Main Article on Palpitations Question: What kinds of treatments have been effective for your palpitations? Submit Your Comment Comment from: klmama39, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 11 I have had palpitations for years. Usually I would get a couple of episodes a month and then they would go away. Last week they decided to show up and not leave. I thought it was my stress/anxiety getting out of control. I had tests done and they came back fine. The emergency room (ER) doctor did see PVCs (premature ventricular contractions). Waiting for the Holter monitor results. The doctor prescribed propranolol which really isn't helping. This stuff is scary and nerve-wracking. Glad I am not the only one. Comment from: Drpg00, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 04 I started having palpitations around 70 days back. Initially they happened in an episodic way, but over a period of time they have become continuous. I got an ECG done, a 2nd echo and a 72 hours Holter monitoring. All normal except for sinus arrythmia. I have been on losartan 25 mg twice daily for a few years now and my blood pressure is under control. But the doctor put me on metoprolol 12.5 mg but the side effects are so bad. I feel so tired all the time. Comment from: Deb13, 65-74 (Patient) Published: August 18 I’m 65. I am on metoprolol 75 mg for migraines, fast heart rate and palpitations. I have a right bundle block. But over time, I’m having less than 50 heart rate per minute. I am getting flip flops all the time! It’s driving me crazy. I think my dose is too high but then the headaches will get worse. Starting to scare me now. I’m overweight as well. Such a vicious circle! Comment from: Going crazy , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 07 I’m so glad I’m not the only one here. I’ve had palpitations for years and since my daughter was exceptionally unwell 3 years ago they seemed to have gotten worse. I’m so worried it is something more sinister. The doctor has prescribed propranolol but the side effects I think are making my anxiety worse. I either cannot go to sleep, or wake up at silly o’clock, and stay awake for hours. Since taking propranolol, my arms and legs ache. Not sure if anyone else experiences this. These palpitations are driving me crazy! Comment from: Jen, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 02 I am 29 and consider myself to be healthy; nonsmoking, rarely drink, healthy eater. My resting heart rate was between 110-130. I thought this was normal. I started experiencing palpitations and went to the emergency room. My rate jumped to 180 on 6 different occasions that night while I was hooked to the ECG. Echo test was fine. I was placed on 50 mg metoprolol twice a day. Heart rate is fine but I’m struggling with the side effects. I am not sleeping and feel very sick at night. Comment from: Billy boy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 06 I’ve been having shortness of breath for the last past 15 years. Made multiple trips to the emergency room (ER). I was always sent home with anxiety medicine. A month ago I was so short of breath I couldn’t say a whole sentence. I knew something was wrong. I went to a cardiologist. He told me I had a mild leaky aortic valve. He brushed it off like it was nothing. I went to a different cardiologist for second opinion, he says he doesn’t see leaky valve. I got happy. But last 3 days I have been having palpitations for longer than usual. Comment from: Emma.L, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 01 I’m 35 and have never suffered palpitations really, had them twice when I was pregnant, but that’s it. Two days ago I had them continuously for around an hour in the morning. I took diazepam and they went, but came back on the evening. I slept well and was fine the next day, but today I have had them all day, really strong, and they’ve made me feel ill. I went to Accident and Emergency and they basically told me it’s my anxiety and never took blood tests. They did an ECG which had a couple of dips but presented normal rhythm. My family have a genetic heart disease, and I’m really worried. Comment from: Chad m, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 17 Just like everyone else, I have palpitations, and it’s almost been a year now. I had all the tests done including a stress test and all came back normal. I have high blood pressure, average of 140/85. The doctor gave me a beta blocker called metoprolol. Anyway, I’ve been taking it for a week. The palpitations haven’t gone away completely, however, they are much better. I can say I know how everyone is feeling, they are so freaking annoying. Comment from: Garrett, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 27 I can certainly understand everyone's frustration, I have suffered from palpitations on and off for years, but it has seemed to be worse and more frequent over the last year. I have also had the blood tests, EKGs, wore the monitor and had an ultrasound type of test last fall, and everything comes back great. I paid attention to things that worked on this forum and tried increasing my water intake, taking multivitamin and zinc, increased my electrolytes via foods, and so far this is the 2nd day of feeling better. IMAGES See Images Comment from: Dylan, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 24 I had palpitations all my life. After many doctors and emergency room visits, they still persisted. About 8 years ago, I was hospitalized for dehydration. Still many palpitations. Then, last summer, I was hospitalized for being dehydrated again. Then, I finally realized, I have been severely dehydrated my entire life. So, I began drinking half my body weight in ounces of water daily. To my surprise, the palpitations stopped, my kidney function stabilized, and I feel much better