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What can I do to get my heartbeat back to normal if I have heart palpitations?

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When your heart skips beats, it’s a type of irregular heartbeat called heart palpitations. You can’t always prevent them. But you can help head them off with lifestyle changes like avoiding caffeine, getting enough sleep, and quitting smoking.

If you think you’re having an attack of palpitations, try these to get your heartbeat back to normal:

  • Breathe deeply. It will help you relax until your palpitations pass.
  • Splash your face with cold water. It stimulates a nerve that controls your heart rate.
  • Exercise. Sometimes, a vigorous workout can stop heart palpitations.
  • Don’t panic. Stress and anxiety will make your palpitations worse.

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Skipping a beat -- the surprise of heart palpitations.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Do You Have a Slow or Racing Heartbeat?”

Mayo Clinic: “Tachycardia,” “Bradycardia.”

Heart Rhythm Society: “Slow Heartbeat.”

American College of Cardiology: “Bradycardia (Slow Heart Rate).”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 01, 2018

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Skipping a beat -- the surprise of heart palpitations.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Do You Have a Slow or Racing Heartbeat?”

Mayo Clinic: “Tachycardia,” “Bradycardia.”

Heart Rhythm Society: “Slow Heartbeat.”

American College of Cardiology: “Bradycardia (Slow Heart Rate).”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 01, 2018

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