Menopause palpitations

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Hi all, its 14 months since last period so im 'in menopause' and still getting palpitations, feeling of skipped beats, extra beats, flutter. Ive had several ecgs, nothing major shown up and last one seemed normal according to nurse. I started hrt patches a few weeks ago and am on sertraline for anxiet, so i guess its possible that either of these could cause palps in addition to anciety. Is anyone else still having palps in menopause?

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    Sorry, anxiety! Im also taking betablockers to calm everything down but still getting the odd palp sneak through every few days.
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      Thanks Karen, do they make you anxious? My anxietys improved overall on Bbs and ADs but i find it still escalates when i get palps. I dont get a full on panic attack with adrenalin any more due to Bbs helping prevent that, but my anxiety increases and i still worry about the palps. Wish a doc could say theyre benign and to ignore them.
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      I worry about palps and my gear all the time yet never had no problem with it. My anxiety gets bad when I'm on my own, I'm hoping they can give me some over kind if bbs to replace my others x

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      Hi karen, i was worse at night before taking the bbs and ads, was hardly sleeping, but all settled now and at least im sleeping well. Now what gets my anxiety up is palpitations, work and being around stressful people! I am getting better at bot panicking when i get them but they still worry me, i guess thats normal though lol. Im on propranalol BBs, theyre good for blocking the adrenalin effect on the heart so i no longer have full on panic attacks, but they did nothing to actually reduce the thoughts and feelings of anxiety, but hopefully the antidepressant is working on that. Take care and all the best x
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    I've been on HRT for 5+ years and used to get occasional palpitations.  However, since November, they've been 24/7.  Have had tests and a 24-hour ECG - awaiting ECG results but don't think they'll find anything as I feel fine otherwise (apart from stress).  Maybe this is just one of those things?

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      Thanks Janie, sorry to hear that, they are worrying at the time but if ecgs are fine i guess we have to have condifence that its bothing dangerous. Ive had 4 ecgs over last 2 yrs, normal or near normal, but the one i had this week was normal according to the nurse so whatever showed up on one before was possibly palps, my doc couldnt explain and scared me even more! Im getting better at not having a full on anxiety attack, its more a 5/10 now wen i get palps rather than an 8 on the fear level! I have gone decaf for months, no drink or smoking, just anxiety. I wonder if hrt will stop the palps eventually or cause more, will have to see. Good luck to you xx
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    I was put on cilift for anxiety in peri and it gave me such bad palpitations I had to stop it.....can be sensitive to that....
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      Thanks Michelle, its hard to know whats causing the palps now...anxiety, hormones or meds, or a combination! But ive read its common in meno so i just need to learn not to panic when it happens...
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      Shame yes it's terrible my heart sometimes races so it feels like I'm having a heart attack but I've learnt to deep breath an just keep telling myself it's all hormones..... Im on a light beta blocker which really helps an when I feel very anxious I drink a 1/4 calming pill.... which is normally around ovulation an periods....good luck

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    Hi Julie I am 9 years post and still get some palpitations now and again..the skipping feeling has just recently stopped..all my ecg's came back normal too ....take heart though all these symptoms do eventually ease to something we can handle even the anxiety though there at times is shorter in duration and intensity 😊

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    Yes all the time!! It comes and goes and whilst it's really annoying, I'm relieved to find its not just me as it seems to be quite common. . At first I thought something was up with me but I've learned to not worry about it.. I've suffered with palpitations on and off over the years, especially during stressful periods. so I just guess I'm predisposed to get them worse during the menopause. I know that doesn't help but I hope you feel a little assured That it's probably normal?

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      Thank you Reb, I wish my doctor could have been more reassuring, its all shoulder shrugs and 'maybes'. But it seems a common meno symptom so I will try to not worry when it happens...im getting better at not panicking about the palps but it still gives me anxiety. Having CBT which I do believe is helping with the anxiety. Thanks for your help.

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