During perimenopause phase, many physical and emotional symptoms of menopause may start to occur because of the fluctuation of hormone levels. These symptoms include hot flashes and night sweats, heart palpitations, mood swings, etc. Both the physical and emotional symptoms you felt during your perimenopause stage may be carried on or disappear after you’re menopause.
Let’s look further at heart palpitation during perimenopause, menopause and post menopause period in this article.
Heart palpitation is when the heart races repeatedly without any sign of stopping. It’s not only extremely uneasy, it’s thoroughly frightening. Too hasty contractions make the heart to beat twice very rapidly, causing additional blood to enter the heart on the third beat. This raised amount of blood causes the heart contract even more.
The occasional sensation that your heart “skips a beat” doesn’t essentially show the presence of a serious health problem. For menopausal women, heart palpitations should be monitored by their healthcare provider to check for a mitral valve prolapse which is a mild deformity of a heart valve.
In essence, heart palpitation is a forceful pulsation that can sometimes be caused by stress. Stress can come from menopausal symptoms like irregular periods, annoying ringing of the ears (tinnitus), insomnia, panic attacks, depression, and everyday occurrences like the simple yelling and shouting of a child at the playground.
When you perceive a stressor, hormones form your brain pass into the bloodstream alerting the adrenal glands. In response they secrete corticosteroid hormone including cortisol.
When cortisol heightens up to some point (sometimes twenty fold), the body speeds up its blood sugar burning capacity supplying an immediate surge of energy. This will make your heart to beat faster in order to pump oxygen-rich blood more quickly into your body tissues. Excessive cortisol can lead to diabetes or hypertension, so you should be more aware about it. Try to reduce and manage stress by practicing some relaxing techniques like yoga, meditation and Pilates.
Besides, excessive caffeine consumption and smoking can worsen this condition. Alcohol and coffee are known to stimulate the heart’s activities, making it to work much harder than it has to.
In order to avoid rapid heart beat and palpitations, it is best to refrain from stress and maintain a healthy diet.
In conclusion, heart palpitations occur when you can sense the heart skipping a beat or beating very fast within a specific time period. The fluctuation of hormone levels is often considered as the cause of heart palpitations. When menopause and palpitations occur simultaneously, it usually does not indicate any health problems and often fade away after a few months. However, you should consult your doctor immediately if your heart rate seems to be extremely high. In addition, many women may experience some sort of menopause and post menopause symptoms like pounding heart or heart palpitations during their perimenopause period too.