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[Article]Palpitations and Shortness of Breath: Possible Signs of Menopause

If you're in your 40s or 50s and experiencing palpitations or shortness of breath, it could be a sign of menopause. In this article, we'll explore the causes of these symptoms and methods to alleviate them.

Table of Contents

  • Causes of Palpitations and Shortness of Breath

  • Methods to Alleviate Menopausal Symptoms

  • Conclusion

Causes of Palpitations and Shortness of Breath

Menopausal Disorders

During menopause, a rapid decrease in female hormone secretion can disturb the autonomic nervous system, making it harder to control heart rate and leading to palpitations and shortness of breath.

Illness

Several illnesses can cause palpitations and shortness of breath. Common ones include hyperventilation syndrome, Graves' disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, and spontaneous pneumothorax.

In particular, if endometrial tissue adheres to the lungs, it can increase the risk of spontaneous pneumothorax.

Anxiety and stress can also lead to panic disorders, which may manifest as palpitations and shortness of breath. Deep breathing and relaxation are important for those who frequently feel anxious and breathless.

If these symptoms arise without any apparent link to menopause, they are likely caused by illness. If you experience palpitations or shortness of breath, a medical consultation is recommended.


Methods to Alleviate Menopausal Symptoms

Here we focus on alleviating palpitations and shortness of breath caused by menopause:


Diaphragmatic Breathing

Diaphragmatic breathing can stabilize erratic breathing by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. When you experience these symptoms, try diaphragmatic breathing. Inhale slowly through the nose, imagining filling the area below the navel with air, then exhale slowly through the mouth, taking twice as long as the inhalation.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can balance the autonomic nervous system and hormones. Scents like neroli, rose, lavender, and citrus can calm anxiety and irritation. Lavender and bergamot are particularly recommended when feeling irritable.


Dietary Improvement

Balance your intake of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Diets that restrict these can negatively impact fat cells and the autonomic nervous system, disrupting hormonal balance. Make sure to consume all nutrients evenly.

Also, actively consume isoflavones, which mimic female hormones, to improve hormonal balance. Soy products are rich in isoflavones and should be included in your daily diet.


Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

HRT supplements missing female hormones to improve menopausal symptoms. It can be administered in various forms, such as pills, topical applications, or skin patches. These are available by prescription from a gynecologist. If you're concerned, consult with a specialist.


Conclusion

If you have long-term or disruptive palpitations and shortness of breath, seek medical advice promptly. If you're struggling with menopausal symptoms, try these methods for relief.

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