While the mere mention of menopause can make your heart race, it’s more than just anxiety over this stage in life that can cause a fluttering heart.

Heart palpitations are commonly reported during menopause. While heart palpitations can be frightening or confusing, for many women they are a harmless symptom of your body adjusting to changing hormone levels.

Remember, if you experience heart palpitations, talk to your doctor.


While heart palpitations associated with menopause are often benign and temporary, it is important not to dismiss any heart symptoms outright. Always speak to a professional to ensure palpitations are not something more serious, and seek immediate emergency care if your heart palpitations are accompanied by shortness of breath; pain in either or both arms; neck, jaw or shoulder pain; or nausea and/or vomiting.

Ready to learn more about how menopause affects the heart? Read on.

Who experiences menopausal heart palpitations?

During menopause, women experience a natural reduction in reproductive hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, which can lead to a range of symptoms, including heart palpitations.

The early stage of menopause, also known as perimenopause, typically begins at around 45 years of age and will generally last around four years, though this can vary greatly from woman to woman. Some people will only experience symptoms of menopause for several months, while others will continue to experience menopausal symptoms for a decade or longer.

While all women will eventually go through menopause, just under 50% of women will experience menopausal heart palpitations.

What are heart palpitations during menopause?

Some people describe heart palpitations as a fast, fluttering sensation, a pounding in the neck or chest, or a feeling that your heart is beating abnormally.

Do hot flashes cause heart palpitations?

Some people will experience heart palpitations during a hot flash. Research shows that during a hot flash, autonomic control of your heart rate (your body’s ability to regulate the pace of your heart) is altered. This can result in heart palpitations, alongside other common hot flash symptoms, like a sudden feeling of warmth and sweating.

Similarly, night sweats can also cause a pounding heart. Research shows that hot flashes at night, also known as night sweats, can increase your heart rate, even when your night sweats don’t cause you to wake.

While many people will experience a racing heart during a hot flash, menopausal women can also experience heart palpitations without any obvious cause.

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Why does menopause cause heart palpitations?

While the exact cause of heart palpitations during menopause is unknown, research suggests they are caused by changing hormone levels. Hormones, like estrogen and progesterone, can have a wide range of effects on the cardiovascular system, including changes in heart rate.

Estrogen can affect the way the heart conducts electrical impulses by suppressing functions within the heart (T-type calcium channels) that regulate the heart’s normal pace. Alternatively, progesterone is known to activate systems within the body that regulate your blood pressure, electrolytes, and systemic vascular resistance, which can affect your heart rate and how your body circulates blood.

In addition to changes in hormone levels, heart palpitations are also linked with menopausal sleep problems. Likewise, high levels of stress and mood swings during the menopausal period may also contribute to heart symptoms. Studies have shown there is a complex relationship between the heart and the brain and that negative emotions can trigger arrhythmia.

If you’re experiencing anxiety about heart palpitations, remember that while palpitations can occasionally be a sign of a more serious condition, heart palpitations during menopause are typically not dangerous and don’t usually require treatment (but please talk to your doctor!).

How to manage heart palpitations during menopause

While most heart palpitations are not dangerous, up to 90% of women of perimenopausal/menopausal age who experienced heart palpitations believe that they require treatment.

There are several proven ways you can learn to manage this bothersome symptom of menopause, these include:

Medical management of heart palpitations

Heart palpitations may be managed with hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

As only some hormone replacement therapies, are proven to reduce the frequency and severity of heart palpitation during menopause, and HRT is not appropriate for all women, be sure to talk to your doctor about whether it is appropriate for you.

Lifestyle management of heart palpitations

Some people will choose to manage heart palpitations during menopause with lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes to improve heart palpitations include:

  • Improving your diet and drinking more water: Some people experience heart palpitations after eating, especially if they’re dehydrated or eating foods high in sodium.
  • Improving your fitness: Engaging in regular moderate exercise can help decrease your chances of experiencing heart palpitations and help you maintain good health during menopause.
  • Stop smoking: Nicotine, in addition to being very bad for your general health, can take a significant toll on your heart. Nicotine has been linked to a wide range of cardiac rhythmic disorders, including tachycardia (rapid heart palpitations).
  • Establishing good sleep hygiene: Poor sleep is frequently associated with poor heart health and the development of arrhythmias. Improve the quality of your sleep by sticking to a sleep schedule, avoiding stimulants at night, and getting exercise during the day.

Mind-body management of heart palpitations

In addition to medical interventions and lifestyle changes, there are several mind-body techniques you can use to reduce stress and manage heart palpitations, such as:

  • Practice relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation: Stress has long been known to contribute to poor heart health and arrhythmias. Take some time each day to unwind and relax.
  • Try hypnotherapy for menopause: Hypnotherapy is a scientifically proven way to reduce hot flashes. By lowering the frequency and severity of hot flashes, you may be able to also reduce associated vasovagal symptoms, such as heart palpitation.

Research shows that hypnotherapy can reduce hot flashes by up to 80%, making it one of the most effective and low-risk menopause management tools. Whatsmore, hypnotherapy has also been shown to improve sleep quality and reduce stress, which may both help reduce heart palpitations.

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Talking to your doctor about heart palpitations during menopause

While heart palpitations directly related to menopause may be nothing to worry about, it’s still important to check in with your doctor if you feel concerned about your heart health.

There is, unfortunately, a strong bias against women experiencing heart symptoms, with some healthcare professionals minimizing, misattributing, or misunderstanding how heart symptoms present in women. This can result in women missing out on important diagnoses.

Make sure you advocate for yourself at your doctor's appointment and take the time to understand your heart health.

The Wrap Up

Around 50% of women will experience heart palpitations during menopause. They can occur during a hot flash or by themselves. Heart palpitations are thought to be caused by changing hormone levels during menopause and while they may be worrisome, for the majority of people they are harmless. Hormone replacement therapy, lifestyle changes, and hypnotherapy may help manage heart palpitations during menopause. If you’re experiencing heart symptoms, don’t forget to check in with your doctor.

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