Heart palpitations can be a very frightening experience for any person who suddenly becomes acutely aware that their heart is beating very fast or very hard. Palpitations can be caused by a number of physical conditions, but are sometimes the result of conscious or repressed subconscious stress.
Palpitations are one of the more common minor psychologically induced pain syndromes suffered by people worldwide. Palpitations can be experienced alone or in conjunction with heart arrhythmia or angina.
In rare cases, palpitations can be an indicator of a potentially serious heart disorder. It is always crucial to see your doctor before assuming anything about the nature of a heart condition. Be sure to rule out structural issues before turning your attention towards resolving the emotions which may actually be causative.
What are Heart Palpitations?
Palpitations are generally considered to exist when a person has an increased sense of a rapid or heavy heartbeat. Technically, the occurrence can also describe a heightened awareness of a decreased or softer than usual heartbeat, although this is far less common.
Palpitations might be felt in the chest or in any of the pulse points on the body. Sometimes, there is an accompanying pounding in the head along with the chest. The sensation is disturbing at the least and can be a really uncomfortable experience if it lasts for any length of time. Some people also describe other peculiar heart symptoms in combination with palpitations. These can include arrhythmias (heart skipping a beat) or a feeling of tightness in the chest.
Causes of Heart Palpitations
Below are listed some of the possible reasons for palpitations to exist. The list focuses first on physical factors, then addresses emotional factors:
Pregnancy can cause a variety of transient heart abnormalities.
Overexertion is the most common source of cardiac palpitation.
Mitral valve prolapse is a chronic source of heart irregularities.
Extreme pain or injury can affect the performance of the heart, as well as every other bodily system and organ.
Poor cardiovascular capacity can cause palpitations, especially upon physical activity.
Palpitations can be the direct side effect of some drug or drug interaction.
Structural heart abnormality, regardless of whether the condition is benign or dangerous, can cause rhythm concerns.
Psychosomatic causation is by far the most common type of palpitation. Some people endure regular palpitations and arrhythmias when they are consciously stressed by life situations. These people can usually manage their heart concerns through medication and stress reduction techniques.
Some poor souls are affected by palpitations which are tied to subconsciously repressed emotional issues and might not correlate their heart concerns to their psychological state. These people often have spontaneous attacks of heart pounding when life circumstances threaten to shed light on some repressed psychoemotional issue. These are the people who benefit most from knowledge therapy as a potential cure for palpitations and other heart rhythm problems.
Heart Rhythm Irregularities
My mother always complained of heart pounding when she was mad or stressed out. I remember her holding her chest and having to sit whenever this occurred. It was rather scary for a young child to witness. Personally, I only experienced this condition once when I was about 13, playing softball. I still have no idea why it happened, but I can clearly remember my heart racing and feeling as if it was going to explode out of my chest. It left quite an impression, even all these years later.
Knowledge therapy is a great solution for those individuals who can equate their heart conditions to emotional stress and sensitive psychological issues. This treatment works so well, since it removes the veil of threat from these emotions and allows the subconscious to stop defending so actively against their conscious acknowledgment.
Many people have found that their heart rhythm issues have disappeared while treating other symptomatic concerns, such as chronic back pain, using knowledge therapy. In these cases, it is clear that the palpitations were merely back pain substitute symptoms and were rendered useless by the knowledge therapy process.
It must be stressed once again that heart concerns are nothing to trifle with. Always seek qualified care from a physician when working to determine the true nature of a recurrent palpitation issue.