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You Will Need
- Record of your palpitations
- Stress reduction techniques
- Healthy diet
- Blood pressure and cholesterol
- Monitoring devices
- Deep breathing exercises (optional)
- Muscle relaxation techniques (optional)
Track the palpitations
Keep track of how often you have palpitations, when they occur, their duration, your heart rate when you experience them, and how you felt at the time. Determine whether they are associated with certain activities, events, or feelings.
Reduce your stress and anxiety levels. Use stress reducing techniques, such as meditation or tai chi to prevent palpitations.
Cut back on caffeine and do not smoke. Be careful about using decongestants that contain pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine.
Eat healthy foods
Maintain a well-balanced, low-fat diet. Eat enough to avoid low blood sugar levels, and drink plenty of fluids.
Exercise regularly, and be sure to get enough sleep.
Watch your blood pressure and cholesterol
Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels to keep them under control.