8 Ways to Stop a Racing Heart at Home Within Minutes

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A normal heart rate is believed to be between 60 and 100 beats per minute. But some experts tend to think that the ideal resting heart rate is 50–70 beats. The causes that can provoke tachycardia can be dangerous (heart disease, anemia) or they just represent our reaction to the conditions we live in (stress, fever, training). If you notice that your heart works faster, the first thing you should do is to consult a doctor.

We care about our readers and have made a list of techniques that can be the first remedy in this unpleasant situation. If you see no improvements in your condition for 15–20 minutes, call 911.

1. Perform the Valsalva maneuver.

8 Ways to Stop a Racing Heart at Home Within Minutes

The Valsalva maneuver is a breathing technique that leads to several rapid changes in our heart rate.

How to do it:

  • Pinch your nose closed with the fingers of one hand;
  • Close your mouth’
  • Exhale, as if you are inflating a balloon;
  • Bear down, as if you are having a bowel movement;
  • Do this technique for about 10–15 seconds.

2. Listen to “Weightless” by Marconi Union.

There is a song that was proven to reduce anxiety levels by 65%. Marconi Union created this composition in tight cooperation with Lyz Cooper, the leading sound therapist from the UK and founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy. Combining bass, rhythm, and harmony, this music helps to reduce your heartbeat and blood pressure, and lower your levels of cortisol.

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