calm me a bit. Blessings to all.

  82. I used to suffer from nocturnal anxiety for several, agonising years (too many thoughts that won’t go away, breathing out of sync, palpitations, tingly feelings and even chest pains etc) I would think I was going to die. Here’s what cured me. 1) Go to bed at least 2 hours before midnight. 2) Decaf tea or coffee after 5pm. 3) No PC or anything that will hyper-stimulate the brain at least one hour before bed. Reading is fine. 4) No News programs after 6pm and don’t watch anything remotely violent or disturbing. 5) I take 5HTP twice a day but with a break twice a week. This stuff is amazing. It has also helped to deal with my ADHD symptoms (adrenaline disorder and stingy chest pains). 6) Very slow deep breathing then breathing out slowly as though through a straw about 5 times. I hope this helps others as much as it has helped me.

  83. Hi all I used some of the techniques yesterday and they helped thank you. I would seriously suggest to anyone that gets palpitations to get yourself checked out. I have a heart condition…I need my aortic valve replaced this is the reason why I get palpitations (gene runs in my family) I’m waiting for a date for my heart operation. I’ve had Palpitations for about 5 yrs. At first now very often and more so in the last 5 months. I didnt know I had a problem untill in April I had a very bad dose of the flue and a serious cough 24/7. I wanted something for the cough as I was so weak from coughing all the time was two weeks off work. My Dr sent me to our local hospital for bloods and a chest xray. From that they found my heart problem. So on a serious note keep in mind heart palpitations are there for a reasons it could be a serious one, It could be just on exertion at first, but may occur at rest if it is more severe.Tiredness, dizziness or episodes of fainting.
    Abnormal heart rhythms which can cause palpitations and other problems.
    Swelling of tissues due to fluid congestion.swelling of the ankles and feet
    Chest pain or angina.being out of breath, If you have any or all of these you could have a heart problem/condition. Not saying you have saying its a maybe. Trying to get rid of it and not finding out the root of the problem could end up serious like mine. I know what my limits are and when to go to the Dr’s hospital A & E during this waiting period for my op. Not trying to scare everyone just make you aware you dont have to have serious chest pains to have a heart problem. So people have no signs or only one or two palpitations being one of them. Take care keep on ticking 🙂

  84. Thanks for this blog. I have had palpitations for several years now on and off. I was wondering if anyone else experiences dizziness during the pause?

    • Hey Lynda, thanks for your comment. Sorry you have had to deal with palpitations for the last few years. I have definitely had times where I felt dizzy during palpitations (not always, but occasionally) but my doctors thought it was because of the anxiety. However, dizziness can also be a sign of a more serious problem, so be sure to get it checked out just in case.

      • Thanks Tom, I have an appointment with my heart doctor tomorrow so I will be sure to tell him about the dizziness. Thanks for the quick response.

  85. I am a 47 year old female and have been living with PVC’s since I was in high school. I was a runner and would get them after running for several miles in competition. They didn’t start back up until after my first child was about two. Cut out caffeine then and began to subside a bit. Five years later they returned during pregnancy. Once again subsided for several years. Since then at about age 33, I have had every test, saw many doctors and several ER trips. was put on anti anxiety meds (Xanax), beta blockers (atenolol), and acid reduction meds( nexium). no alcohol and no caffeine and was told not to exercise. For years I lived with taking those meds ( the anti anxiety pill, I was given 12 and took two years to take them all). Our home had a water filtration system that used sodium to soften. After reading a book on dehydration and the need for pure water, I stopped drinking tap/faucet water. It has been seven years since I have taken any meds and have been palpitation free. Last night they came back with a vengeance. I have noticed that when small episodes came, it was due to stomach illness.( the palps would be relieved with bowel movements) I am still having them 15hrs later with only a couple of hours sleep so far. I did have some stomach flu symptoms along with these and hoping that is why these are so busy. The information on this site have come a long way since I was looking for relief all those years ago. They have reminded me and helped me to calm down and realize this too shall pass. Thank you. Just a note to my diet: I do not drink soda, caffeine, or smoke. I have been known to enjoy a beer once or twice a year with no reaction. I also try to eat healthy (we raise all our own meat) and eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies. I don’t eat out more than a few times a month and try to stay away from processed foods. I have noticed that these stomach issues are associated with straying from my food lifestyle when I am pressed for time. I hope all this is helpful to others as they have been helpful to me during this episode. God Bless and Live On!

  86. Hello!! I’m 25 and have been dealing with heart palpitations for many years. My palpitations are not just flutters in the chess, or high heart rates. It’s literally like my heart was shocked, and the wind is knocked out of me. Does anyone else experience this? The doctors yet have been able to identity what kind they are because they haven’t been able to pick it up on any ECG’s machines. The next step is where a event monitor to see if they can pick it up. Anyway. The cardiologist seems to think nothing it wrong with me. My heart is healthy and free of diseases; however I think differently. She wants to be on a Beta blocker to see if that helps my palpitations, but I don’t feel okay in doing that. Another option is anxiety medicine, since I do suffer from anxiety and can’t determined if they are caused my the palpitations. I”m thinking about trying the anxiety just to see if it will help. I can’t deal with these palpitations anymore. They are getting the best of me and it’s pretty frightening. Has anyone found that anxiety is the trigger for the palpitations and medicine for anxiety completely takes the palpitations away??

    Thanks again!! I love that I found this blog!

  87. I have tried you suggestions and it work!thanks

  88. I have tried you suggestions and it work!thanks

  89. IM feeling better now… nice one.

  90. I have had rapid heartbeats for a few weeks, on and off, due I think to taking medication (Amitriptyline) for depression. Doctor told me to stop taking these tablets but my palpatations got worse one night and I felt faint. So I started taking the tablets again and my heart rate slowed back down again. My doctor now says I have to come off them slowly and after a week without them (he should be so lucky) I can start taking another type of medication called Clonipramine (oh heck might be the same as the others). Anyway, have tried this bearing down exrercise. My heart made a bit of a jump and then slowed down to something a bit more normal, hooray. Doctor said drinking cold water might help my fast heart beats! So, thanks for this info on the website – appreciate it.

  91. I suffer from SVT (Supra Ventricular Tachycardia) which isn’t serious, just very annoying. I used to get it randomly and severely, to a point where I’d almost black out, but then I started seeing a Naturopath who helped changed me diet and put me on supplements. It definitely helped, though I still get them, just not as frequently and severely.
    I personally find the best way to stop mine is by sitting on the ground with back up against a wall, head between knees and eyes closed. I focus a lot on my breathing; slowing it down and keeping it steady while ignoring the hammering of my chest. In my mind I repeat to myself “Slow down..” and eventually it will go back to it’s normal rhythm. A lot of the time I find it easier to stop when it’s at it’s worse (beating extremely hard and quick). I’m not sure why that is. It’s like you build it up and then pop it back into normal gear.

    If you can mentally calm yourself down and imagine your heart beating normally again, it should be enough to stop it.

    I also learned the hard way that laying down is a BIG no no! Not sure if this is the same for everyone else? I tried lying down once, and when I thought it had stopped I stood back up. And then out of nowhere my heart started beating extremely rapidly and heavily against my chest. My shoulders and neck started aching and burning, my heart was beating so badly against my chest that I was quite breathless and my throat felt clogged up. I lost a bit of vision and almost passed out (and I have never fainted in my life). I eventually went to sit down and it took about 2 hours to stop. It was awful. But thankfully that was the worst I’ve had!

    • Have you tried coughing right when it starts? I also finally have been diagnosed with SVT since the symtoms make sense… right when my heart starts going fast, I cough real hard once or twice and most of the time it won’t spiral out of control… if I can I may take a half or Lorazepan just to calm my system but not fall asleep or anything…. but have also discovered not to fight it. For years it was diagnosed as panic attacks and I found it weird that I could actually eventually stop a panic attack with a cough??? I think I developped panic attacks yes… it is pretty freaky to have your heart randomly go that fast for 10 years with tons of doctors telling you nothing is wrong! Now, when is starts, I cannot even let it come on fully… my body instinctively will cough… sounds crazy but it is true!

  92. It is actually very reassuring to read that other people suffer from this, though I wish no one would have to.

    I suffer a lot from palpitations. Once I had em all the time, hard, knocked the air out of me. Panicked, called an ambulance, and they monitored my heart. They could see the palpitations, but they couldn’t understand that I felt them so clearly. I got examined at the hospital, with the answer, there is nothing wrong. I have also been to a cardiologist, got all the checks, nothing wrong…

    It is very frustrating that something so scary, so hurtfull can be nothing, because we all feel it a lot.

    I have a tendency to hyperventilate which causes a lot of disturbances in the body, including also amplifying anxiety and there by increasing palpitations. But it can be hard to stop hyperventilation, when you can’t fell it sneaking up.

    Have anyone else tried, that when they do the Vasala maneuver they get bright spots before their eyes??

