Be still your beat­ing heart

Prevention (Australia) - - Everyday Health -

As women ap­proach menopause they may some­times ex­pe­ri­ence sud­den and rapid flut­ter­ing or pound­ing sen­sa­tions in their chest or they may feel as though their heart­beat has sud­denly sped up.“Th­ese pal­pi­ta­tions can be as­so­ci­ated with hor­monal fluc­tu­a­tions and are of­ten trig­gered by hot flushes,” ex­plains Pro­fes­sor Garry Jen­nings, the Heart Foun­da­tion’s chief med­i­cal ad­vi­sor.“Mostly they are un­com­fort­able though harm­less, but women should still seek advice to rule out other causes, in­clud­ing over­ac­tive thy­roid, or heart ar­rhyth­mias.” Caf­feine, stress, anx­i­ety, ex­ces­sive ex­er­cise, and some med­i­ca­tions can also trig­ger heart pal­pi­ta­tions.

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