Millions of people suffer with tachycardia (increased heart rate). Tachycardia can sometimes be naturally controlled.
In severe cases or prolonged episodes an individual will need to visit a cardiologist to receive a true diagnosis and will most likely be prescribed beta-blockers.
For those individuals that suffer from periods of temporary tachycardia you may be able to lower your pulse (heart rate) naturally.
Atrial tachycardia occurs when the heart’s electrical impulse system begins to function abnormally.
In most cases this does not cause the individual to experience any symptoms, but it can be life threatening if it goes untreated over a long period of time.
One of the most common causes of tachycardia (a pulse higher than 100 beats per minutes) is hypertension (high blood pressure), followed by coronary artery disease. Of course, a sedentary lifestyle can also be the cause and in this case, there are many things that you can do to lower your rapid pulse naturally, including readjusting your lifestyle.
When the pulse is too rapid, heart is unable to pump a sufficient amount of blood to the rest of the body.
This can cause an individual to experience symptoms ranging from acute to very severe. Dizziness and shortness of breath is very common, which may not require a follow up visit to your physician, but chest pain will definitely warrant a visit to the emergency room.
Your physician will order an electrocardiography (ECG), which will record and measure the electrical impulses of the heart. You may have to wear a holter monitor, which is basically the same thing as the ECG, but measures the heart over a longer period of time.
Changing Your Lifestyle
One of the best ways to decrease your heart rate, without the need for maintenance drugs is exercising. It is a fact that if you perform thirty minutes of exercising (walking), each day you can lower your blood pressure, which will in turn decrease your heart rate, as well.
Nicotine constricts the blood vessels, which will require the heart to work harder than normal.
This stimulant will also cause the heart to beat faster (20 beats more a minute), which can lead to some very serious cardiac diseases.
Stress & Panic
People that are under duress will tend to experience a panic or anxiety attack. This in turn will cause the heart rate to speed up drastically, but this normally only lasts temporarily and can be controlled through meditation techniques.
Contrary to thinking, an increased resting heart rate is not normal. Although it can be caused by several different things such as caffeine, fever, and dehydration, it is still abnormal. If there is no obvious cause of the tachycardia, you definitely need to consult your physician.
Normal heart rate is somewhere between 60 – 80 beats per minute.
Natural techniques or vagal maneuvers that can be used to decrease your heart rate quickly including holding your breath, gagging, and bearing down.
All of these things should only be used as a temporary method to decrease your pulse. If you begin to experience chest pain or shortness of breath, you should seek emergency help immediately.