Gaze at the clock and put your hands on your chest… prick up your ears. Can you hear that?
Lub-DUB, tick-tock, lub-DUB, tick-tock … and the result of this coordination is the flow of life in your veins. As you gaze at the clock, count your heartbeat… one … two … three … sixty… one hundred. Then, look at the clock again. Minute hand has gone once around the clock and it does the same continuously; exactly like your heart, that pumps blood in a nonstop routine. Now that you feel your heart beat, you can better understand what beating means.
Without a doubt, you’ve experienced this beating in different moments … the moment of your child being born, the moment you applied for a university in your favorite field, the moment you hugged your loved ones, and you fell all the joy flowing throughout your heart. In fact, this beating ties the above-mentioned feelings to a fully developed and advanced system called heart that controls the body’s blood flow.
Above all, the aim of this writing is to make you more familiar with heart palpitations, its causes, and the ways to prevent from it and to cope successfully with it. In order to achieve this goal and better understand the heart beating and heart palpitations disease, we need to look at the heart and its structure. This allows us that besides familiarity with this well-constructed structure; we can also create a clearer picture of the combination of these two words, “heart + beating “.
Let’s pass through the blood vessels along with blood flow! Explore he circulatory system, enter the heart and observe it live, while it is functioning.
From heart beat to its anatomy; learn more about heart rate
Obviously, the human heart is one of the most advanced systems found in nature and his/her body structure. Moreover, there is a marvelous harmony between its different parts. This extraordinary organ consists of four cavities (two atriums above and two ventricles at the bottom). A wall separates these holes. Despite this wall, the only way to connect these cavities is through the valves that are in the gap between the cavities.
Now, suppose that along with blood flow, we enter the right side of the heart. You can see that the blood that is on the right side of the heart differs from what is on the left. In fact, this is the difference between different amounts carbon dioxide and oxygen.
The blood on the right side of the heart contains more carbon dioxide than oxygen. Therefore. It’s darker than the left side blood. Conversely, on the left side of your heart, there is more oxygen than carbon dioxide.
The blood that carries food and oxygen to the whole body must go straight to the right ventricle to re-do this responsibility. Then, it enters the right ventricle and enters the respiratory system through the artery. This time, besides exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide, it enters the left atrium through the pulmonary vein. However, it contains more oxygen than carbon dioxide in this order.
Then, the blood flows from the left atrium to the left ventricle (located in the lower and the left side of the heart, exactly the same point of the chest that you can fully feel when you put your hand on it). Next, it is pumped to all of the body organs through aortic valve. It’s exactly the moment that we feel and hear a heartbeat that is accompanied by contraction of the left ventricle wall; this is a promise to continue to living.
What is “beating + heart”?
The normal heart rate is something between 60 and 100 beats per minute in adults, which may be lower while resting. For instance, an athlete’s heart rate may be 40 beats per minute, which is quite normal. However, feelings like fear, stress, etc. and physical activities, excessive smoking, etc. may cause an abnormal and irregular heartbeat.
Just as you put your hand on your chest, you feel that your heart is pounding and even, shaking your chest. In this case, your heart muscles contract severely and your heart rate significantly increases. This is when the heartbeat that just gave you a pleasant sensation of life, creates an unpleasant sensation called “heart palpitations”.
This irregular and racing heartbeat is not only true in the case of beating fast, it can also occur with slow heartbeats. Both two conditions can cause problems. In other words, there is no difference between a rapid or slow heart rate; irregular heartrate can cause problems for you. They call it arrhythmia (lack of rhythm and order) in medical science. If this arrhythmia is in the form of a pulsing pace, it causes heart palpitations disease.
Heart palpitation causes, symptoms and treatment methods
We have become somewhat familiar with heart structure and a general understanding of this disease until now. However, you may have some questions. By examining these questions, we can identify some of the causes of the disease. In addition, according to these factors, we will prevent from it or treat it.
In the following, I will examine some of these questions, which are in the area of hereditary and external factors influencing heart beating.
Question: can we relate heart palpitations to genetic disorder that have existed since the moment of embryo formation? (even before, it was in the genome of our parents)? In other words, can we say that the onset of heart palpitations is hereditary?
In fact, if some of one’s close family members have died a sudden death because of heart diseases, chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive fatigue (which can be due to anemia, the anemia itself may have hereditary roots and causes heart palpitations by lowering blood oxygen and iron), inability to exercise and dizziness, the danger alarm has been sounded for you. The danger alarm tells you about the possible heart palpitations that you may develop.
What should I do now?
