Do Hormone Changes Cause Heart Palpitations?
Can heart palpitations be related to hormone levels in women?
At some point in their lives, most people have heart palpitations, which are caused by a deviation from the normal heartbeat. Palpitations can range in severity from a mild fluttering to a pounding beat or even to a feeling that the heart has stopped, and they can be often linked to stimulants like caffeine, nicotine use, or too much alcohol. But palpitations can also occur due to the hormonal changes related to pregnancy, menstruation, and the decreased estrogen levels associated with perimenopause and menopause. Some women who use hormone therapy to counteract menopausal symptoms (such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness) also complain of heart palpitations. Other possible causes include anxiety and stress, lack of sleep, and exercising too strenuously.
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In most people, heart palpitations are harmless (benign) and cause no damage to the heart itself. Nor do they represent underlying heart disease. In general, the palpitations improve when one of the above conditions or causes goes away. But if you are experiencing new symptoms of light-headedness, loss of consciousness, chest pain, or shortness of breath, or if you have a history of heart disease or a previous heart attack, you should discuss your symptoms with your doctor. A complete physical examination with blood tests, an electrocardiogram, and an echocardiogram should reveal any serious underlying problem.