Main Article on Palpitations (Causes, During Pregnancy, Symptoms, Treatment) Question: What kinds of treatments have been effective for your palpitations? Submit Your Comment 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. 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: 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. IMAGES See Images 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: 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. SLIDESHOW Heart Disease: Causes of a Heart Attack See Slideshow 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.