An arrhythmia (also called dysrhythmia) is an irregular heartbeat. Heart rates can also be irregular. A normal heart rate is 50 to 100 beats per minute. Arrhythmias and abnormal heart rates do not necessarily occur together. They can occur with a normal heart rate, or with heart rates that are slow (called bradyarrhythmias — less than 60 beats per minute). It can also occur with rapid heart rates (called tachyarrhythmias — faster than 100 beats per minute). In the United States, more than 850,000 people are hospitalized for an arrhythmia each year.
Symptoms of Palpitations
An arrhythmia can be silent and not cause any symptoms. A doctor can detect an irregular heartbeat during a physical exam by taking your pulse or through an electrocardiogram (ECG).
When symptoms occur, they may include:
- Palpitations (a feeling of skipped heartbeats, fluttering or “flip-flops,” or feeling that your heart is “running away”)
- Pounding in your chest
- Dizziness or feeling light-headedness
- Shortness of breath
- Chest discomfort
- Weakness or fatigue (feeling very tired)
- Coronary artery disease
- Electrolyte imbalances in your blood (such as sodium or potassium)
- Changes in your heart muscle
- Injury from a heart attack
- Healing process after heart surgery
- Irregular heart rhythms can also occur in “normal, healthy” hearts.
Natural Medicine for Heart Palpitations
Grapes are one of the most effective home remedies for heart palpitation. The patient should take the juice of this fruit at frequent intervals. This will relieve the condition.
The use of guava is another effective home remedy for palpitation of the heart. The patient should eat a ripe guava daily on an empty stomach. It is especially beneficial if this disorder caused by nervousness and anemia.
Snake Gourd Leaves
The leaves of snake gourd have been found beneficial in the treatment of palpitation of the heart. The juice of these leaves should be extracted and given in doses of one to two tablespoons thrice daily.
Honey has proved valuable in overcoming this condition. It is considered an excellent food for the heart is easily digested and assimilated. The patient should take a glass of water, mixed with a tablespoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon, before going to bed.
The herb Indian spikenard is also beneficial in the treatment of palpitation of the heart. This herb stimulates the action of the heart. It should be taken in doses of two to three grams with the addition of a pinch of camphor and cinnamon. It can also be taken as an infusion in doses of 30 to 60 ml, three times a day.
Aniseed and Dry Coriander
A mixture of powdered aniseed, dry coriander, and jaggery can also be used beneficially in the treatment of this condition. Equal quantities of each of these three substances should be powdered. About six grams of this mixed powder should be taken after each meal by the patient suffering from palpitation of the heart.