  93. Hi there, reading through these are making me feel so much better that I am not alone in this, I had my first “panic attack” June 13 2014 and it led me to the ER, I have always been an anxious person but never felt like I was going to die (which happened that night) I was eating and suddenly felt like I couldn’t swallow which let me to think that I wasn’t getting any air in and of course BAM full on heart racing panic, I was dizzy and could hardly speak, felt like someone was taking my breath away. At the ER they gave me an Ativan and did a workup and I was fine.. I do see a therapist but these are still happening, we went on a 2 hour trip yesterday and my worry was that something was going to happen and I wouldn’t be able to get to a hospital fast enough 🙁 I hate thinking like that!! Cold water on my face does help and typically talking to myself saying “we are fine, and we aren’t going to panic” helps talk myself out if it, I am actually thinking of buying a little pulse ox monitor just for peace of mind.. Any other tips would be appreciated, thank you!

  94. I love you so much for posting this information and comments. I have had serious palpitations and bounding pulse since my last gluten detox (I have celiac sprue). It’s my fault for having coffee and tea. It goes away when I fall asleep. But up until May this year I could consume a lot of coffee with no side effects. I have super low blood pressure because of my active lifestyle and heart tests reveal nothing. I thank you so much for your reassurances. You’ve said just the right thing to make me feel better.

  95. exercise works best for me, sometimes I do it right before bed even though it’s not recommended for overall health, but it seems to work great for my palpa tations

  96. I’ve had awful palps the last 3 days & nights making it difficult to sleep. Trying the blow the ballon a couple times & actually seems to help. Going to take some aminos, also grape seed extract helps I always had nose bleeds & really helps with that. For the mediation I get Howard Glenn on my phone the heal your body is great. & once you pay the $3 u can use it over & over. Use earphones which cut out someone else’s snoring too HA but thanks for the information it seems to help I just might sleep tonight. Candie NE CO USA.

  97. I have been palpitating for the past 4month. And I have try the 6 way out but is like not to work for me . How can you help me.

  98. I would also recommend revisiting the effects inherent in performing the Valsalva Maneuver as it is important that an individual not have contraindications to it. It is physiologically powerful.

  99. Wow.. it is comforting to know I’m not alone because I was convinced the ER doctor was wrong. I just turned 33 and had a horrible night of palpitations a few nights ago and they have not stopped at all- actually I think they got worse! So anyway, I took out my stethoscope (I’m a nurse but no nothing in cardiology) and freaked myself out. I had my husband listen and he convinced me to get checked out. Still in denial, I went to an urgent care clinic to get an EKG and it was perfect and they were going to let me go on my merry way… I told the doctor, no, you need to listen to this and they did. From there, they told me to go to the ER immediately for more testing. 3 hrs later, I was told they are benign heart palpitations and was prescribed anti-anxiety meds.. I really didn’t want them and even argued about it saying I didn’t think it was stress or anxiety. I mean, we all have this thing called “life” and we all deal with small stressors daily so why now? I haven’t had anything big happen since Feb when I was behind a fatal car accident (but not involved). I saw a therapist for it and thought that was that. Anyway, I’m not excited to hear they haven’t gone away for some people. I am a light sleeper and a “worrier” by nature. Last night, I realized I didn’t have a white dress shirt my 4 year old needed for his field trip and that sent my heart into a crazy episode. So this is worrisome in itself knowing that even something small as a shirt or what to make for dinner will cause these for me. I’m still going to go to a cardiologist to make sure the ER doctor was correct and then I will “let it go” like you all have suggested. I can feel an extra beat every 2-4 “normal” beats and they seem to get worse when I breath out! Has anyone out there (probably directed at women but I know husbands/boyfriends read this too) noticed that birth control pills caused these to get better or worse due to hormones?

    • Tanya, I have had non stop palpitations for 2 weeks now. Just like you mentioned, every 3rd or 4th beat skips. I have been to my cardiologist that did an EKG, told me to increase my toprol, and told me he would see me in a YEAR, AS my heart continued to skip away in his office! I am going to my OBGYN today to see if this could be hormone related and if birth control is recommended or not. I am 35 and haven’t been on birth control since I was 24. Hopefully, I will get some answers. I constantly read that this is hormone related but no one suggests how or why or what to do? I will keep in touch. Thanks for sharing.

  100. Believe it or not this strange phenomenon know as the heart palpitation has not really been extensively researched. The reason is because the overwhelming majority of cases result in little to no consequence. And let’s just face it the diseases responsible for hundreds and thousands of deaths get most of the attention. Now that’s not to say it’s never the result of a more serious matter but if you look at the statistics they truly are overwhelmingly in favor of the benign palpitation. All I can say is try and seek out something that works for you. I say this because most visits to the doctor result in a ECG and maybe wearing a little gadget on your side for a week or so for you to return to the doctor and them tell you there is nothing wrong with you. Your having benign heart palpitations here are some beta blockers or anti anxiety medication which you will ultimately find to be hit and miss as well. The reason for this is because the doctors and specialists don’t really know why people develope this condition and don’t currently have a sure fire fix for the condition. So try as many safe remedies as you can there is a good chance at some point you will find something that works for you.

  101. I am so glad to find this website also!! The techniques have helped me immediately. Relief, thank God! I don’t like lying around but with palpitations zapping my strength, I have no choice. I believe that genetically modified foods is one of the culprits. Also I noticed that the bacteria from onions after being cut and not used until later, triggers my attacks. (Also soy sauce, msg, salt, and sometimes caffeine. I believe it is allergy (or tolerance), related possibly. One friend said that she had a cyst on her thyroid that was not detected by blood tests that caused her attacks. She had the cyst removed and no longer has palpitations. Go figure. I too believe in the power of prayer!! God bless you and thank you.

  102. Whenever I have palpitations I lie down and they go away immediately; otherwise they just keep going… not sure for how long as I always lie down, no matter where I am.

  103. I will never try to blow through my hands ever again that made my heart palps go through the roof i was so scared had to take a diazapam

  104. I cannot believe I found a site like this. I am so glad that I did. The doctor and my specialist have both insisted that I have a really bad case of anxiety because what started out as headaches and proceeded to chest discomfort (which persists in the middle of the chest but is never a hurtful pain) has now progressed to these palpitations that many of you describe and I feel awful about it which is probably making it worse. I have a combination of paxil and coversyl 10mg daily for high bp and have the bp stabilised now at around 124/70 most of the time but the palps have persisted for most days for about 3 weeks now and are horrible. I am positive as I can be, but because i never had this before I feel horrible and it makes it worse. I feel like the paxil and coversyl combo are perhaps causing this but the Doctor and Cardio won’t even consider this option. My rhr is about 65-75 every time i check on my bp monitor but I get the irregular heart beat sign now quite often when I check during the palps, but have been told that it can happen, and is normal for people to have these things happen. I also feel like maybe now I am on too much coversyl – 5mg in the morning and 5mg in the night but the Doc just says to continue with it. I feel horrible as 3 months ago i was doing cardio every day and lifting moderate weight twice a week and everything seemed great. Never smoke, hardly ever drank alcohol apart from the odd beer now and then, and here I am. I am 38 male with two baby boys and I am now in a position where I feel that things aren’t getting better for me but i am praying they get better and really feel for everyone in a similar situation.

  105. I am happy reading all post knowing that am not alone, I have had heart palpitations 17years before now it comes and before 30minutes it will leave me, but time past it starts staying longer, I have go to the hospital they carry out many test on me and find nothing but now am in the process of divorce and my ex husband threaten me tht I shld come back to him, so am having this palpitations regular and I cant sleep at night, although wht work for me is prayers and cold shower even if the room was cold I will not feel cold and I will feel like going to toilet before I get to the toilet I will feel shortness of breath but once I use the toilet it will disappear, but the feeling is bad and am scared, thank you all,

    • Its good to hear from you ng. I guess we just have to believe things will get better. Its amazing how many of us are suffering from such heart issues. I was exercising before every day and now I am frightened to do so. I have had tests, and had an event monitor and was told I have extra beats and on top of that i get discomfort in the middle of the chest most of the day. I was told that the major cause of all this STRESS and ANXIETY but i find it hard to accept at times because it really does ruin your days and nights. I sleep with earplugs and on top of two pillows just so i can’t hear my pulse so i can fall asleep somehow. I have also been told to try magnesium so I am starting that from today which on top of coversyl for high bp and aropax for the apparent anxiety with Lorazapam to help with the nights.

    • Hello, Ng…I went through a divorce four years ago. We lost our home and filed bankruptcy as well. It was a terrible year. Interestingly, it is lately that I have had the most palpitations. I can’t figure out why. I can also relate to your problem of not being able to sleep at night because my heart is flipping. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water but of course not too much. Water can wash out salt from our bodies. I hope you feel better! Carol

  106. Did anyone try magnesium tablets (200mg) or an EPSOM SALT BATH?

    • Hi Rich! I have never tried magnesium tablets for palpitations. I would imagine it’s best to ask a physician before beginning taking them? Do they work for you? Thank you for your feedback..Carol

    • I tried Magnesum. I got severe diarrhea. I later went to my doctor and the nurse said you have to be very careful when taking it. There are a lot of other things it can throw off. I would consult a physician before introducing a new vitamin into your daily regimen.