overall. Comment from: Allison, 25-34 (Patient) Published: February 19 I am a healthy 27 year old. Just a few weeks ago I started having a racing heart and off and on palpitations. I did the 24 hour heart monitor and it showed premature ventricular contractions. I was put on metoprolol 12.5 mg once daily. It's only been a couple days and it seems to help some overall. Hopefully, given more time on metoprolol it will fix things up. I am not sure if it's a medication you have to allow to build up in your system or not. Comment from: Dreamloo724, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05 I started having heart palpitations when I was 25, I am now 50 and I go through bouts where I have them all day for weeks on end or I can go months with a just a few. I'm so incredibly sick of having them! Mine feel like a thud or skipped beat, and I get a little head rush with each one. I have normal/low blood pressure (BP). I've been on 2 different beta blockers, they did nothing for the palpitations but they did lower my BP to 90/60! My doctor prescribed diazepam and it has helped. Comment from: inne, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 22 I started having palpitations at 15 years of age. I learnt to control it by inhaling and then holding my breath for a few seconds (2-5 seconds), sometimes whilst closing my eyes and exhaling slowly, and repeating as needed. The doctors never prescribed anything, and blamed 'teenage hormones'. When I was 29, I had a bad episode where I had palpitations and couldn't breathe. I was misdiagnosed with asthma. Within 1 month I had a blood test and was finally put on thyroid medication. I felt so good! Comment from: Betti, 65-74 (Patient) Published: August 15 I've had palpitations since my husband passed away twelve years ago. They are worse on waking early mornings, they often wake me at 2 am and then 4 am, until l wake at 7 am. It is scary and no cause is found. Metoprolol helped for 7 years but I got bradycardia. Lowered metoprolol from 50 to 37 now palpitations are worse with quivering too but no arrhythmia found. Checking thyroid and parathyroid now. Comment from: Ted, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 09 I had palpitations for almost 40 years. Doctors and emergency room (ER) visits, medications, and still the palpitations. Two months ago, I went to the ER and they said I was dehydrated. They put me on an IV. I had been told this before, but never acted on it. So, finally, I started monitoring the amount of my water intake. I weigh 160 lb. so I drink half my weight in ounces. And remarkably no more palpitations! Hope this works for you. Comment from: Jacobnz, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 06 Metoprolol (Betaloc CR) has worked quite well for my palpitations and I only need a low dose of 24 mg per day. They feel like a pulse in the chest, no pain or dizziness. But still very unnerving which, I think, creates further palpitations from the adrenaline/anxiety. I have only been starting to have them the last 8 months. Comment from: Lizzy M, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 19 I'm 52 and have had type 1 diabetes for 45 years. My heart has been pounding for months. I feel weak and tired when it happens. My doctor prescribed Toprol and it didn't work for the palpitations or my blood pressure. I talked to a homeopathic doctor and she gave me cactus grand for 6 days and Spongia tosta for 30 days. I take (under my tongue) 4 to 6 pills whenever my heart sounds and it pretty much helps immediately. Comment from: jazz, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 18 I am 26. My heart palpitations started at 16. I started using metoprolol whenever I needed it, when I was 22. The following give me palpitations that last for 6 hours sometimes: caffeine, alcohol, large meals, and too salty or sugary food. I have had to take metoprolol once a day, recently this year, a low dose of 25 mg or even less at 12.5 mg at times, I am quite thin and small, so it works for me. Lately I have been getting shortness of breath and fatigue, it might be from the metoprolol. I might have to change medicines. Comment from: Soliel839, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 15 I am 48 and recently had a baby via C-section. After diagnosis with pulmonary embolism I started having palpitations pretty bad and often. My cardiologist recommended metoprolol, and goodness it’s a life saver. I can’t say I don’t have palpitations anymore but so rare and infrequent. Serious life saver. SLIDESHOW Heart Disease: Causes of a Heart Attack See Slideshow Comment from: Mikesway, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 30 I am 49 years old and have never had heart palpitations in my life. I broke my foot 2 years ago and been unable to walk so needless to say I have gained 70 lb. I went to the doctor and they said I have high blood pressure and gave me medications. A week later my heart started doing flip-flops. It scared me and I stopped taking the medicines but the palpitations are still here. So my doctor gave me metoprolol 25 mg. I have refused to take them after reading so much about this drug that it could cause and make palpitations worse. I’m kind of stuck not knowing what to do. Some people say this medicine works and others say not to touch it. I don’t want this palpitation but I don’t want it getting worse either. Comment from: Randie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 11 I am 61 years young. Three months ago, palpitations started. I really thought I was heading towards heart surgery or something. I went to the doctor thinking it was a consequence of my hysterectomy 9 months ago. Not so. I was out on a heart monitor and diagnosis was nasal myocardia or something like that. I was told it was not life threatening. I went to a cardiologist. He