Irregular heartbeat is one of the more concerning menopause symptoms. Bouts of pounding, rapid heartbeat scare many women because of their sudden onset and the difficulty in calming them. One of the causes of these symptoms during menopause is hormonal imbalance.
Estrogen deficiency can over-stimulate the nervous and circulatory systems, causing irregular heartbeat and palpitations, as well as certain arrhythmias.
As with any heart condition, this symptom could signify something more serious, so it’s important for women experiencing it to report it to a doctor. Stress, anxiety, and panic disorder are all other causes of this symptom which should be explored before considering a treatment option. Other triggers of irregular heartbeat to be avoided include caffeine and nicotine.
Symptoms of Irregular Heartbeat
- Feeling the heart has skipped a beat
- Pounding in the chest, throat, or neck
- Heartbeat awareness
- Increased pulse rate
- Rapid heartbeat
Symptoms may also be accompanied by
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Shortness of breath
- Chest discomfort
- Feelings of panic or anxiety
- Weakness or fatigue
Causes of Irregular Heartbeat
During menopause, the most common cause of irregular heartbeat is fluctuations in estrogen levels. While this is the most common explanation for irregular heartbeat during menopause, other medical conditions can also cause or contribute to irregular heartbeat. It is important to understand all of these possible causes of irregular heartbeat.
Recent advances in cardiovascular medicine have helped experts to understand the significant role of estrogen in heart function. As a woman approaches menopause, the levels of estrogen produced by her endocrine system fluctuate and eventually decline, which can have a significant effect on her cardiovascular system.
Estrogen and the Cardiovascular System
Estrogen has a proven effect on the:
- Metabolism and disposition of cholesterol
- Plasma levels of high and low density lipoproteins (H/LDL).
- Smooth muscle cell proliferation in arterial wall
- Stimulates widening and inhibits constriction of coronary arteries
- Modulates autonomic nervous system, which works to regulate heartbeat
For example, diminished estrogen levels can result in the overstimulation of the sympathetic autonomic nervous system, which can cause irregular heartbeat and heart palpitations.
Studies have found that declining levels in estrogen during perimenopause are correlated with irregular heartbeats, increased palpitation frequency, and non-threatening arrhythmias.
Although changes in estrogen are the most common cause of irregular heartbeat during menopause, other medical conditions and medications can also cause or contribute to irregular heartbeat. While these possible causes are numerous, some of the more common are described below.
Medical Causes of Irregular Heartbeat
- Overactive thyroid
- Fever, anemia
- Low levels of oxygen in the blood
- Certain medications
- Heart arrhythmia
- Heart disease
- Diet Pills
- Drug abuse
The type of treatment necessary to address irregular heartbeat will often depend on this underlying cause of this cardiovascular symptom. For menopausal women who are experiencing irregular heartbeat caused by changes in estrogen production, the best irregular heartbeat treatment is often a combination of lifestyle changes and alternative medicines.
Lifestyle changes can help to reduce the incidence of irregular heartbeat during menopause.
- Reducing intake of caffeine can significantly reduce heart palpitations. Limiting consumption of stimulants, cigarettes, and alcohol can also treat irregular heartbeat.
- Practicing breathing exercises, or other relaxation techniques can also reduce or prevent irregular heartbeat during menopause.
While these lifestyle changes can greatly reduce the incidence and intensity of irregular heartbeat, they are unable to get at the root cause of hormonal imbalance. Additionally, it can be difficult for the busy woman to integrate many major lifestyle changes into her daily routine.
Fortunately, there are natural, non-invasive ways to successfully treat irregular heartbeat during menopause. Alternative medicines are a safe, effective, and non-invasive method of treating irregular heartbeat and other symptoms of menopause. These are able to get at the root cause of hormonal imbalance without the risks posed by more invasive medical alternatives.
For women who do not find relief from a combination of lifestyle and natural treatments, medical options are available.
As an alternative treatment for menopausal irregular heartbeat, we recommend the Manna Menopause Support, which contains phyto-estrogens and isoflavones to help increase estrogen levels in the most natural way.
If you need to reduce your cholesterol levels in the most natural way, follow the Manna Diet as given in the free e-book. You can also take the Manna Cholesterol Support which can help to increase the HDL (good cholesterol) and decrease the LDL (bad cholesterol).