  107. Hey! I wanted to thank everyone for sharing their stories and what helps. I’ve had palpitations since my 20s. They’ve come and go ever since. Lately they have been everyday. Sometimes every beat or every other beat is different. Doctor in emergency room said they were extra beats and thought it was anxiety. I find that Benadryl works wonders. I take about two teaspoons when the palpitations start and approximately 30 mins later, the palpitations are gone. Benadryl works better for me than anti anxiety meds. Plus Benadryl is not addictive. I have had doctors say it is ok to take Benadryl for this problem. Palpitations are frightening and sometimes I wonder how anyone carries on with their day while their heart is beating strangely.

    • Carol, I guess at the end of the day, the medical practice knows too little to have anything close to a solution for us who suffer from such problems so we put up with it and in the best case scenario, we accept them as part of our lives or something like that. I know that they are hell on earth to live with and disrupt even the smallest of things such as conversations with other people. I know that doctors will say to think about something else when they occur because they happen a lot because of anxiety but it is such a problem when the anxiety fuels more anxiety. There are days where I just think that surely this must be it, and i will have some sort of attack or something fatal will happen. Yet I go on. I am currently trying magnesium so I hope that over time that will help. Being a nurse, and know a little more than I should, does not help. i wish I didn`t know anything about the human body in detail.

      • Hello, Choice! I have never read about magnesium as a possible cure. I do hope it works for you. I can relate to what you say about the heartbeats interrupting moments in our lives. It’s strange how the beats can go on for days and even weeks (or months) then be gone for awhile. What makes them stop out of the blue? I sure wish I could figure it out for my benefit as well as others. Carol

        • Hello there Carol and all of you coming here. I thought i would post the latest. Since starting the magnesium I have felt the palpitations ease up a little in that they occur a little less frequently. I am not sure whether its the actual magnesium or positive thinking and beginning to exercise again despite the palps, but they are not as bad as they were, though they still exist and interfere with everyday living. I have been told after numerous tests that I have PVCs and have been told by my doctor and specialist cardio that people get these all the time and basically to live with it. I am angry more than anything now that there is no magical cure or at least a proven explanation for this or some sort of proven treatment or whatever. I have been told that there are medications but they usually end up making things worse in the long run. I have stopped thinking that I will die because of this and have really been trying to think positively because I see there is no other choice as I want to live for my two young boys. I am trying. It is hard and i really do sympathise with you Carol and all others out there. This thing has been a nightmare. I still think that it is the meds that have caused this for me somehow but there is no way to prove this and I need my coversyl because originally my bp was very high and i had to get it down and I was already living actively with lots of exercise and what i thought was good nutritions – fruit and veg etc. I also take aropax for the anxiety that i had when all this began and continue to do so, so I am not sure which medication or if is a combination that caused all this but i am still convinced that this might be my problem. Anyway, I hope the magnesium will help as it is a muscle relaxant apparently. Frustrated.

          • Reading your post, pretty much sounds like what we’re all feeling

          • Hey, Choice! Happy to hear from you again and glad that your palpitations are a little better. Mine went away for about a week and came back today. I was told I am pre-diabetic so I must watch the sugar. That was disheartening to hear since I usually watch what I eat. I also have a vitamin D deficiency so he doctor prescribed 50,000 units of that. About fell off the examining table when she said she wanted me to take that high of a dose for two weeks. Then after taking my first pill this morning, thought it might cause more palpitations. But I’m still alive. I asked about the safety of exercise with my palps and she said start out slowly to avoid injuries. So, I plan on walking everyday. I heard running is bad for the joints and afraid it might make my heart flip even more. Somehow I know we all will get through this. Last, I will focus on positive thinking as you suggested, Choice. I hope things continue to get better!

      • Hi I just wondered how much magnesium you take as I have heard that it is good for palpitations but I’m not sure how much the content of magnesium should be. I’d be grateful for your reply.
        Many thanks

        • Hi, judy! On January 24th of this year, Rich replied asking if anyone has tried 200 mg tablets of magnesium but he did not say what is the recommended dose. Choice also mentioned trying magnesium but did not comment on the dose. I have not tried it myself. You could probably ask a doctor or call a pharmacist. They would know the proper amount to take. Hopefully someone else will reply with more knowledge than I have. I apologize for not being able to help you! Carol

      • Hi Choice,

        Such a fantastic response.
        I totally agree that the anxiety just fuels more anxiety, which just creates more turmoil. They say ‘knowledge is power’, not in these cases! It would be so much better to have no clue about the ‘possible’ problems and therefore have no worries when something doesn’t feel quite right. I myself take every slight pain or discomfort as something far worse that what it turns out to be. Perhaps I should learn from the past and realise that I didn’t die last time it happened so I won’t now. Easier said than done though. Wish I could turn off the ‘worry switch’ 🙂

        Kind Regards

        • You are not alone, these feelings you’re describing mimics most everyone here, and sadly , as you’ve realized they are no answers, it’s a hit and miss for MD’s’ and us.
          Breathing , meditation, magnesium, EFT you name it has its limits when you’re in the middle of these palpitations.. The solution will eventually come in terms of a chip that will be placed in the nodes to re scramble the electrical disconnection, but we are a while away.
          Stay around people who understand you and love you to console you during your episodes.
          For me, I don’t like people to see me when I go through these moments, I feel very weak and vulnerable ,
          I sympathize with you as It’s something few people understand unless they;re going through it

  108. good morning

    i used to get palpitations some years ago when i had lots of stress and even then nothing like long after .a few ecgs here and there all fine ,and palpitations during 1 test

    over 2 years ago i had it many times again ,for a few hours ,but 1 evening it was all night chest and back and like flashing lights up and down and across very often and occasionally like if someone puts both their hands on my chest and pushed down .
    i went to work still going ,after work i went to the surgery .blood pressure was fine but dr called ambulance .they did several ecgs while the palpitations were going and .blood tests all fine .

    spring 2014 my neck kept on hurting really weird .not awfully painful but more then uncomfortable ,and like (something stuck and a pressure) and a darkish line on my lips .dr prescreped a cream then another but it did not remove it .the consultant put a camera in my nose and i was told i have acid reflux which i had never heard of . was prescribed omeprazole 20 mg .no neck pain for a short while – the above palpitations whenever – i asked if i can take 2 per day .dr said yes but again it helped only for a while .i am still taking them .

    because i have had palpitations long before neck pains and i wonder if i had reflux already .i told the consultant about palpitations and he did not seem surprised .

    i tried already different things .
    the moment palpitations started i took short fast breaths like when in labour that helpes

    i have been terrible not drinking any water or just a little .i looked on the net just a few days ago if there is a connection ,lack of water and reflux ,palpitations short or out of breath and sure enough it says so .

    i started a few days ago drinking 2 ltr about 8 cups daily again even when not thirsty and so far my neck has not hurt as often ,nor as much and very mild and more rare palpitations .in fact no comparing to before .i thought i pass this on .

    what i dont understand .

    i can run for the bus etc -if not already short of breath -have the normal fast beats in the chest only and just a tiny bit out of breath and not every time .i stopped smoking in jan 2013 and i was hardly ever out of breath before then .maybe its due to the reflux .

    sometimes while relaxing 1 hour or most of the evening ,the palpitations have started like above .and or i can get completely out of breath just walking to the kitchen .it seems like it comes in spouts .

    last month i got the 24 hour ecg gadget and not 1 moment of palpitations typical .

    and only 2 days before i had them all evening till late night ,keeping me awake .later this month i have an appointment at cardiology .

    Sorry this is a long write up .

    • Hi Rose…it sounds as though you’ve had a tough time. I do hope things get better. I had not heard of breathing as if you’re in labor. I will try that. I have had this bout of palpitations for about two to three months now. Constant palpitations unless I take some Benadryl. I have been drinking more water too and cut way down on sugar. No caffeine. Doctor said it’s stress and gave me the okay to exercise. Come back if your symptoms get better or worse. Carol

  109. Hi all, just a quick update. I have had a few good days when the palpitations are not that frequent and some days when they seem almost gone, but the last few days it has been hell again and they are back almost all day. When it happens during the night i take a quick lukewarm shower (or as cool as i can tolerate) and 1 tab lorazapam, otherwise there is no way i will fall asleep with these heartbeats. I find that the cool water seems to calm things down – sometimes. Still not sure if the magnesium is helping but i am hoping it is – i am taking 300mg at 6pm just once a day. Also, trying not to focus on it and de-stress and think positively that no matter what, I will get through this and live with this if i have to. Hope all of you suffering from similar problems are somehow coping.

    • Hello Choice & Everyone….Choice, I am glad you are feeling better. At least it does sound like you have some good days! Must be doing something right. I know it can be frustrating when you have good days and you think the palps are gone. Then WHAM…they come back. That happens to me all the time. BUT, you are getting better! I hope it continues and I hope everyone else who has posted here is doing better, as well. Take care! Carol

    • Hi choice.
      I’m the same with the palps. I seem to have them every day and most of the day, I’m sure it is to do with the vagus nerve. If I find I’ve eaten rather a large meal or if I’m feeling hungry and have not eaten in a while I can almost guarantee my palpitations/ectopics will be really bad. I’m trying to keep my eye on this and note what I eat and how much/little, hopefully I can monitor how I feel and find ways of keeping the palps at a low, really I’ll try anything, it’s true.!! I suppose, that one thing may not suit everyone so I wish you all the best, keep trying to find what suits you and helps keep the dreaded palps to an absolute minimum!! Kind regards to all.

