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Can menopause cause heart palpitations?

Some women in their late 40s are frightened by their hearts beating fast in their chests for no apparent reason. This symptom, called a heart palpitation, is caused by the heart beating irregularly or missing one or two beats. Though this symptom can be associated with several types of serious heart-related conditions, it is also common during the transition to menopause and typically is not related to heart disease. For example, a woman's heart rate can increase seven to 15 beats during a hot flash.

If you think you are experiencing heart palpitations:
  • See your healthcare professional immediately if you have shortness of breath; pounding or irregular heartbeat; dizziness; nausea; pain in the neck, jaw, arm or chest that comes and goes or tightness in the chest. Any could be a sign of a serious heart condition.
  • Ask your healthcare professional to rule out conditions that may cause heart palpitations, such as thyroid disorders.
  • Ask your healthcare professional about appropriate options for relieving heart palpitations, such as decreasing caffeine, and whether any medications are needed.

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