6 Ways to Instantly Stop Heart Palpitations

Life Off Beat  —  September 19, 2011 — 160 Comments

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.

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I wish I would have known some of these 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. 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.
  6. 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.

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 changes to your diet and exercise routine.  A good place to start would be HERE.

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?

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.

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160 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.

  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

  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.

  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

  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.
        Tim.

    • 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.

    • 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

  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. . .

  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!

  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!! :D it’s working :D

  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!

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