  110. Hey everyone
    Im 23 and have had palpitations since i was 20 years old. I have had a lot of anxiety in my life, not particularly right now but in my early 20s it happened often and a few times lead me to having a panic attack. I have gone to the emergency over 10 times thinking i was going to die from panic and anxiety. So i believe my palpitations arose from that. However, since i am still young i tend to party a lot and whenever i go out i drink to excess. Binge drinking always occurs when i go out with my friends and we get hammered everytime. I feel this has a contribution to my palpitations because lately, in the past 4 months or so, after i night of drinking the next day i always get around 5 – 10 palpitations around dinner time. Also, after i havent exercised in a while maybe a week or so i sometimes get them while exercising. I am very physically active, playing on two hockey teams and one soccer team. I take magnesium pills and omega 3s but they dont seem to help. But whenever i get them i only get around 2 – 4 per day, and not daily. I have also been experiencing minor chest throbs around the left side of my chest for about 4 months now. I have had multiple ECGs and a holter monitor and everything came back fine so my doctor told me it could be my chest wall. Its hard to accept that though when they keep persisting after 4 months. Im very conscious of my heartbeat, i feel it all the time, especially when trying to sleep. My shirt moves in unison to my heartbeat as well thats how much i notice it so maybe that contributes to my palpitations i dont know. I just wish they went away.

    • Hey, Jordan…alcohol can definitely contribute to palpitations and can cause them. Drinking a lot of alcohol can leave you dehydrated, which can lead to palpitations. Do you get enough sleep while partying and the days following? A lack of sleep doesn’t help. I’ve read many books related to anxiety and panic disorder. Each type of attack can cause palpitations. Last, being aware of your heartbeat can make palpitations worse or make you aware of what your heart is doing. So, it looks like you have several things going on that can produce the skipped beats or fast heartbeat. The good news is that your doctor does not believe it is something serious. Try and relax when they happen though I know from experience that is not easy. I would also suggest drinking more water (8 glasses a day at least) and perhaps slowing down on the alcohol. Let us know how you’re doing when you can and I wish you the best of luck! Carol

      • Hello Carol. Your concern for Jordan moved me to share my story.My palpitations started 13 years ago after i was rapped. I didn’t have the courage to tell anyone and because of the fear and trauma i developed severe palpitations which has never left me since then. I was scared of a lot of things but my major fear was that of contracting HIV which i didn’t contract thank God! But since then any thing that causes me anxiety brings back the palpitations,even positive events in my life serve as triggers sometimes. Maybe i have a bad case of general anxiety. I currently have the palpitations,sleeping at night is usually very difficult for me and my anxiety increases at night too. My doc has placed me on Atenolol and vasoprin just to make sure my BP doesn’t rise. Am a mum of 2 little kids,am often scared i may die and there’ll be no one to take care of them.. i pray we all find peace and healing. It’s not fun living this way. God bless!

    • Hi Jordan, we all know how annoying and frightening these problems that you mention can be. I think, that like Carol mentions, you have to cut down (or better yet just give it up) on the alcohol as it is definitely not going to help. I also suffer similar things that you mention and one of the keys in reducing the issues that you mention is to reduce the anxiety which will be there even on a subconscious level. If there is no other way to reduce anxiety, then some sort of medication may be best which your doctor can advise you on and perhaps prescribe. I know, as we all do, that taking your mind off this is impossible but there are things that can be done to reduce you thinking about it as much, and improve the way you look at what is happening. Also a lot of people have their own methods and you will find out what is best over time- for instance, i take a cool shower when things get bad and it helps me at night to fall asleep. Keep us posted how you`re going and best wishes to you and all here.

      • Hello again, Choice! Great post…well said! Splashing cold water on your face is said to slow down a fast heart beat. My issue is more of extra beats or my heart feels like it is flipping. Again, great post and I hope everyone is feeling better! Carol

      • Thanks for the reply Carol and choice,

        I have been doing alright lately…i have cut back on how much i drink when i got out and it has helped. I haven’t experienced as many palpitations the next day after drinking anymore, sometimes i haven’t felt any at all. But yesterady i played hockey for the first time in a week and felt several as i was playing… not after or before. I have read about palpitations occurring during exercise and heard that it may be of some concern? is that true? even though i have had all of these tests done.

        • Thanks for the reply Carol and choice,

          I have been doing alright lately…i have cut back on how much i drink when i got out and it has helped. I haven’t experienced as many palpitations the next day after drinking anymore, sometimes i haven’t felt any at all. But yesterady i played hockey for the first time in a week and felt several as i was playing… not after or before. I have read about palpitations occurring during exercise and heard that it may be of some concern? is that true? even though i have had all of these tests done.

  111. Saureet Hayill, L.Ac. March 15, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    The classic Chinese herbal formula, Zhi Gan Cao Tang (Baked Licorice combination) stops heart palpitations and nourishes the heart to avoid future ones. Get them from your licensed acupuncturist or at a Chinese herbal pharmacy. Herbal remedies take some minutes or up to a half hour to digest, but are very effective in their results. Depending on the severity of your condition, one bottle may be enough to permanently correct the situation.

    • Hello, Saureet! Is it safe to just start the herbal remedy you mentioned or should we get our doctor’s permission first? Herbal remedies scare me. I have heard and read about side effects plus problems with drug interactions. Ginseng is one I cannot take or my heart goes crazy. Thank you for your help! Carol

    • but what if one has high blood pressure?

      licorice is unsafe for that

  112. Watch on youtube Eli Soriano you learn a lot from him. He is gifted

  113. Hi all I get palps I’m scared

  114. Hi All,

    Firstly, great blog! I’ve just spent the last hour or so having a good read through not only the page but many of the comments. I can see many people have been helped here, not only by the techniques, medications and remedies offered and advised but also just by having a place to talk and compare with each other. I see often just simply sharing or knowing you are not the only one gives people a great deal of comfort.
    Now to my problem, which having seen how badly some of you are affected, seems somewhat minor and insignificant, but if any of you kind people could shed some light I would be truly grateful! I will try to explain in as much detail as possible, forgive me if I seem to go a little off topic.
    I’m 28, slim/athletic build, suffer no other health problems.
    At the age of 16/17 I began smoking cannabis recreationally (I do not and never have smoked cigarettes/only as a filler in a ‘joint’). At the age of 21ish this became daily (as a side note, my cannabis smoking didn’t affect work life and I tended to only smoke as a relaxant after work and when the day was done, not on the streets while on the dole and causing trouble as many stereotypes will have you believe). At the age of around 24 I woke up one day and chose to give up, I did so without any problems. After around 6 months I started again but less frequent. This is where my first problem arose. Immediately after smoking a ‘joint’ my heart would race and it would feel as if my throat would close up. It didn’t feel right, after up to 30 minutes this would pass and I would calm down thus recieving the ‘stoned’ feeling I was hoping to achieve. However this made me paranoid (Cannabis making me paranoid . . . I know a real shocker lol). I was unsure if this used to happen to me when I smoked before and I had become immune or used to it or if it was a new thing. Up until this point I had never worried about my heart. Over the next couple of years I continuously gave up with the odd month here and there where I drifted back into the old routine, each time suffering the same heart racing/throat problems. During this time I also had 2 panic attacks, something which was very new to me and very scary, especially the first time. 3/4 years ago I quit completely and have not bothered since. So much is my mind set against it I can sit with a group of friends who are all smoking cannabis and not even get the urge for a drag.
    Anyway, some problems still exist. Since quitting smoking completely it seems my mindset has changed, whether thats a direct result of the heart racing experiences and panic attacks or the fact I’ve become ‘a worrier’ I do not know. Part of me thinks I just started to pay more attention to my heart rate and have become somewhat of a hypochondriac, other parts of me think ‘this feeling can’t be right’.
    After stopping smoking I seemed to get the heart racing symptoms the morning following a night out and a heavy drinking session. So in turn I lowered the drinking levels for a while and this helped. I no longer suffer the next day. Around 2 years ago I had a series of ‘incidents’ all involving racing of the heart, sweating, shaking etc that were all free of any other impetus, no drink or drugs whatsoever, in fact out of the blue completely. I subsequently went to A&E and have had blood tests and an ECG which all came back fine. My heart was supposedly very healthy. Since then I have relaxed a little in terms of worrying. I do suffer with something very strange though. When lying on my right side I sometimes get a very wierd feeling, my heart beat becomes very irregular, it seems to miss beats then beat very hard very inconsistently. If I change position it seems to regulate again, particularly sitting upright helps. Is this the palpitations many of you suffer from? (apologies for my naivety here). I have never tried to ‘outlast’ the feeling as it is such a strange, not painful but extremely uncomfortable and worrying feeling, that I have to move immediately. I also seem to get it more often close to eating. Could it in someway be associated to gas/indegestion?
    I also suffer with a lot of random pain in my left arm and left side of my chest, usually quite sharp pains. These have been going on since before my ECG which relaxes me somewhat in terms of their nature. Also researching them online points me away from heart troubles. I have recently (last 2 months) starting weight training and during my last workout suffered an ache around my heart area for around 15 minutes. I constantly worry while working out and constantly check for coldness on the back of my neck, my heart rate. I press my chest to feel tightness and any pain. It’s a constant worry and burden but is that all it is, a worry? Have I just become a bit of a hypochondriac? Are all these feelings normal and I’m just overly focused on them? I don’t worry about any other part of my body, just my heart. If I get a headache I don’t think ‘oh crap its a brain aneurysm’. More than anything I’m just fed up of being scared all the time, I never used to be this ‘worrier’. Oh I almost forgot, last year I did a parachute jump. I figured ‘It’s scary as hell so if I do have a heart problem surely I’ll find out by jumping out of a plane’. Sure enough my chest seemed to tighten up a little bit but as always I seem to attempt to block it out and it passes. Still that didn’t satisfy me. I then start thinking that I didn’t have a heart attack because the feeling wasn’t sustained and I blocked it out and that if I didn’t then maybe I would have an attack. Or that the adrenaline counter acted my attack.
    I feel utterly ridiculous and weak to these feelings!
    I have not suffered anywhere near as bad as many of you and commend you for your bravery, persistance and courage. I hope you do not feel annoyed in any way by what is, in comparison to some of you, mere grumblings from what may well be just an over-sensitive worrier. I hope you can all understand my discomfort and if anyone can shed any light or knowledge to any part of my story I will be utterly appreciative.

