Do you suffer from palpitations?

The headline may sound a bit strange, because your heart only beats when you are alive. This makes keeping the heart beating essential. Of course, we are talking about palpitations other than the heart that continues to calmly pump blood through the body. Normally you do not feel your heart beating, if not with palpitations. It can make people panic, but where does it come from and what can you do about it?

What is it?

It is actually very simple if you have palpitations (officially called palpitations), you feel your heart beating in the body. In most cases you will feel your heart beating strongly and faster and sometimes it also feels irregular. In itself it does not have to cause any problems and is not a cause for concern, but if you do not quickly recognize it in yourself, it can scare you.

The heart rate basically adapts to what the body has to do. People may recognize it if they exercise vigorously or are intensely emotional. A normal heart rate varies from 60 to 90 heartbeats per minute and during exertion it can rise to around 160 heartbeats per minute. The moment you stop exercising, the heart rate returns to normal. At least if the process goes well.

Additional complaints

In addition to palpitations that are different from intense physical or mental exertion, even more complaints can arise if you suffer from palpitations. To know:

  • Tingling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Nauseous
  • Oppressive headache
  • Dry mouth

How does it arise?

The reasons are diverse and the best known, and not dangerous under normal circumstances, is physical exertion. Walking is becoming increasingly popular, especially in different circumstances than in our flat country. For example, if you go hiking in the mountains and you hike at a higher altitude, you may also experience palpitations. Usually you just have to get used to the height. If you have psychological problems or are highly emotional, it can happen to you too. Furthermore, there are some substances that can cause palpitations, such as:

  • Use of cocaine.
  • Magnesium deficiency.
  • Significant smoking or alcohol use.
  • Use a lot of caffeine in the form of coffee or cola, for example.
  • If you have eaten a large and also a spicy meal.

In addition, there are some conditions that can cause palpitations, namely:

  • Heart disease
  • High bloodpressure
  • Anemia
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Pneumonia
  • Hyperventilation
  • Thyroid problems

You can also consider issues such as poisoning and various allergic reactions.

What to do?

This means that if you notice it yourself and the increased heart rate does not return to a normal heart rate, even if you sit down quietly for a while, it may be useful to consult your doctor. In consultation with your GP, an ECG can be made, but there are also medications that can help. The so-called beta blockers are often prescribed.

However, in addition to treating the symptoms, it is also important to determine the cause of your palpitations. Spending your life on medication, while something could possibly be done about the cause, is a waste and unnecessary. If your doctor does not do this on his own, then you can discuss it with your doctor.


You cannot always prevent it yourself, but a healthy lifestyle (body and mind) will help. Furthermore, it is good to relax regularly and not to panic immediately if you ever experience palpitations. It goes without saying that if it does not go away, you should consult your doctor.