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6 Reasons You May Be Getting Heart Palpitations

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4) After Eating

Palpitations after eating may be related to what you ate, to your body position or even to what emotions you experienced during and after the meal. Spicy or rich food could cause heartburn in some, leading to heart palpitations. An ingredient in the food like MSG, or even an allergen, might lead to heart palpitations, reported Healthline.com.

Some people may develop palpitations upon standing up after eating. Even the act of swallowing has been reported to cause atrial fibrillation.

If the meal itself was emotionally stressful, this could bring on extra heartbeats, and not have anything to do with the actual food eaten.

5) Hormones

Heart palpitations can occur due to hormone swings during hot flashes in perimenopause and menopause. “After hot flashes, palpitations are the second most common complaint associated with perimenopause, and they can be scary,” explained Maribel Hernandez, MD, an electrophysiologist at Lankenau Medical Center.

Palpitations are also common during pregnancy.

6) Working the Night Shift

Sometimes the causes of heart palpitations are not straightforward. As a young nurse, I developed palpitations from working the night shift. My body did not tolerate the change in my circadian rhythm.

However, before the doctor determined that was the problem, I was sent to have an echocardiogram and an EKG to make sure my heart was healthy.

Remember, if you try to rid yourself of palpitations by avoiding suspected causes without success, do seek medical help. It's important to make sure there is nothing else going on that may be contributing to your irregular heart rhythm.

Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in woman’s health care and quality of care issues.

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Lankenau Heart Institute. Heart Palpitations: How Common Are They and Should You Worry? Retrieved Feb. 14, 2016.

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