What is the treatment of Heart Palpitations?

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Jan 06, 2013

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Treatment depends on the cause of the palpitations. Most palpitations are harmless and often go away on their own. In these cases, no treatment is needed.

Avoiding Triggers

Your palpitations may be harmless but bothersome. If so, your doctor may suggest avoiding things that trigger them. Your doctor may advise you to:

  • Reduce anxiety and stress - Anxiety and stress, including panic attacks, are a common cause of harmless palpitations. Relaxation exercises, yoga or tai chi, biofeedback or guided imagery, or aromatherapy may help you relax.
  • Avoid or limit stimulants, such as caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, or amphetamines.
  • Avoid illegal drugs, such as cocaine
  • Avoid medicines that act as stimulants, such as cough and cold medicines and some herbal and nutritional supplements.

Treating Medical Conditions That May Cause Palpitations


Your doctor will try to help you control medical conditions (such as an overactive thyroid) that can cause palpitations. If you're taking medicine that's causing the palpitations, your doctor will try to find a different medicine for you.

If your palpitations are the result of an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), your doctor may choose to treat them with medicines or procedures.


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