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How To Handle Heart Palpitations

Watch more How to Handle a Medical Problem videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Take steps to control heart palpitations. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Seek emergency treatment if palpitations cause loss of consciousness or are accompanied by shortness of breath, chest pain, unusual sweating, dizziness, or lightheadedness. Step 1: Track the palpitations Keep track of how often you have palpitations, when they occur, their duration, your heart rate when you experience them, and how you felt at the time. Determine whether they are associated with certain activities, events, or feelings. Warning Consult your doctor immediately if you suddenly experience new or different palpitations or if you are at risk for heart disease when they occur, if you are experiencing frequent extra heartbeats, or if your pulse is greater than 100 beats per minute. Step 2: Reduce stress Reduce your stress and anxiety levels. Use stress reducing techniques, such as meditation or tai chi to prevent palpitations. Tip If palpitations occur, use deep breathing and muscle relaxation techniques to reduce their severity. Step 3: Don't smoke Cut back on caffeine and do not smoke. Be careful about using decongestants that contain pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine. Step 4: Eat healthy foods Maintain a well-balanced, low-fat diet. Eat enough to avoid low blood sugar levels, and drink plenty of fluids. Step 5: Exercise Exercise regularly, and be sure to get enough sleep. Step 6: Watch your blood pressure and cholesterol Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels to keep them under control. Did You Know? Before 1900, when walking was the most common means of transportation, very few people died of heart disease.
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