Facebook Pixel

Palpitations or just stress?

By April 22, 2008 - 7:31pm
Rate This

Because I've been feeling palpitations for some time, and it has been hard to tell what triggers them, I went to my doctor. About $1500 later, most of that for the Holter monitor that tracked my heart activity. There were small anomalies found, nothing regarded serious by the cardiologist or my doctor. I've not been put on heart medication, which I guess is a good sign.

I'm not even sure how to ask this question: do you ever feel palpitations, breathlessness and dizziness, or do you chalk up your sensations to stress and tiredness? Does your doctor think you're losing your mind when you discuss something that isn't registering on any monitoring devices?

Add a Comment3 Comments

I've recently been put on a statin for high cholesterol, so my doc is being cautious about meds for the palpitations, especially because she has no clue what's causing them. The statin does make me drowsy, but I don't necessarily get a good night's sleep; and I've gained and retained about 4 lbs. Not a good thing, since I'm trying to lose 20.

It's good to hear you got an answer to your heart flutterings.

April 24, 2008 - 6:52pm


I feel them often.

I was recently diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia and if it wasn't for my job interviewing the experts here at EmpowHer I would have thought nothing of the racing heart and flutterings.

What medication has your doctor put you on?

My meds knock me out for nearly 12 hrs per night.

It's good and bad.


April 23, 2008 - 8:56pm

I had palpitations for some time and after testing, it ended up being hyperthyroidism. It cleared by itself because it was pregnancy related but hyperthyroidism causes palpitations, as does sleeplessness, caffeine, stress, heart problems and more. Which is a pain, because where do you start?!

My doctors were good about it, but I'd be interested in hearing from others...

April 23, 2008 - 1:00pm
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.

Heart Disease

Get Email Updates

Heart Disease Guide

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.


Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!