put me on .25 mg of metoprolol. It’s the third day on medication today and no more palpitations. So relieved and happy about doctor hitting it on the nail. I sure hope eventually, I can cut back or eliminate medicine. I'm undergoing a heart ultrasound tomorrow to rule out major issues. Comment from: dee, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 18 I tried a multivitamin and initially that helped for 1 week. Then I tried vitamin B complex 100. Comment from: TimH, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 26 I started having palpitations in November 2012 and six, almost seven years later I'm nearly 100 percent better. I want to share what I did to see if it helps others. Not sure of the exact measurements but this is pretty close to the amounts used; 1 tbsp. of Chosen Foods avocado oil, 1/16 teaspoon of Kirkland cold pressed extra virgin organic olive oil, and 1/16 tsp of apple cider vinegar. I take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and right before bed. Saw results fast. Hardly any issues so far. Comment from: ynkefan7 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 22 I read all these stories and it just confirms my opinion that sometimes cardiologists just don’t know why palpitations happen. I’ve been dealing with these extra beats for 25 plus years and they’ve gotten worse since I went through chemotherapy and radiation for stage 3 lung cancer. My blood pressure is already very low and the metoprolol makes it lower, causing dizziness, blurred vision and extreme fatigue. It’s like someone is sitting on my chest playing drums and as if that’s not bad enough, when they do finally stop, I have a terrible headache. It’s frustrating when they blame thyroid; it is ruled out. Hormones are ruled out. Gastroparesis is ruled out. I wish my doctor would just admit he has no idea why it’s happening and maybe bring someone else in on the whole thing. I didn’t survive lung cancer to be beat up daily and for sometimes 8 hours at a time by heart palpitations. There has to be an answer. Comment from: Delith, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 28 I am 68 and I have had palpitations since age 28. They have made my life miserable at times and no medication has helped. Beta blockers drop my blood pressure too low and make me feel exhausted. I have tried many drugs over the years. Comment from: Jen, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 25 I started having palpitations this year and I'm 26 yrs old, sometimes it makes me feel I would die soon, two Sundays ago while I was in church because I belong to the choir group, everything became blur all of a sudden and I could feel myself falling down until the lady beside me held me still and my vision came back gradually, during that short period of obscured vision, I felt a chill from my head to my brain, down my feet, and till now the memory of it scares me. When the palpitation initially started, i was prescribed with propranolol 1x daily, but prior to that Sunday incidence I hadn't taken the drug for about a week as i didn't want to live on drugs, now i take the drug every 2 days. Comment from: Baton Rouge, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 26 Wow. It is a blessing to know I am not the only one going through this. Guys, you all don't know how much I pray and ask God to let me live and be here for my kids. I started having heart palpitations when I was 24 or 25 and I am now 38. I use to go a whole year and maybe have 2 a year. Now, I have them monthly and lately it has been weekly. I use to go to the ER and get Adenosine through IV. I got tired of that. My cardiologist prescribed Metoprolol ER and once I get palpitations, after 15 or 30 minutes. I take one Metoprolor ER and it helps. Again, I don't like being dependent on medicine, but what can you do? I have been blessed not to have pain, dizziness, etc. but blood pressure drops drastically. I think the Metoprolol does that. Every article has given me encouragement. THANK YOU for SHARING!!!!!!! Comment from: unt80, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 I have had palpitations since I was 14. I am now 28. It used to not be very bad, but I have noticed lately that they are getting much worse. I can actually feel it about a second before it starts. I am not overweight, don't smoke or drink. Mine is much, much worse when I am tired or when I am lying down. Rarely do I have a problem when I am actually moving. Comment from: adrie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 I am 23 years old, and three years ago, I started with my palpitations. It was really bad! My heart would race fast, and I'd get really dizzy and pass out. I was in the hospital for two weeks, and they did every test you can think of. I was the youngest one on the cardiac floor and the youngest to have an angiogram performed. It finally went away. They gave me Lopressor to slow down my heart rate. It worked a little. Well that was three years ago, and I've been having palpitations again. Sometimes it feels as if it skips a beat; sometimes it feels as if my heart is working hard to make a beat. I hate this, and it’s scary! They never told me what was wrong. So now, here I am, wondering why its back and hoping it doesn't get to the point it was when I was passing out. Comment from: DoneWithPalps56896, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 03 I got really bad heart palpitations several years ago. I was at my wit's end. I was struggling each and every day to keep my sanity. Every night when I went to bed my heart would just flip and flop all the way until I fell asleep. And when I would rollover in bed, my heart would nearly go into a full blown SVT (supraventricular tachycardia) event. Since then, I have been free of nearly 100 percent of my heart palpitations. One technique