In short:Heart palpitations after alcohol are normal, unless there are other bad symptoms. If your heart beats badly with a hangover, you can take potassium chloride and magnesia, the other methods of treatment are possible only under the supervision of a doctor.
- Heart palpitations after alcohol
- A heart with a hangover
- Extreme tachycardia
- What not to do with a heartbeat with a hangover
- How to treat tachycardia after binge
Heart palpitations after alcohol. What to fear?
The increase in heart rate over 90 beats per minute is called tachycardia. If your heart beats strongly after alcohol, but the frequency of beats does not reach 90 per minute – never mind, this is a normal pulse.
Heart palpitations immediately after drinking alcohol are a common and, one can even say normal (as far as one can generally consider a normal state of the body in alcohol intoxication). If this is the only symptom, if you do not have interruptions in the work of the heart or high blood pressure, then you do not need to worry, and take any medications as well.
If other symptoms also join (severe hypertension, irregular heart function, chest pain, flies before the eyes, nausea, dizziness), then a doctor should be called, the situation may be dangerous. To be able to distinguish banal alcohol intoxication from deadly states – read a separate article about when an ambulance should be called after drinking.
Strongly beating heart with a hangover. What will help?
If the heart beats with a hangover, then you can take it yourself potassium chloride and magnesia – only not at the same time, but with an hour difference. Dilute the contents of the ampoule in half a glass of water – and take orally in the morning and evening, for 3-4 days.
In case of weak ventricular tachycardia, mild sedatives can help: valerian, motherwort, peppermint, soothing herbal preparations from the pharmacy.
In fact, a rare hangover is complete without palpitations. This is a consequence of hungover hypersympathicotonia. If your heart beats badly with a hangover – this is the result of the action of catecholamines, a deficiency of potassium and magnesium, the cardiotoxic effect of aldehydes and ketones, as well as vegetative imbalance.
If the case takes a really serious turn and you understand that you cannot do without a doctor, then you can get an IV in the hospital. With a hangover, myocardial oxygen demand is increased, so the intravenous repolarizing mixture (glucose + insulin + potassium + magnesium) works best. 1–2 ampoules of asparkam are dissolved in 250–500 ml of 5% glucose solution and from 2 to 4 U of insulin is added.
To some extent, the polarizing mixture can be replaced with Ringer-Locke solution (sodium chloride 9 g, sodium bicarbonate, calcium chloride and potassium chloride 0.2 g each, glucose 1 g, water for injection up to 1 l). In particularly difficult situations, beta-blockers have to be used. All these funds should be prescribed by a doctor, they are not suitable for self-administration.
Also read a separate article on how to effectively get rid of the most common symptoms of a hangover, and with what dangerous symptoms only a doctor can cope.
What not to do with a heartbeat with a hangover
If you have a fast heartbeat after alcohol, do not take anaprilin: it is incompatible with alcohol.
Under the action of ethanol, the toxicity of anaprilin is significantly increased, that is, the possibility of side effects increases, which this drug already has a lot, including: depression, hallucinations, sinus bradycardia, AV blockade (up to the development of complete transverse blockade and heart failure) abnormal liver function, bronchospasm, thrombocytopenia (unusual bleeding and hemorrhage) and many other reactions.
Do not take with a hangover phenazepam, phenibut, afobazole, Corvalol, valocordin and valosterine. Afobazole and Phenibut for a hangover are simply useless, and phenazepam, Corvalol, Valocordin and Valoserdin are totally incompatible with alcohol (for hangover, alcohol is still present in the blood) and can cause very dangerous conditions.
Read also our articles on what sedatives help sleep with a hangover, as well as which drugs combined with alcohol is life threatening.
If your heart beats with a hangover, then this imposes some restrictions on how to treat a hangover. For example, with a hangover with a pulse higher than 110 beats per minute, it is forbidden to visit a steam bath or sauna (it is better to replace it with a salt bath), otherwise the heart will be too stressed.
With a rapid pulse from a hangover, it is not recommended to drink energy drinks and play sports. These events, although they accelerate the return of efficiency with a hangover, but are forbidden with the slightest heart problems: they themselves burden the heart, and there is already a negative effect of alcohol on the cardiovascular system.
How to treat tachycardia after binge
Increased blood pressure and tachycardia – the most common problems when leaving a long binge. You can fight tachycardia by taking corinfar under the tongue. With anaprilin you need to be very careful, as overdosing can cause serious complications.
With a very strong tachycardia after a binge, when not to avoid seeking medical help, infusion detoxification with potassium and magnesium, diuretics, and sometimes – beta-blockers, calcium blockers helps. But this is all applied strictly under the supervision of a doctor.
Independently of tachycardia during binge drinking, it is possible, as with a normal hangover, to escape with potassium chloride and magnesia, with a difference of one hour. It is necessary to dilute the contents of the ampoule in a half glass of water – and take orally in the morning and evening, within 3-4 days. Remember that usually the state of health returns to normal no earlier than in a number of days equal to the length of the binge. So do not expect that the rapid heartbeat after binge will pass instantly.
Read about chemistry, which is put in alcohol in an interview with food chemist Sergey Belkov
The remaining, more dangerous disorders (cardiac arrhythmia, deterioration of the blood supply to the heart muscle, cardiovascular insufficiency) should be treated exclusively in the hospital.
The article was last updated: 2019-01-20
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