    Apologies for the essay 🙂 just wanted to leave no stone unturned.
    Best wishes to you all!

    • Hey, James! I can relate to much of what you said here. I am not a doctor so what I state comes from what I have read on the subject, my experiences, and from what doctors have told me. I experience more palpitations if I lay on my left side and I have read that can be the case. I do not know why. Also, I have read that exercise can bring on the palpitations but would imagine after an individual gets healthier and more “in shape” the palpitations would diminish. Not sure though. I sometimes experience palpitations during exercise as well but won’t let that stop me. The benefits outweigh the pros of exercising.
      I suffered with panic attacks for about ten years so I know how frightening those can be. I read many books on the subject. The best thing to do when a panic attack comes on is to go limp like a rag doll. Don’t fight the symptoms. Let the racing heart, sweating, nausea, etc. come on. Float through the experience. I would suggest to everyone here to give up caffeine, junk food, and drink more water. Sometimes deydration can cause palpitations. A lack of sleep may also.
      If you continue to suffer with panic attacks, James, I would suggest seeking therapy. Something is going on that leads to the attacks. Writing in a journal may help too. This website has many great things to try and lots of helpful information. I hope you feel better soon, James! Try to worry less. Carol

      • Great suggestions Carol!! Thanks for encouraging everyone with your story and the lessons you have learned along the way!

      • Hi Carol,

        Thank you so much for your reply!
        The fact you say you can relate to a lot of what I mention helps a lot. Although I wish it wasn’t the case it is somewhat comforting to just hear from someone who has the same problems.
        This past month I feel I have become a bit more relaxed to the situation. Whether thats a change in my perspective, a result of the exercising taking effect or the result of trying to constantly assure myself that ‘everything will be ok’ and ‘whatever will be will be, so stop worrying’ I am not sure. Perhaps its a combination of all of these. I still get the palpitations just not as frequent.
        I’m determined to not let it beat me and not let it have an impact on my life anymore. Im trying my hardest to not give this disease the attention it craves!
        In terms of the panic attacks, for a good amount of time now I have not suffered with them, thankfully. Again I can only put this down to the more healthy lifestyle and positive outlook.
        Often the hardest thing to achieve is a positive outlook but the difference it can make is extraordinary.
        Once again, Carol, thank you for your kind words, inspiration and comfort. I wish you and anyone else suffering the best of luck in overcoming this disease.
        Good health to you all!

  115. What an awesome blog!! Thank God I’m not the only one that in it self is refreshing, I have lived pissed off, stressed and miserable. On four meds I wonder sometimes how the hell i arrived at this place in my life!! Job,family, coachin,g etc. So now I feel I’m in a battle for my life I have Hypertension HPB, A FIB, depression. I hear some despair in some of your messages that saddens me. There are people out there that can help, you just have to know where to look. I start on my CPAP machine tonight so I’m kind of excited, (doesn’t take much) after the hell I’ve been through….I’m seeing a therapist to straighten out whats going on between my ears. Again call around to hospitals and such someone out there can help and most cases beat this debilitating disease.

    • Hello, Gary! You have a lot going on but I know you will get control and feel better. I’m glad you are getting help. Often men will not seek help for their problems so I commend you for taking that initiative. I think you will feel better soon and perhaps many of your symptoms will subside when you get to the bottom of whatever is bothering you. I feel the same way you do when I read the messages here and detect the fear and suffering. In the end, everyone will overcome their issues and will be stronger for it. In one book I read, the doctor stated palpitations are a body’s way of telling the person that something is not right in their life. Maybe an unhappy relationship, guilt for something they have done, a career that should be changed. There are many reasons. This is assuming the sufferer has had the numerous tests done and been told their heart is healthy. Good luck, Gary! Let us know how things are going…Carol

  116. i thank you very much for showing me the way to cure this palpitation, i notices some changes in my breathing few days ago. i started feeling short of breath and my heart beat is beating too fast, also have some stuff in my neck. i tried to swallow it down but no way. thank God immidiately i notice it, i started running exercise. now i search how it will stop, i now see another way to stop it, hope after this i will a free man again….thanks

  117. Thank you. Seriously. I am not a religious person at all. I never have been. Much like a lot of others, I will only pray when something like this happens. I don’t pray for miracles or God to do things for me. I feel like because I don’t attend church and have done some bad things in my life, I don’t deserve miracles or special treatment. I do, however believe that I deserve guidance. So, when I pray, I pray for that. Guidance to find the solutions to my problems. I have been having heart palps for a week now. I’m 34 and healthy, so of course it scares the crap out of me! I searched online and found some causes that I realized were probably triggering mine. My period is coming on and I’ve been stressed out. That should be enough right? Well, it wasn’t I was still so incredibly terrified. SO terrified that I prayed. lol If you knew me, you’d laugh too. I prayed for God to give me the guidance I need to get better. I asked for him to hold my hand through this incredibly difficult time and maybe even carry me, if necessary. I surrendered myself completely to it, realizing that if it’s my time, it’s my time. Immediately, they went away. Stayed gone for about 24 hrs. Then I had a stressful morning and boom! Peace of mind, shattered. It’s ok, I expected it to fade away I guess And not just God to take it away instantly just because I asked. Then they came back on… Every few minutes. So, I prayed again. Even though, I felt like I had been let down by them coming back so often. Somehow, I ended up here reading this (must’ve been the answer to my prayer). I normally don’t read stuff like this online because it turns me into a hypochondriac instantly. I read your stories and feel terrible about the people who’ve dealt with this for months, and years. I feel even worse for the people who can’t sleep at night because of it not stopping. I realize mine are nothing compared to that. I also don’t read comments, normally because people on the internet are such trolls. But, you are all so amazing and supportive. I feel so petty asking for help but so incredibly appreciative that I found it here. I also realized, like one commenter said above, that he was grateful that when he prayed, God gave him that night of rest that he needed…. I got that too. And instead of feeling let down I should’ve been grateful for that short time of peace And the goodnight sleep I got afterwards. I just needed to share that with you guys and thank you for being that guidance I needed. Now, I just have to practice not being obsessed with it. I need to let it go. That’s what we all need to do. As long as we hold on to it, it will stay. With every breath I take, I let it go just a little bit….and with every passing second I am more fearless than the last.

    PS. 2 things that are getting me through this, besides the obvious I mentioned above are yoga (every morning). I haven’t felt it at all while doing yoga. If only I could do it all day. And a book by Deepak Chopra called Quantum healing: exploring the frontiers of mind/body medicine. This book doesn’t specifically talk about this issue, but it teaches you how to not live your life in fear of the illnesses and diseases we experience. So vaulable.