that I learned in a book was to breath out during an episode. Stops it! Comment from: GypsyJones, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 12 My hair is falling out badly, not long after getting on metoprolol for palpitations. I have had all the lab tests done for other causes. They came back normal. My doctor doesn’t believe me. Comment from: Meech , 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 06 I’m 23 and been having palpitations since I was 21. They gave me atenolol, but I don’t take them. I have faith everything will be fine. Comment from: Joe, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 28 I started with palpitations once in a while last year. They would happen when watching an exciting ballgame, or during some type of worry. An ECG found nothing. Last week, for a back injury, I was prescribed Ibuprofen. A couple of days later the palpitations came in bunches. I did not immediately think it was related. When they hit me at night, I could not sleep. I've had insomnia for five days. That's when I stopped the medication. I saw my doctor, and besides prescribing an alternate medication, he will shortly do more to help me with the palpitations. Comment from: Chez, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 05 I have had double heart beats every day for over a year. I had an ECG where they could be seen and the doctor started me on 40mg propranolol three times a day. Comment from: mommie4, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 25 I had two babies within 15 months of each other and was in my 40s. Three months after my last child was born, the palpitations started. I have had many tests and no true diagnosis as to why. One doctor says it’s hormonal, but my baby is almost four and I am still having them. Comment from: Beverlybeeb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 02 I am on Toprol XL 25mg daily for palpitations and Cozaar 50mg for hypertension. Monday I had an injection in my knee of cortisone. The palpitations came back the day after the injection. I was finished walking on my treadmill for 30 minutes and they began and haven't gone away yet. Comment from: Worsening Symptoms, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 07 My palpitations started 15 +/- years ago around age 50. I have had very little (to no) caffeine since then and drink minimal amounts of alcohol occasionally. I have been size 8 to 10 and have always exercised. The palpitations have been controlled with medication until the last month. For myself, I believe the entire cause is stress. That is reaffirmed by the comment by the person who was prescribed diazepam and has felt so much better and by the person who lies in the floor and takes deep breaths to relax. Comment from: Chris, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 01 I'm like several others on here. I started experiencing palpitations when I was about 16. I am now 36 and I have been having them roughly once a week for the last 20 years. Initially they only lasted for about 30 seconds, but for the last 10 years or so they have lasted up to several hours. I never experienced fainting or pain, but it is a very "disturbing" experience. Usually my heart rate jumps to around 200 beats per minute and remains regular, but then it will slow down and beat irregularly until it converts back to normal. Comment from: sandy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 19 I started having palpitations when I was 12 and am now 50. I also started my period and was put on thyroid medication that year. I was only on thyroid for a year, but I was also given Lanoxin for the palpitations because that's what my dad was on. (My dad has had this since age 32). Several years later I realized that the Lanoxin had no effect and I stopped taking it. I typically have episodes several times per year. They have occurred 3x in one week or once in 6 months. The rate is often 230+ beats per min. At first there seemed to be no precipitating factors but after a few years of recording it I noticed they sometimes would happen when I would bend over toward the floor while standing or when I would roll over in bed. I have always been able to stop them by lying down on the floor and taking a couple of deep breaths and they would stop suddenly - until recently. Now I have had 2 episodes when I could not get them to stop and after an hour I slowly went back to regular rhythm. Last week I was near my doctor's office when I could not get the palpitations to stop and I got there in time for an EKG. For the first time in 40 years, I have documentation Comment from: Verena, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 29 Valsalva maneuver & metoprolol, trying not to overdo the caffeine. Comment from: Fred, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 10 I have had palpitations for the past 20 years and I just had to put up with it as nothing seemed to work. Last year, my doctor put me on diazepam tablets. It was the best thing to ever happen to me. I haven’t had a single day of palpitations when I used to get them every day. Comment from: Reggie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 30 I have of late had palpitations and last night and three nights ago laying in bed my heart was racing for no apparent reason. I am premenopausal and recently had hot flashes. My blood pressure has been high lately and this entire ordeal is freaking me out. Comment from: Cader, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 06 My first episode of palpitation started 16 years ago. As advised by the Doctor, ECG and ECHO cardiac was done and found to be normal. When I inquired from the Doctor asking the underline reasons, he advised to reduce Tea and Coffee. Since then I had only very few episodes that was due to very heavy meals and increase caffeine intake.