How to Calm a Fast Heartbeat (Tachycardia)

How to Calm a Fast Heartbeat (Tachycardia)


Cardiac arrhythmia is a condition where the
rhythm of the heartbeat isn’t normal. When your heart rate accelerates, we call
it tachycardia—the swift heart. When your heartbeat falls, we call this condition
bradycardia—the slow heart. Tachycardia happens suddenly and its occurrence
isn’t connected to any physical effort. It can be a symptom of a more serious heart
condition, for instance a heart attack. People that suffer from hyperthyroidism, stress,
or fatigue can develop tachycardia. Most importantly, when the heart rate accelerates
rapidly, it’s time to call for medical help so that the person will have time (in the
event of a heart attack) to arrive at the emergency room for proper medical attention. With that in mind, let’s learn two ways
to control your heart rate in under a minute whenever you experience intense fear or elevated
stress levels. Keep in mind that if your heart rate happens
to accelerate due to the beginning of a stroke, then calling 911 is the recommended course
of action. That includes making sure that you won’t
harm yourself while trying to control your tachycardia. Therefore, these methods are best suited for
people suffering tachycardia due to problems with panic or anxiety attacks. 1. Use cold water Fill a sink or bowl with ice and cold water. When you feel a sudden increase in your heart
rate and/or your pulse, take a deep breath, hold it, and submerge your face in the cold
water. Keep your face underwater for as long as possible. The cold water stimulates the nerves necessary
for the brain to calm you and slow down your heart, thus ending the tachycardia. This trick is knows as the “diver’s reflex”
and should be used sparingly. Repeat the process until you feel calmer. 2. Control your breathing By controlling your breathing, you can reduce
your hear rate and eliminate tachycardia. First, take the deepest breath possible. Next, quickly release all the air in your
lungs. The most important part of this exercise is
to breathe at your lungs’ limit to force your heart rate to return to normal. Remember that breathing this way is more intense
than simply taking deep breaths, so doing this exercise for a long time can be harmful. So, do this exercise for no more than one
minute in order to alleviate the tachycardia and return your heart to its normal rhythm.