If you are sure of having a hereditary heart palpitation, the best thing to do is to deal correctly with, prevent from it and as a result, reduce its complications. But how? First, with the help of a device called electrocardiograph, which Willem Einthoven invented it many years ago by. This device records your heart function on an electrocardiogram (ECG) and, after a doctor analyzes it; he will tell you whether you have this disease or not. Then, the doctor will tell you what the best treatments are and what you should do, depending on your condition, the ECG analysis and the root cause of the problem.
In the remainder of this article, by studying the external factors (non-hereditary) effective in causing and preventing from heart palpitations, you will be able to be familiar with a number of these treatments methods make use them under the supervision of your doctor.
2. External (non-hereditary) factors
Question: Can external factors such as foods, emotional conditions and drug side effects cause heart palpitations? If yes, how should we deal with them?
First, we will begin giving answer to this question by focusing on foods, then on emotional conditions and finally, by focusing on drug side effects.
What foods can increase heart rate?
One of the external factors that can cause heart palpitations is food. Perhaps, you’ve experienced having a rapid heartbeat after eating. If you are of those people who eats and drinks a lot of caffeinated and sugar-rich foods and drinks, it’s no wonder you have a heartbeat. In fact, caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and accelerates the heart rate, which can lead to heart palpitations. Excessive sugar intake can also increase blood glucose; affects the normal functioning of blood vessels and cause problems for them. Consequently, heart rate increases, which ultimately leads to heart palpitations.
I can also mention heavy smoking, taking methamphetamine and crack cocaine. Besides heart, these affect other organs of the body, as well.
What foods can reduce heart palpitations?
There are more foods and drinks reducing heart palpitations than foods and drinks increasing it. If you are of those who cannot stop using caffeinated and sugar-rich drinks or foods (like coffee, tea, energy drinks) quickly, you can start this way; as you reduce eating and drinking foods and drinks that heart palpitations, you increase using foods and drinks reducing it. The best option to start is water. Yes, water! Water thins the blood (just like speed bumps that are set up in the streets to regulate the speed and prevent accidents). As a result, body blood flow improves. So do not overlook this blessing.
In the following, we will introduce some other drinks that have been scientifically been prove to improve heart palpitations.
Orange blossom Syrup
Using this syrup actually helps you to calm your nervous system and by improving sleep quality, regulates your heart-rate.
Pumpkin leaf juice
Pumpkin contains components that calm your nervous system. You can also boil the leaves of this plant in a water and drink it. Then you will see the wonderful benefits of this drink.
In addition, plants such as cowpea, lemon beebrush, dracocephalum and valerian have the same benefits. You can also boil them in water and drink them.
Grapes and honey; the miraculous effect of these two
Undoubtedly, it is hard to find a person who is not aware of the benefits of grapes. Honey thins the blood and as a result, blood flow improves. In result, heart palpitations reduce.
The remedial use of honey has a history of about 5000 years. It has numerous benefits. Here, we will mention only a few of them. Firstly, honey contains enzymes that dissolve fat. Secondly, eating honey results in the loss of the internal fat of the veins and, by dilating the veins, improves the circulation of the blood. As a result, your heart function is improved. It’s also effective in reducing heart rate. In addition, glucose in honey can be a good alternative to sugar (which increases blood glucose level greatly, resulting in increasing heart beat).
Therefore, by adhering to a good diet and avoiding harmful foods and drinks, we can play a significant role in creating a healthy future life for ourselves.
It is natural and normal that we sometimes experience stress, depression, fear or shock in our lives. If we are exposed to these pressures too much, heart palpitations is waiting for us. In these cases, depending on the root of the problem, we can take different treatments and approaches. For example, if you are over-stressed and anxious, you can use medication, psychotherapy and sports therapy (like yoga) after consultation with the relevant specialist. It is important to consult your doctors first and then, make any decisions.
Drug side effects
Chemical drugs are made from the combination of certain chemical elements and substances can be very effective in the incidence of palpitations. Honestly speaking, we should admit that some of us by the first pain like toothache, stomachache etc. we feel in our body, and we feel depressed, go to a doctor and start using many drugs. If the body is in its normal state, does not require drugs or requires only a small amount of them, excessive and inappropriate use of them is considered a violation to the normal state and nature of the body. The results of this can be irreparable. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you take any medicines or drugs only under the supervision of your doctor.
You should look at the list of medications you use and consult with your doctor. After that, your doctor can prescribe a stop in using them, replace them with new ones or adjust their dose to the extent that not cause heart palpitation.
The final word
By reading this article, one can find that most of heart diseases, especially heart palpitations is preventable, controllable and treatable by lifestyle modifications, dietary modifications and developing a strong spirit. In addition, you can remind yourself that a healthy heart is one of our most important assets. Therefore, we must do our bests in protecting this valuable asset. This active and prolific organ beats from the very beginning of our life until the very end of it. It is always with us, and gives harmony and life to all other body organs.