What are the causes of palpitations and cough?

Palpitations are irregular heartbeats. The causes of palpitations can be minor or serious, ranging from anxiety, fear, overexertion, caffeine or nicotine use, emphysema, cancer, asthma, or heart disease. Palpitations with a cough may indicate a more serious heart disorder, such as coronary heart disease or myocardial infarction. Patients with chronic heart palpitations may develop an accompanying cough due to fluid retention due to insufficient blood flow. A medical professional should be consulted for all episodes of palpitations and coughing, especially if followed by chest pain, shortness of breath, or blood-tinged mucus.

When the heart experiences a palpitation, the heart speeds up or slows down from its regular rhythm. This can be a very unpleasant and disconcerting experience, but it does not necessarily indicate an emergency situation. The heart is affected by hormones and drugs, like the adrenaline rush before a tough test or the caffeine in a big morning cup of coffee. Regular or severe palpitations affect the body organ as the heart does not pump blood as efficiently. Therefore, fluid accumulates in the organs.

Fluid buildup in the lungs triggers the automatic cough response. Patients experiencing palpitations and coughing often describe the feelings as a "catch" in the heart that causes temporary breathlessness and is followed by uncontrollable coughing or wheezing. The cough may be worse at night while the patient rests in a sleeping position. In some cases, when the fluid in the lungs is especially severe, the cough may produce white, blood-tinged, or pink phlegm. The patient may also experience swelling in the feet, legs, or abdomen.

The exact causes of palpitations and cough are difficult to determine without a complete medical examination. Patients sensitive to high-caffeine beverages may experience frightening symptoms and may feel relief when the offending product is no longer consumed. Other patients may be experiencing the first signs of coronary heart disease or a heart attack. Chronic or severe palpitations and cough should be evaluated as soon as possible to rule out or treat more serious conditions or illnesses.

Medical professionals offer suggestions for controlling palpitations and cough. Patients should avoid smoking as well as caffeinated foods and beverages, learn to manage stressful situations, and practice deep breathing and relaxation techniques. Chronic patients need regular follow-up. Prescription medications or dietary changes may relieve symptoms. A healthy, active lifestyle with limited salt, fat, and alcohol not only improves quality of life but can also reduce heart palpitations and coughing fits.

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