There are few things more worrisome than palpitations that come every few seconds and won’t seem to go away easily. Being a Cardiac Electrophysiologist, I have focused on permanent solution that will remove cause of heart palpitations but there are some temporary techniques/solutions that will hopefully stop or slow them down these for a while.
Of these various techniques, some work better than others, but all of them are worth trying. Just remember, only attempt these for a while and consult me if the palpitations persist.
Techniques to Stop Heart Palpitations Immediately:
Cold Water: Splashing ice cold water on your face or taking a cold shower may significantly restores your normal heart rhythm. I am sure this works for some people.
Cough: Yes, a few bouts of vigorous coughing may supposedly reset the rhythm of your heart. For many it seems to work.
Bear Down: There is no real polite way to say this, but the whole idea is to clinch your stomach muscles to mimic the act of going to the bathroom – pushing out a bowl movement (careful here…you don’t perform it if having history of heart attack or having gone angioplasty). For some reason this reroutes the circuits and the palpitations sometimes go away or at least slow down a little.
Valsalva Manoeuvre: A large cause of heart palpitations is the vagus nerve. So stimulating the vagus nerve, which can affect heart rate, will sometimes stop palpitations and possibly restore your normal heart beat. To do it hold your nose and close your mouth while attempting to breathe out with some force (think of blowing up a balloon). Another technique is to make a fist and blow into it like you are blowing up a balloon. If done correctly, you may experience immediate relief from your palpitations.
Deep Breathing Exercises: Deep breathing exercises are great for reducing anxiety and can certainly help slow down your heart rate, which can reduce your palpitations.
Exercise: I prefer this technique best. I cannot always exercise when I have a bad run of heart palpitations, especially at night. But if I have some time in the morning or afternoon, a good cardio workout where I can get my heart rate up for an extended amount of time does wonders to restore my normal heart beat…at least for a while.
Keep in mind that these are only temporary relief techniques for stopping heart palpitations. For more permanent relief, you will need consultation.
A good place to start would be HERE.
So what do you think? Do any of this work for you? Do you know of any other techniques or exercises that stop heart palpitations immediately?