TREATMENT OPTIONS

In most cases, no treatment will be needed. Other times, heart palpitations are treated with lifestyle changes or medication.

Lifestyle Changes

To help control heart palpitations, simple lifestyle changes can be implemented:

  • Reduce your anxiety level with deep breathing or relaxation exercise such as yoga or tai chi
  • Limit alcohol
  • Limit caffeine
  • Avoid smoking and tobacco products
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid activities and medications that seem to trigger the palpitations
  • Avoid illegal drugs

Medications

Your healthcare team may decide that your heart palpitations can be controlled with medication or by making changes to your current medication. After determining the cause of your palpitations, your doctor can prescribe the appropriate medication.

These quick and easy tools are designed to provide your doctor with information that may help guide your care. Complete them and take the answers to your next doctor’s visit

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