When to see your doctor about heart concerns
To rule out any more serious cause see your doctor if you’re regularly experiencing palpitations or shortness of breath, chest discomfort or dizziness.
A 2009 statement by the International Menopause Society acknowledged, ‘Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in the western world’. So ask your doctor about a NHS Health Check to assess your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes – you will also be given personalised prevention advice.
And then there’s always HRT
Hormonal imbalance may be the cause of palpitations. For those able to take HRT, be aware that you may initially experience an increase in the number of heart palpitations before hormones balance.
The Hot Flush caveat, there are pros and cons to taking HRT. See our vlog – What Is HRT? and our conversation with our gynaecologist, Dr Karen Morton Talking Menopause Health with Hot Flush. We don’t take a view. It’s for you to decide whether it’s for you or not.