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The Relationship Between Anxiety and Heart Palpitations

Anxiety is an emotion that can be triggered by fearful, stressful, new, or uncertain situations. Therefore, anxious episodes tend to be temporary. Feeling tense or nervous, increased sweating and an uneasy stomach are common symptoms of anxiety, as well as a strong and rapid heart rate.

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The Relationship Between Anxiety and Heart Palpitations

  1. 1. Anxiety and Heart Palpitations Dr Carolyn Dean T h e R e l a t i o n s h i p B e t w e e n is a medical doctor and naturopath. She has authored and co-authored over 35 books
  2. 2. 2 The Relationship Between Anxiety and Heart Palpitations Dr Carolyn Dean Anxiety is an emotion that can be triggered by fearful, stressful, new, or uncertain situations. Therefore, anxious episodes tend to be temporary. Feeling tense or nervous, increased sweating and an uneasy stomacharecommonsymptomsofanxiety, as well as a strong and rapid heart rate.
  3. 3. The autonomic nervous system has two different systems: the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. T hese palpitations can be a symptom of anxiety as well as a cause, as a sudden change in heart rate can be alarming if the heart feels as if it is racing, pounding, fluttering, or even skipping a beat. However, unless these palpitations are caused by heart arrhythmia, they should be harmless and short-term. Whilst anxiety is in the mind, it is also able to affect the body through the autonomic nervous system - the ‘fight or flight response’ - which then increases the heart rate. Anxiety activates the autonomic nervous system as an involuntary response. This system is responsible for regulating the heart, lungs, digestive system, and various muscle systems, all these areas can be affected by anxiety. The autonomic nervous system has two different systems: the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is activated in stressful, dangerous, or anxious situations, temporarily stopping bodily functions such as digestion, whilst increasing blood pressure and heart rate. 3
  4. 4. visit the blog of For further information, Dr. Carolyne Dean

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