What can I do to prevent palpitations?

Depending on the cause of your palpitations, these tips can help you have them less often:

  • Reduce your stress level (using deep-breathing and/or relaxation exercises, yoga, tai chi, guided imagery) or biofeedback techniques.
  • Avoid or limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
  • Avoid or limit the amount of caffeine in your diet.
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco/nicotine products
  • Exercise on a regular basis (Before you start, ask your doctor what exercise programs are good for you).
  • Avoid foods and activities that trigger palpitations.
  • Control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/01/2019.

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