Navigating Heart Palpitations in Long COVID

Navigating Heart Palpitations in Long COVID

For many recovering from COVID-19, the journey back to health can be hindered by lingering symptoms, with heart palpitations being among the most concerning. These unexpected and often unsettling sensations of a racing or irregular heartbeat are not uncommon in Long COVID sufferers. This article explores the underlying reasons behind heart palpitations in Long COVID patients and shares management strategies, including an overview of the holistic approach embodied in the Proprietary Long Covid Protocol developed by Dr. Heather Hinshelwood (Dr. H) at The Fraum Center.

Understanding Heart Palpitations in Long COVID

Heart palpitations can feel like your heart is beating too hard, too fast, skipping a beat, or fluttering. They can occur at rest or when active, creating an anxiety-inducing experience for those affected.

Potential Causes:

  • Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction: The virus may disrupt the balance of the autonomic nervous system, which regulates heart rate.
  • Post-Viral Inflammation: Inflammation in the body post-COVID-19 can affect the heart and its functioning.
  • Emotional Stress: The stress and anxiety associated with the pandemic and recovery can also trigger palpitations.

Management Strategies for Heart Palpitations

While heart palpitations can be alarming, there are effective strategies to manage them, reducing both their frequency and intensity.

Lifestyle Modifications:

  • Reduce Stimulant Intake: Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol can all trigger palpitations and should be limited.
  • Stress Management: Techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing can help manage stress and reduce palpitations.
  • Adequate Hydration: Dehydration can contribute to palpitations, making it important to stay well-hydrated.

Monitoring and Medical Management:

  • Regular Monitoring: Keeping a diary of palpitation episodes can help identify triggers and patterns.
  • Medical Consultation: It’s crucial to consult with a healthcare provider to rule out any underlying conditions that may cause palpitations.

The Fraum Center's Holistic Approach

Recognizing the multifaceted nature of Long COVID, The Fraum Center offers a comprehensive and empathetic approach to treatment. Dr. H's Proprietary Long Covid Protocol is designed to address the complex symptoms of Long COVID, including heart palpitations, through:

  • Integrated Health Assessments: Evaluating each patient’s unique health profile to tailor a holistic treatment plan.
  • Personalized Nutritional Support: Implementing dietary adjustments to support heart health and reduce inflammation.
  • Mind-Body Practices: Incorporating stress-reduction techniques and exercises to improve autonomic nervous system function.

Empowering Patients Towards Recovery

Understanding heart palpitations and their potential triggers is a crucial step towards managing this symptom of Long COVID. By adopting a holistic approach to health, individuals can mitigate the impact of palpitations on their daily lives.

The Fraum Center is committed to guiding patients through their recovery journey, providing support, expertise, and a tailored approach to wellness. Discover how our Proprietary Long Covid Protocol can help you navigate the challenges of Long COVID with confidence and care.

In the battle against Long COVID, knowledge, and holistic health strategies are key. Let us help you regain control over your health and embark on a path to recovery.