Heart Palpitations in Perimenopause, Menopause & Postmenopause
Protocols for Specific Menopause Symptoms
First and foremost, it must be said that heart disease must be taken very seriously, and each women should have any questions about her heart answered by her a qualified healthcare professional. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, and heart disease is often under-diagnosed (or missed) during medical evaluation. If you think you have heart disease see a cardiologist and ask for a cardiac stress tests and an echocardiogram. You may also need to have your thyroid hormones tested, because hyperthyroid (excessive thyroid hormones) can occur, such as Grave’s disease. Do not minimize your symptoms, or let anyone tell you it is “only stress”, or you only need anti-anxiety medicine. Ask a loved one to be your health advocate if needed.
That being said, it’s important to realize that heart palpitations are one of the symptoms associates with vasomotor instability in menopause. Other symptoms associates with vasomotor instability in menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, cold extremities, mood changes, etc. These symptoms all occur when shifts in hormone levels affect the circulation in such a way that it no longer has the smooth and gentle tone that is required for optimal circulation. Decreased estrogen, testosterone, and/or progesterone may be associated with palpitations. When testosterone levels are low there may be increased angina, which of course requires medical attention.
Heart palpitations can be caused by anxiety and stress, as well as hypoglycemia. Since hypoglycemia and other forms of blood sugar imbalance increasingly occur in perimenopause, menopause & postmenopause women, blood sugar disorders should be considered when evaluating night sweats in women.
Imbalances or poor function of estrogen, testosterone or progesterone, or problems with blood sugar could each contribute in varying ways to interfering with healthy heart function, causing palpitations. Preserving optimal function of the heart also requires healthy lifestyle and dietary habits as discussed in Hormone Health Guidelines. In most cases, women who experience palpitations associated with menopause also experience other symptoms, which you can analyze with the Menopause Type® Questionnaire.
Treat the Hormonal Cause
This protocol is designed to be personalized based on specific needs of each person. Possible causes for the vasomotor instability that contribute to palpitations include; decreased estrogen function; decreased testosterone function, decreased progesterone function & / or abnormal blood sugar function as outlined below. . Phytotherapies can support the normal function of hormone producing glands, and improve the function of the tissues that respond to hormones. Giving attention to other symptoms will help reveal the underlying cause of which hormone is not working properly, and which phytotherapeutic formulation can be used for palpitations, as discussed below, and indicated in the following table:
Palpitations as Main Symptom in Menopause
Decreased Estrogen Function:
When the function of estrogen is diminished, vasomotor symptoms such as heart palpitations occur in a number of women – which may be relieved by supporting normal estrogen function. When there are other signs of vasomotor instability, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, insomnia, or sleep disruption, choose EstroMend™. With suboptimal estrogen function the mechanism of action for heart palpitations is due to vasomotor instability. This formulation can restore normal function of estrogens sensitive tissues, and decrease vasomotor symptoms, which can affectively decrease palpitations.
Decreased Progesterone Function:
The association of decreased progesterone function with heart palpitations is actually quite strong, and may be due to the decreased digitalis-like activity and anesthetic activity of endogenous progesterone and its metabolites. This reveals why it is so important to maintain optimal progesterone function. When there are other signs of decreased progesterone function, such as irritability, cramping, or spasms, or even increased blood pressure, choose ProgestoMend™. Suboptimal progesterone function associated with increased palpitation is most likely due relative lack of the digitalis like affect normally seen in endogenous progesterone and its metabolites. In addition to supporting normal progesterone function, this formulation has other calming properties that may also prove beneficial – by way of decreasing hyper-reactivity to stressors. See more information, including references, on ProgestoMend™. Use customized dosage guidelines to personalize this protocol for your specific needs.
Decreased Testosterone Function:
When testosterone function is decreased, there is not only a risk of vasomotor instability just as there is with estrogen deficiency, but there is also more likelihood of decreased blood flow (decreased hemodynamics), or other androgen deficiency symptoms such a low blood pressure and cold extremities, as well as other symptoms such as depressed mood or decreased libido. When heart palpitaions are also accompanied by other androgen deficiency symptoms choose TestoGain™. By supporting the ideal function of testosterone vasomotor function can be restored, resulting in decreased palpitations. See more Information, including references, on TestoGain™. Use customized dosage guidelines to personalize this protocol for your specific needs.
Blood Sugar Disorders:
When heart palpitations are accompanied by other symptoms such as night sweats, anxiety, or any symptom that worsens after a meal, consider that there is an unhealthy shift of blood sugar levels. Though blood sugar disorders (dysglycemias) can range from low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) to high blood sugar (hyperglycemia & diabetes), all forms of blood sugar disorder should be treated seriously. The drop in blood sugar after eating is often a predecessor to insulin resistance, which eventually results to diabetes. Glucobrium™ should be used if palpitations or other symptoms occur after eating, or if a meal is skipped especially if there are blood sugar disorders in family. Use customized dosage guidelines to personalize this protocol for your specific needs.