“Boom Bang A Bang!” sang a love-struck Lulu, but we think this song could just as easily be about perimenopausal heartbeat irregularities and palpitations. And while they’re generally harmless, this is a good time to think about your heart health.
Depleting oestrogen levels in perimenopause affect blood pressure, change heart rhythms, and can raise your heart rate (by between 8 to 16 beats per minute). Your heart feels like it’s pounding, fluttering or missing a beat and this may last a few seconds or several minutes. Experiencing this for the first time can be pretty scary but it’s usually harmless. Palpitations can happen together with those other menopause favourites hot flushes, night sweats and anxiety!
And the good news is…
Medically harmless heart palpitations should stop post menopause. Stress related palpitations should also ease once your doctor has ruled out anything more serious.
The best ways to keep a healthy heart during menopause
Raised blood pressure and cholesterol increase the risk of heart disease. These risks can be reduced with simple diet and lifestyle changes.