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  119. I have suffered from palps since Christmas 2014. I was also high with anxiety at the time although think this was mainly due to the palpatations. Doctor prescribed propanolol 40 mg 3 times a day. They did help with the severity, but never actually went away. I took magnesium around 700 mg a day also, still no change, then…
    I did a bit of research and discovered that I may be low in potassium. And when I think about it, was probably not getting enough through diet and loosing it through irritable bowel diahorea. So I decided to eat a banana a day and drink a glass of coconut water every day. After few days, they have gone!!! This has been a few weeks now and it has lifted my mood, energy everything. I know how you all feel with them. Most of the time they are harmless, but it doesn’t stop you worrying.
    I write this in hope that it works for someone else out there, would love to know if it helps. Google for yourselves how easy it can be to loose potassium and to make sure you get it through diet. Please beware that potassium supplements should only be taken under doctor supervision only, as too high potassium in blood is not good, but through diet alone, should not overdose. Wishing steady heartbeats to all ❤️❤️❤️

  120. Hi Karen july7 2015
    I have the heart flutters too, hence why Im reading this site blog. I have had these things for some years and didn’t think much about it until a nurse friend at dinner a week or so back took my pulse while I had a flutter and she said your missing some beats and having a double beat here and there. I said thats funny thats the same time I get those little euphoria in the chest feelings. She said she also got the flutters at night . I guess its more common than we realise. Only recently I wore the 24hr heart monitor to see whats up.
    My flutters seem to cause a feeling of euphoria or cause me to cough sometimes, I guess that sounds weird but does anyone else get that ?
    Definitely when I go to the gym do some exercise or walk briskly for an hour at least 4 times a week it goes away. Exercise does help.
    Karen and others on this blog I’m not a doctor either but regards the irritable bowl and diarrhoea my wife had this problem and I researched this subject for her and found “Sherrie Brescia” site we followed her advice and her irritable bowel went away. Basically she advises to not eat starchy food like potatoes or bread etc with protiens like fish, meat, eggs, chicken, etc ever. Infact we gave up gluten altogether. Always eat fresh salad or veggies like broccoli or cauliflower green beans etc with your proteins. This eating format combined with 2 glasses of room temperature water 15 minutes before every meal stopped my heartburn and indigestion. Also Never eat fruit after your meal as a desert because it digests very quickly and can’t get past you main meal therefor starts to ferment causing bloating and gas sometimes diahorrea. Always eat your fruit on an empty stomach, this has worked for us. Or you could be Gluten intolerant as maybe the issue with some of the other bloggers. Its worth trying to abstain from wheat gluten for a week or so to test how you feel, it really helped us.
    Anyway check her site I hope it helps some people.
    When I used to get heartburn or indigestion it certainly made the heart flutters or palpitations worse for me.
    I think the blooger who got used to the flutters and ignored them is on the right track.
    When I used to tell my dad he had an annoying squeak in his car he would respond with “thats my friend I would miss it if it was gone”
    View the flutters as a friend saying, “hello I’m here” to you.
    Em form Australia.

    • Hi Em,
      I definitely think my flutters were now due to low potassium levels. When I read up on this, low levels do cause plaps. I am still free from them, which I believe is due to keeping my levels of potassium up with natural food sources. Particularly bananas and coconut water. As I said before, I had suffered too with heartburn at times. Eating bananas seems to have helped this. I also read that bananas(ripe) can lower the acidity in your body too. Maybe all linked?
      I hope you are getting on ok with yours, and have found something to help.

  121. Yea, pvc’s are a real nuisance. having them mildly while writing this, So many people suffer from them. At first it really worried me, had it checked out at the er, and so casually told it was nothing, “just something the heart does when it’s agitated”. I pretty much try to ignore them now, especially if I’m at work with a customer. I hate getting them when I can’t do something about it, like late at night,but when I get them through the day, it’s on! I hit the path for a jog and work my heart out good. So my body knows know every time they start its getting a good workout, lately I feel my body is using them to signal me it wants a workout.
    I think running will strengthen my heart and probably change the nature of the pvc’s. Possibly smooth them out, ect. I also drink coffee, and experience a little stress from time to time, I’m sure that’s countering my efforts but coffee is so hard to quit!

  122. I take my hat of to to all the people who say they learn to live with their palpitations. For me this was unacceptable and I declared war on and attacked my pvc’s like it was my worst enemy.

    It has been one of the most challenging, (at times) terrifying, stressful 8 months of my life. What a Horrible horrible horrible condition. At times it completely took over my entire life. On a bad day I though my heart was going to stop at least 10 times (I had hundreds of pvc’s daily but at times they got worse).

    Having suffered with this daily to varying degrees over the last 8 months, I am now happy to say that I am 3 weeks free of any pvc’s and I can’t even feel my heart beating. I seriously sometimes have to check my pulse to make sure I have one, haha.
    Having checked my pulse more times than I can count over the last 8 months I guess It is habitual at this point.

    I am in my late 30’s and like I said, 8 months ago it my heart just started doing backflips in my chest from one day to the next. I will here in recap what I did to get my life back (and what actually worked In the end, might surprise you).

    I should mention that I saw several specialist several times and had to go to the ER at one point because I had a really scary episode where I almost fainted due to my pvc’s.

    “They” observed me over night and did every test you can imagine. Result: they found nothing. WHAT?? I was a bit upset and confused. Common sense would tell me that a human heart/body (in perfect health and balance) will not produce palpitations (pvc’s in my case) to such a severe degree.

    Interestingly enough, even though “they” found nothing they still wanted to prescribe me drugs. WTF?? (Diagnosis: perfectly healthy human specimen. But let’s give you drugs anyway). At that point I blatantly asked the Dr if it indeed was not him who was in need of some drugs for even suggesting such an inane thing.

    Anyway -when I first experienced my pvc’s I was consuming alcohol more than usual at the time so the first thing I did was to stop drinking completely (for months) Did not help.

    I began eating more healthy (even though I already ate pretty healthy). 100% organic whole foods, very little meat and dairy. I also hydrated like crazy. Did not help.

    I could not excercise due to fear of death (it got insanely bad when I tried to exercise) so that was not an option.

    I began experimenting with super foods, vitamins etc etc (all top quality 100% organic real food supplements). Helped a little, sometimes, but not really.

    I drank smoothies, juices, wheatgrass, you name it I tried it.

    I prayed, tried meditation (not to a great extent but I still did it).

    After having tried pretty much everything I could think of a part of me gave up. In a desperate attempt, I decided to stop everything I was doing and scale it back to the bare essentials. Still pretty healthy food but no vitamins or nothing else. I even began drinking socially again. Sneaking in some bad food every now and then. I was basically trying to ignore my condition and resume a.normal life. It actually got a little better from doing this (totally strange but part of it could be something I was eating from before?I was always big on vitamins and super foods), but it was still not good enough. I wanted this thing eradicated.

    The cure:

    I went to get a blood test for something unrelated and it came back showing I had very low sodium levels. Ok? Something they missed my first go around with the Dr’s?

    I did some research and apparently this can cause a whole host of unpleasant symptoms.

    I started taking a teaspoon or two of Celtic sea salt (and hydrating very well with good spring water, about 1 gallon a day, at least (I’m 195lbs). 2-3 days of doing this… pvc’s GONE. Like I never had them. I now take sever pinches of sea salt everyday and will continue to do so for a while, then I will cut back to 1 pinch.

    I did notice a slight slight episode when I drank alcohol the other week but nothing in the morning after and nothing when drank since.

    I believe I am cured.

    With all this said, I don’t think an unhealthy alcohol infused lifestyle with a little sea salt is the answer but if you are pretty healthy beforehand, sodium/electrolyte/potassium imbalance might be the cure for you.

    I also started drinking fresh squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons) with cayenne (pinch) in the mornings on an empty stomach. Not every morning but several times a week. Thought I should mention that, even though I have a feeling that the salt is the protagonist in this drama.

    Such an easy thing to try for most people.

    Good luck to all and may you all who is suffering from any type of palpitations push this horrible condition back down to where it belong – in the pits of hell.

    • Just to clarify: if you decide to try to up your sodium levels, it is imperative that you use real salt like Celtic sea salt. DO NOT USE TABLE SALT. Table salt is horrible for you but sea salt or “real salt” is one of the cornerstones of life. Sea salt contains 72 essential minerals.
      Also, hydrate with spring water (do not save in on this). I use Mountain Valley spring water. They deliver in glass containers. If you can collect spring water yourself, do so, just make sure it is a clean spring. You can go to: findaspring.com. I would do this myself but unfortunately they closed down the only 2 springs close to me. If you want to know more about this Google: “Daniel Vitalis talking about spring water.” It will change the way you think about water.

      • LB. Just curious how you’re ingesting sea salt? In water / food or do you mean you’re literally eating it on a teaspoon?

        • Doug,

          I just eat it by itself. I take about a pinch at a time, several times a day. I always have 2-3 big glasses of water first thing in the morning and a big pinch of sea salt. Please let us know if it works for you.

    • Your experience L.B. Has been very similar to mine and the way I tackled my palplataions. They also sounded as bad, some days with no let up and no rhyme or reason to why the very odd day I would have none.
      I definitely believe that a low potassium level caused mine. Since I’ve been upping my bananas and coconut water they have disappeared. The thing about drinking alcohol is that as water is depleted from your system so is potassium. That is why the next day after a few drinks, palpitations seem to be worst. However, even now after an evening of enjoying some wine, making sure I am conscious about my potassium levels, the next day I am totally free from the plaps. They are horrible. I sympathise with anyone who suffers. Maybe this electrolyte imbalance is the key for most people? I hope so, as it is an easy cure. Anyone reading this who suffers, try eating a banana a day, drink a little coconut water, it’s not going to do any harm…see what happens in a few days.

