Re: heart palpitations
Palpitations can be very uncomfortable, and it is important when you are having them to get an idea of what your heart rate and rhythm is, ie, is it too fast (over 100 at rest) or is it irregular in rhythm. Sometimes an over active thyroid gland can cause palpitations, fast rate and anxiety. A blood test to check your thyroid is a good idea just to rule out a treatable cause for it. An echocardiogram can be helpful too, just to make sure the heart valves are normal. Beta blockers are used often to reduce rate and force of contraction that can cause palpitations. It tends to lower BP as well. Some people find it lowers their exercise tolerance, as they dampen the normal increase in heart rate that exercise triggers. I would consider all those factors and discuss it with your Dr. To see if a beta blocker might be appropriate. Some of them can cause depression so beware of that potential side effect and make sure they are compatible with your other meds. BTW, welcome to the board. Hope you get some helpful advice here.