February has arrived, and that means you’ve seen hearts everywhere. It’s a great time to be with loved ones and show them you care, but it’s also a good reminder to show that same love to yourself.
The best way to care for yourself in every stage of your life is to be aware of your body. Make observations and continue to monitor yourself over time. When anything seems outside of the norm, it might be a good idea to visit a doctor. That holds particularly true for your heart. After all, your heart pumps the blood through your body, keeping you alive.
Sometimes, a heartbeat increases due to excitement, fear, or exercise. Other times, it slows due to relaxation, meditation, or sleep. But what about those times when the heart seems to dance in a way you can’t explain? The important thing to remember is that a strange heartbeat doesn’t always mean trouble. In fact, the heart is great at self-regulating. That being said, it’s good to know how to interpret your heartbeat on a basic level. Here are three ways to do just that:
- An Extra or Skipped Heartbeat - If you feel a pause or an extra thud, chances are that your heart got its ‘wires crossed.’ This can occur at times due to lack of sufficient sleep, dehydration, caffeine, or a combination. However, if the sensation lasts more than a few minutes or is accompanied by any other symptoms, talk to your doctor about how to mitigate risk and monitor it properly.
- Racing, Flip-Flopping, and Fluttering - When your heart rate exceeds 100 beats per minute, it’s a condition called tachycardia. This may be caused by something as simple as a burst of activity or by something more severe like low blood pressure. It can potentially lead to blood clots and stroke. So if you ever feel chest pain and difficulty breathing, call 911.
- Slow Heartbeat - It’s not easy to tell if you have an abnormally slow heartbeat (bradycardia). You might not directly feel any symptoms from your chest. Instead, you might feel weak or dizzy because not enough blood is flowing to your brain. If the dizziness is severe, you should see a doctor immediately. Otherwise, you should simply tell your doctor so that he can rule out issues like hypothyroidism.
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