Heart palpitations can occur after eating or when lying down. A normal heart beat is between 60 to 100 beats per minute but heart palpitations can lower or increase this number. Generally, heart palpitations are not of concern as they can occur due to many lifestyle factors like drinking caffeine or from your emotional state like being stressed. In rare cases heart palpitations can be severe and be a sign for a heart condition. If heart palpitations are accompanied by shortness of breath and chest pains that is usually an indicator of something more serious.
Another lifestyle factor which can contribute to heart palpations is consuming food or lying down. Let us explain why this phenomenon occurs and what you can do to prevent it.
Heart palpitations are a sensation that your heart is beating too quickly or feels like it is fluttering. This can be felt in your chest, throat or neck. Although anyone can feel heart palpitations after a meal it is commonly experienced more so in obese or anorexic individuals.
A common cause of heart palpitations after eating is the fact that the meal was simply too large. Other factors of a meal contributing to heart palpitations are that the meal contained high amounts of carbohydrates, sugar or fat. Foods high in monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrates, or sodium can also cause heart palpitations. In order to narrow down which foods lead to your heart palpitations it may be wise to document your eating in a diary for a week or so.
Other causes of heart palpitations aside from eating are:
Aside from the above causes of heart palpitations, lying down, too, can cause your heart to flutter. Causes for heart palpitations when lying down include:
Heart palpitations may worsen if a person specifically lies down on their left side. There are many reasons for this including:
Treatment of heart palpitations when lying down depends on the underlying cause. For example if you lay down after a meal and experience heart palpitations you may not wish to make that a habit any longer. Additionally if you notice smoking a cigarette or drinking coffee are the cause for your heart palpitations these habits, too, must be changed.
Some simple and effective treatment options for heart palpitations include:
The important part to treating heart palpitations is knowing the underlying cause and managing that. If you can’t figure out what the trigger is you may want to speak with your doctor and have them run some tests on your heart.