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Menopause and extra heart beats
Palpitations are common for menopausal women. However, before labeling your problem as nothing to be concerned about, the most common cause, coronary artery disease should be excluded, best done with a stress ECHO. This will also help you with question 2, namely whether your heart (vs. for instance your lungs) is responsible for your exercise induced shortness of breath.
You already live a heart healthy lifestyle, and assuming therefore your risks are low, moderate vs. vigorous exercise will achieve the same cardio-vascular benefits, and may cause less breathing problems. Do yourself a favor and calculate your cardiac risks and prove me right!
If indeed (as I expect) your cardiac risks are low, minimizing your symptoms can be achieved by some minor adjustments, as I mentioned in the menopause/palpitations article:
Lifestyle changes that may help to reduce the incidence of irregular heartbeats during menopause:
- Reducing intake of caffeine,
- Limiting consumption of stimulants, cigarettes, and alcohol,
- Practicing yoga, breathing exercises, or other relaxation techniques.
Hope this helps,
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