While often associated with physical activity, an increased heart rate, also known as tachycardia, can be caused by a variety of factors. When you notice this symptom, it’s important to consider the cause and take the proper steps to prioritize your health and well-being. Read through the common causes below to decide which scenario may be causing your increased heart rate and what to do when you experience these symptoms.
01 Blood sugar imbalances
If you’re managing diabetes, an increased heart rate could be a signal that your blood sugar level is either high or low. If you suspect this may be the case, check your blood sugar levels, consult your doctor, and respond with your prescribed treatment plan.
02 Medication side effects
While prescription medications often positively influence health, they may also cause side effects, including an increased heart rate. This is more common with medications that treat asthma, common coughs and cold, and antidepressants or antipsychotics. If you have recently started a new medication, changed dosages, or simply think this may be the cause of your increased heart rate, consult your care team.
03 Too much caffeine
Too much caffeine can also cause an increased heart rate. If you think this is the cause, it may be time to cut back on your coffee, tea, or soda consumption. This doesn’t have to be a drag. We have delicious infused water recipes to share!
04 Stress or anxiety
While we often think of stress or anxiety as purely emotional, these key factors can also influence your physical well-being. Practicing good self-care techniques and attempting to remove stressors from a situation may help you decrease your heart rate. Plan a relaxing night in with a hot bath and a good book. Or, if you unwind in nature, take a hike! Prioritizing mental health can go a long way.
If you have questions regarding your racing heart, check in with your Health Advisor! We’re here to help.