  123. I apologize for all the typos – wrote on a phone, fast. Spell check is not always your best friend.

  124. I eat about 2 cups of grape and the palpitations stop.

  125. This site has been very helpful..after a horrible attack, I hadn’t realized I have had Afib for years, but not as I have experienced in the last month. I am now learning more about it, and its disappointing there is no real cure. But what I found in helping me was NOT THINKING ABOUT IT.. trying my best to completely turn my mind of of the listening to the beats, thinking your going to die. I have had a real problem in my life recently since Jan of this year and its given me loads of stress..so what do you do? Give up? NOPE..I just want the pounding to never come back..I find besides all the other things listed above, coughing helps most, but getting into a hobby or project helps a lot. Somedays I wake up and so grateful that I’m artistic-because painting, thinking about a project gets my mind off of it and the pounding does slow down. Just getting your mind off it-getting out a book, reading a completely different subject. My problem is the sleeplessness and I will wake most nights 2 am or 3 am..unable to sleep and then the pounding begins..and so I do this..I think, what color do I want to paint that old dresser in my living room..I think of colors, and pictures I want to glue and shellac..all these things gets your mind off of it..and they do slow down..whatever your into, or take a class, bring a new hobby into your life, these things gets your mind off of AFIB.

  126. All of those things may be good temporary fixes, but they don’t address the underlying cause of the palpitations. It’s still important that you see a cardiologist and gain a more complete picture.

    • I have been to 4 cardiologists over the last 5 years. Put me on different meds all the while telling me that no meds would help me because they are benign PVCs and everyone has them. Yikes! So you will probably never get rid of them, you need to find out why you are feeling them. My 48 hour holter monitor showed 30 PVCs and i felt every one. My current dr told me she wore a monitor once and had more than that but didnt any,
      If any of you has had success, it’s just coincidental. There is no cure for benign palps. If they have subsided, chances are at some point you will feel them again.
      Hate to be bearer of bad news but i’m a realist.

  127. Great subject and variety of responses here.

    I had some heart palpitations during my Dads last year and a half he was with us.Back then,about 8 years ago, I was guzzling coffee and diet sodas,and my Mom pointed out just how much I went through.i bet I drank 2 whole pots o’ joe to my head. Well, my heart palpitations were most likely ‘pacic attacks’. I even stopped smoking weed for a year,because that seemed to once in awhile lead to palpitation.

    I went back on the weed,no problems THOUGH I NOW use it a little bit less at a time,but still every day if I can for its happy feeling.

    I cut way downon the caffeine.Now my mom and I only have 2 cups of coffee a day AND, that we mix with decaf so its half strength.

    IAS FAR AS PRAYER goes,i am atheist,i have been since halfway between 9/11 and Dad’s death,so I don’t pray anymore however,i m still an occultist and I have leaned that I can pay lip service to a paradigm,just for the time of the ‘working’. In other words I would say the Hare Krishna maha-,mantra, or I’d say the Hail Mary…not even believing diddly..yet they calmed me down.I bet I could make up a jingle about the FSM // Flying Spaghetti Monster and it would do the same calming thing.

    I haven’t had palpitations/panic attacks in a few years now but next time I do I will deep breathe,chew an aspirin // just in case it really IS a heart attack //

    Theres many ways to calm and peace.An old Cherokee Indian once told me ‘things behave as so named’. I am my own god and theres a lot I can do with my mind.

    I wish you all well,good health and happiness.

  128. I also have Palpitation and i was so scared and a lot of things are playing on my mind during my experience about this. i cried a lot and ask God why is this happening to me. i ask for forgiveness and to heal me from this suffering. i did go to church a pray harder with my tears falling down. and then i wish for him to spare all my love ones specially my family bcoz i know the feeling and experienced the life having this palpitations. for me the best way to overcome the fear on this is to look for your family give them a hug or a kiss it does help u relax. I hope everyone to be Healed by our Mighty God. remember God is the only one who can help us in times like this and i know for sure hes Listening XD

  129. trying to take extra vitamin B complex. and extra potassium (banana). It seems its helping me a lot.

  130. I’m 15 and have started getting these a few months ago. I haven’t been to a doctor yet, and haven’t told my parents, but it may have something to do with anxiety. My mom once told me that I may have anxiety. I do drink a lot of caffeine, and don’t exercise regularly. One day my heart just suddenly started beating too fast without any warning and it really scared me. For now, it only lasts for a few seconds to a minute, and hoping it doesn’t get worse. I too, am a Christan and I’m praying to God that I don’t get worse. When I’m 18, or hopefully, on my birthday, I’m going to the SCOAN. I’ve seen the miracles T.B Joshua does through Jesus, and I’m hoping that by going there, I can get better. It’s a bit reassuring that I’m not the only one.

  131. Hello ! i felt comfort in knowing that im not alone ! 🙂
    Im 25 and have had palpitations sense 2013 .
    I have a thyroid condition which i take meds for every morning
    Also i have terrible acid reflux i take a med for that as well. Ughh
    I agree that they are the most terrifying thing that I’ve ever experienced!
    Im married with 2 children and i am obese, i had weighed 467 lbs at my highest
    I am now down to 352 and PROUD !
    I had a stress test and holter monitor done this past 6 months .
    All it showed is that my lower part of my heart is thicker due to my weight but the heart looks good. My holter showed some irregular beats / palpitations but nothing to worry about i guess……. ok!
    I feel drained and sick all the time . Just ONE ruins my whole day :/
    I also supposedly have ” fibromyalgia” i guess as well so the wide spread pain to add to it is just pleasant NOT!
    Oh lets not forget i have severe anxieties and panic attacks to add to.
    Most days i live in guilt because i cant be the wife and mother i need and desperately want to be :/ no one in my family has history of palpitations so im at a loss.
    I can say i read some comments and found similarities in symptoms like stress, anxiety and panic attacks bring mine on as well as surprises and adrenalin.
    And weirdest of all… when i have to poop, or when im gassy or constipated lol upper body activities bring them on as well . And of course there’s the ones who just pop up to say hello for No apparent reason oher then to scare the everliving crap outta you! ughhh
    I hope i can learn to live with these for me and my family’s sake.
    My anxiety was NEVER this bad …. not in tell these palpitations scared me to death! took the docs 3 years ti finally listen to me and do tests just to get a diagnosis and a “oh there perfectly normal” …. TO WHO?
    I’ve lived all my life without them now they come and go without warning on the most part. I feel trapped in my body! not only had obesity and mental illness taken over but now these to? Ohhh man :/ now what? where to go what to do besides sobb and cry and beg god to tell me why me? what did i do to deserve a life filled with pain and suffering. I just wanna wake up ONE DAY and nit have the first thought be ….. “will i have palpitations today, will i sob in pain from the fibro, will i have an anxiety attack”? who knows. I dont . But i manage to still smile 😀 and love my kids and husband dearly! i believe i will find a way to cope i do , i do .
    Xoxoxoox ♡ jody

  132. I went searching through the comments trying to see which techniques most commonly worked for people. I’m sure there are some helpful comments but I got sick of scrolling through what turned into a discussion about God.

    • I second that. Even though i do feel that prayer being a form of meditation and diversion might work to shift the focus from your heart to something else, it is nothing more than that. God and/or prayer are not cures for our problem. I would prefer to hear about real things that have helped people. Not sure that there is a cure for those of us with benign palps. I believe that the mind is a very powerful thing and there is a stong mind/body connection. No one’s heart beats perfectly 24/7 but some of us are more sensitive to what is happening in our bodies than others. So two things. One try to find out why you are having more than usual, if that is the case. Anxiety, meds, etc. can all contribute that. Then try to find the diversion that works for you. No God or medical doctor is going to help you. I think that is pretty clear from all of the discussions. Medical doctors are great when they can see a physical problem. When they can’t see something, they are pretty much useless. They have put me on beta blockers and other meds. They either had no effect or made them worse. Then it becomes trial and error. Not to depress you further but it could be a lifetime of trial and error because there is no one answer. My 2 cents after having been to several PCPs, several cardiologists, doing a lot of research, and living with these things for several years.

      • I agree Suzie, although prayer can help, its not going to get rid of this for good. This site had been so helpful but what I don’t understand is why doctors don’t tell you there is no cure-the last one both want me to have an EP study to find out why I am having palpitations. None of them tell you what you can do when it’s happening, since reading on this site, some of the things has worked for me, but yes it is only temporary but at the time, it helps so much.

    • if you get a chance, buy some Lavender oil. Its a calming oil..I could not live with out it as I get them so bad, I cant talk an entire sentence. I will cry…it sucks. Sniff lavender oil..diffuse it…whatever. I sniff and my body calms right down. Its wonderful.

      • Yes!!! I had heard about the oils and got some, must be pure 100% essential oil..it really helps a lot. I also got some others, like ylang ylang and Bergamot, they also work very well. I found them pretty cheap at Marshalls, but Whole Foods sells them, and natural food stores. I keep them by my bedside.

  133. I get them so bad…best way…Lavender oil.

  134. The first method:
    Night lorazepam 0.25 mg 2 hours before bedtime

    The second method:
    What is vagus nerve ?:
    The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the brain, membranes of the brain stem to the organs in the abdomen continues. nerve vagus nerve cranial nerve to the brain 12. In most cases, you’ll not notice right and left vagus nerves actions that are part of the autonomic nervous system, but probably noticed when the nerve that its activities have been stopped as a result of illness or injury as a vital vagus nerve physical activity keeps the nerves that order. with No vagus nerve function, you cannot talk, breathe, eat your heart rate is very irregular (arrhythmia).

    Treatment of heart beats (arrhythmias) in heart disease:
    Principles of removing the causative agents (smoking, oregano?, Drugs, tobacco, coffee, tea, heat, stress, squat, bend and alcohol) Disease diagnosis and treatment device (hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia, menopause symptoms and anxiety) and treat certain arrhythmias diagnosed based. In most cases compliance with good habits of life and nutrition, ….. and doing sports activities disproportionate, can improve heart rate .in order to terminate some recycled arrhythmias, sometimes multiple vagal maneuver as performed by a doctor or by a trained person with vagus nerve stimulation that causes palpitations in some arrhythmias are returned, such as:
    1) successive coughing
    2) pinch the skin on your arm so that cause pain.
    3) Hold your breath in short-term
    4) cold water for brushing, dipping head in cold water for a short period, or a cold shower so that pour cold water on the head.
    5) Valsalva maneuver: in your nose and mouth and try at the same time to remove air from the nasal so that they feel listened ear membranes move to the outside.
    6) cervical carotid massage area (of course, subject to permission from the doctor and the method safely learn the techniques you)

  135. There is another exercise I have tried, and it reduces my heart rate as well as reduces the palpitations, it’s simply stretching with both arms up and on the side, then bending down. doing that regularly has lowered my heart rate, which feels really good. Another of my friend also tried that and had a similar result. (That’s why yoga and breathing exercise has also really helped!) PS: Prayer is always wonderful too 🙂 and unity of science and religion is the way to go 🙂 Peace be to all!

  136. I have had a racing heart since Thanksgiving 2015 at 140 BPM I do anything I get lightheaded and start sweating and feel as though I am going to pass out. Still here though. Any suggestions? I haven’t went to a health care official yet.

  137. I 100% recommend a 25 mg Magnesium. I was having palpitations for at least the last 10 years off and on – especially out after a night of partying (drinking only). When I read this article here and saw some comments about magnesium. Wow its like a miracle. I take one with my regular Centrum vitamin and Poof- Like magic gone away never to return. I haven’t had one palpitation since, nit even a faint one. Miraculous. Try it and see if it works for you.

  138. Chad Ochocinqo June 8, 2016 at 10:14 am

    so, i just shit myself. but at least I’m breathing normally now. Thanks

  139. Thank you. Just hsd an episode of my usual palpitations where my heart beats super fast. Couldn’t stop it using my normal methods ie drinking ice cold water, lying down, holding breath, etc. I came to this page in desperation and number 4 worked! My doctor told me another trick which sometimes works and that is to press or rub your eye, but you have to do it as soon as the palpitations begin.

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  141. I had some palpitations at work today. I’m 49 and I have relatives on my father’s side (including my father) who’ve died of heart attacks. Needless to say that’s a stresser in my life.

    So when I got palpitations, I sorta freaked. I found this site, and some of the quick cures. I had some vitamins here at work, so I took centrum silver, B, E, and it seems to have helped. I’m going to ride my bike later and monitor the situation. I’ve had anxiety in the past, but I’m on no medications and anxiety’s been fine. I’ve just chilled out I guess you could say. But the palpitations, well, I’m hoping it’s just a reaction to the chicken and rice I had for lunch. We’ll see.

    • You’re my age, and I get them when I eat oily and fatty foods. Also MSG brings them on. How’d it work out for you.

  142. #4 slowed down the palpitations and after that, holding my breath stopped them right away. Thanks for your valuable info!

  143. 100% Pure Organic Blueberry juice will correct abnormal beats instantly…Use small amounts at a time or as a preventative,use 1/2 oz ( half a whiskey glass full) twice a day.You won’t believe something so simple could work like medicine.

  144. So I’ve had palps my whole life. I’m 50, but when I was a fireman in the 80’s and 90’s, we got EKGs every year, and every year the doc would say “your waves look fine, but you have skipped beats. Do they bother you?” And I’d say no, and he’d move on to the rubber glove and lube, ultimately giving me no restrictions on duty. Fast forward, and I finally started going to the doctor again for regular checkups this year, and he did an EKG, but nowadays the cart will spit out a probable prognosis along with the strip chart. Mine came up “atrial fib.” Got referred to a cardiologist, who took one look at my EKG and said “This computer generated prognosis is wrong. Your waves actually look fine, but you have skipped beats. Do they bother you?” I laughed and said no. He asked me why I laughed, and I told him. Cardiologist smiled and sent me on my way, no restrictions, no drugs, no follow up.

    Things that trigger them for me: dehydration, fatty meals, spicy meals, adrenaline jolts, being on a diet. (Don’t understand why, but when I’m dieting, I get them. Probably a hydration thing.)

    Things that make them go away very quickly: if it’s a fatty meal, I drink a glass of water and chew a couple antacids. If not, then I just drink a pint of water. Also, exercise obviously makes them disappear. Coughing and the pinch-the-nose trick works well, also. One other trick: I went 3 entire years without a single palp between 2013 and 2016, due entirely to a change in diet and water intake. I started eating organic apples (which have way more magnesium in them than regular apples), cut out the alcohol and fatty foods, started a multivitamin, and started drinking 60-70 oz of water a day, minimum. (I became dehydrated one July evening in 2013 and almost keeled over, and ever since, I’ve drank like a fish.)

    One other thing, as I got older and put on weight, I noticed that certain foods leave me bloated, which brings on palps. Probably pressure on the vagus nerve. I chew some antigas chewables, like GasX or Mylanta, burp a few times, and they go away. Also another trick: 1 serving of SlimFast and some more water will kill them for me within 5 minutes. Probably because of all the potassium in a serving of SlimFast, but also the large amount of liquid.

    People, if you have palps, relax. It’s way more likely that they’re benign, and probably due to something simple. Best bet is get a cardiologist to look at your EKG, and not rely on a family physician (or the EKG cart) to diagnose it.

    And finally, I’ve read that something like 7 or 8% of population has palps all day long. It’s not uncommon. And it’s not a death sentence.

  145. I had Heart Palpitations. After many months investigations, I have found out it was due to the lack of vitamins. I had digestion problem, and I have stopped eating fruits. since couple of months ago That I have started to eat all kind of fruits, now I have no Heart Palpitations any more.

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  147. Just had a set of palps that went on for quite some time. I did EVERYTHING on the list. Hey, I feel better now so thanks!


  149. Exercise did the trick! Thanks OP 🙂

  150. Ronaldo Feliciano March 11, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Prayers heals my palpitations. I thank God and Lord Jesus Christ.

    • Very happy that god listened to your prayers and healed you while thousands of people die drom hunger and other diseases every day. I’m sure that a lot of parents were praying for their kids who are dying from cancer, etc but those prayers were not heard. I guess your god is too busy to answer everyone’s prayers so he picks and chooses whose prayers he is gonna answer that day. Oh and who gave them to you in the first place? If you get some other disease is he gonna listen to your prayes next time? I hope so.

      • You are a sick individual for attacking someone for giving thanks. Over the topic of death which is inevitable for all of us. If you don’t have any faith…keep i to yourself because your nasty comment does nothing buy help elevate people’s palpitations!

  151. Don’t rely on prayer to fix your health problems. That actually sounds very dangerous, because while it may help your anxiety/mental well being, it may be causing you to neglect the source of all of these health problems. Humans eat incredibly unhealthy. Most of what we eat comes from a package, or a box, or a can. Most of our food has been processed or pumped full of flavoring. Think of a wild animal, and how natural they eat.. whether it’s grass or any other sort of vegetation… the human body was never meant to take in all the stuff we are eating. Try eating clean food. Vegetables, fruits, only while grain oats, granola… hard boiled eggs with some of the yolk removed. I appreciate all the advice in here, but I think the most important facts are being overlooked

    • I totally agree with you. I have written before that prayer can be a wonderful form of meditation to calm you and divert your thoughts to something other than your heart but it is NOT a cure. If it were, we’d all be cured of all illnesses so it just doesn’t work that way. You need to first get a medical diagnosis. If palps are benign you are on your own to figure them out but you might need to face the fact that you might never be helped. Sometimes searching for a cure can just lead to more anxiety which leads to more palps which leads to more anxiety…. so if you have been cleared by a doctor then try exercise, try meditation, try eating better, etc. Good luck to all.

  152. A beautiful sunny spring day so we went for a walk, no stress beautiful countryside walk and blam on the way back about 10 mins before the end of the hours walk the palpitations came. Fortunately able to get onto the bed and drink water and relax. Got onto site to remind myself of manoevers, when I recovered a little enough to do, tried 3 no good then Read a post to pray. So I did and wham stopped there and then.
    Do others get palpitations after relaxed walking?
    Do others just have to lie down to recover, I certainly could not go around with them?
    I also perspire on my forehead, anyone else get this?
    I have sent off for some Heart calm, has anyone tried this ?

    I have been checked out and my heart us OK except for getting these but I don’t want to take beta blockers as I gave low blood pressure and they made me so lethargic.
    Very interesting blog btw.

  153. Stop it with the God stuff, will you? If God even exists, he sure as heck doesn’t care about US.

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    I want to look at several eating plan against Candida.
    Online, a lot of information on this problem.
    Although ideas usually diverge. And I didn’t find the right conclusion for me.
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