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Heart palpitations after waking up :(

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My heart usually rests at 80-84 beats before i go to bed however today. After i woke up its been palpitating more than usual. It will go up to 90-96 and thats uncomfortable for me. My back muscles are tensed and feel i cant breathe. Im constantly checking my pulse. Im not sure if the cold weather here in LA has anything to do with it but my thanksgiving has been ruined. Already started off bad and i dont know what to think. I have hd 4 ekgs done in the past with no warning of something serious reassurance please i beg of it
Ive been focusing on it since i woke up. Ive had a snack and water since waking up i just dont know why today now its doing what its doing i fear a developing heart attack or something serious :(
 
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do you feel stressed or anxious before you sleep? this happens to me when i sleep worried or stressed.
i also get heart palpitations whenever i wake up from an afternoon nap. it's weird and worrisome, that's why i avoid taking naps.
google says it's connected to sleep apnea and better to get it checked by the doctor.
 

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My girlfriend has been taking an antidepressant each morning for a while, but the other day she forgot it. At dinner, she had a little alcohol as well (which dehydrates you). She falls asleep before I do, and we were in bed and she kept having awful nightmares. She wears a Fitbit with heart rate monitoring on it and is usually around 70, so I checked hers while she was having a particularly bad dream and it was up to 120! I woke her up then and tried to calm her down, and she noted she was feeling palpitations. I guess my point is that our hearts can do some crazy stuff while we're sleeping but it doesn't indicate that the heart itself is in distress. Making sure you're hydrated and won't be overheated can go a long way, too.
 

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I do play video games but last night i watched a movie and then felt a tension headache arise. My left temple had a bit of pressure and then my scalp and head felt tight and tensed. I went to sleep around 3:30am and woke up around 6:30-7am to grab my phone charger and noticed my heart palpitating a bit. I sleep with my mouth open and have been having snacks at night. So not sure if my body working itself is causing the palpitations or maybe anxiety being a fool. But again just a bit ago i had some ham and turkey and little after the food settled in my stomach ive had some palpitations. Even from the video games that probably played a part. But ever since the weather got cold ive been having more palpitations. All together i really dont know what's causing them
 

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Palpitations can certainly occur during digestion... in fact, that's one of the worst times for me if I'm already feeling sensitive about my heart. That is extremely common and normal.

There is also a general consensus that eating at night isn't all that good for us, for a number of reasons. In my case, I seem to have developed GERD recently, so eating at night (which I used to do as part of my winding-down routine) has had to stop. You might want to adjust your eating schedule as well so your stomach isn't demanding blood to aid in digestion while you try to sleep?
 

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Yea so far today has been a bit better. Uh did sleep kind of rough but the palpitations where there until 5am. My therapist is out of the country but is coming back in 2 days so by then im hoping these scumbag of palpitations calm down. But i dont wanna google and i havent. I just fear of a developing heart attack or some sort of heart issue which i know isnt the case. Anxiety is being a bully. But im not gonna eat late like i did i havent done that in awhile and it made me feel gross. I had a mild stomach ache at night also when i woke up but could be due to heavy digestion after eating turkey and ham
 

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Have you ever tried beta blockers? They help me so much with palpitations! I've had nebivolol for years, and was recently prescribed propanolol as well for shorter durations.
 

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Have you ever tried beta blockers? They help me so much with palpitations! I've had nebivolol for years, and was recently prescribed propanolol as well for shorter durations.
Is it necessary? I dont think i have blood pressure problems unless its given for anxiety. I have xanax but i would like to use zero meds and fight off unless i really really need to use meds
 

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The beta blockers weren't prescribed to me for blood pressure problems, they were prescribed specifically to control the heart palpitations -- and they work wonders! I agree with your approach to take as little medicine as possible, but I can't deny the results. I also have Xanax, but I find that the two medicines are useful for different things. Xanax is good to take when there's just too much ambient anxiety, or to fight off an anxiety attack. Beta blockers are good when my brain isn't playing tricks on me, and yet my heart is going haywire and I honestly can't pinpoint why. Taking Xanax in that situation might calm me down, sure, but what I really need is for my heart to regulate out; I don't need something for anxiety, because the anxiety is all coming from my wondering why the heck I'm having heart palpitations for no reason! You see the issue there? Why only treat the anxiety if you can treat its original cause, which in our case in those situations is the out-of-control heart pounding? Of course that's the medicinal route, and I understand you'd like to avoid it... but it never hurts to have an ace up your sleeve with this stuff.
 

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The beta blockers weren't prescribed to me for blood pressure problems, they were prescribed specifically to control the heart palpitations -- and they work wonders! I agree with your approach to take as little medicine as possible, but I can't deny the results. I also have Xanax, but I find that the two medicines are useful for different things. Xanax is good to take when there's just too much ambient anxiety, or to fight off an anxiety attack. Beta blockers are good when my brain isn't playing tricks on me, and yet my heart is going haywire and I honestly can't pinpoint why. Taking Xanax in that situation might calm me down, sure, but what I really need is for my heart to regulate out; I don't need something for anxiety, because the anxiety is all coming from my wondering why the heck I'm having heart palpitations for no reason! You see the issue there? Why only treat the anxiety if you can treat its original cause, which in our case in those situations is the out-of-control heart pounding? Of course that's the medicinal route, and I understand you'd like to avoid it... but it never hurts to have an ace up your sleeve with this stuff.
I do see my doctor monday for blood work so i can bring up the situations on top og the beta blockers. To be safe i may also ask foe a stress test and echocardiogram to rule anything out since ekgs rule out something else. I was able to calm down some more tonight but hate feeling what i feel thank you TX
 

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I do see my doctor monday for blood work so i can bring up the situations on top og the beta blockers. To be safe i may also ask foe a stress test and echocardiogram to rule anything out since ekgs rule out something else. I was able to calm down some more tonight but hate feeling what i feel thank you TX
I'd recommend asking your doctor if they feel like a stress test and/or echo is necessary, instead of asking for the tests. You may feel like those tests would help, but I'm willing to bet you'd feel fine for a short time and go right back to worrying. IMO it's time to tackle the root cause - anxiety.
 

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I'd recommend asking your doctor if they feel like a stress test and/or echo is necessary, instead of asking for the tests. You may feel like those tests would help, but I'm willing to bet you'd feel fine for a short time and go right back to worrying. IMO it's time to tackle the root cause - anxiety.
Of course they would do some help. However being a hypochondriac does suck. I woke up just about 20-30 minutes ago to a gassy slight stomach ache and still having palps. :( the thought of a developing heart attack came back
 

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I have noticed a pattern. After any meal i have with Meat, cheese, or in. General heavy foods my heart will palpitate. Ive also have had indigestion since thanks giving. Lots of gas and sometimes trouble using the #2 my heart palpitated at 88-90 beats which is in the normal range. I dont feel dizzy ever nor do i fee light headed. No crazy chest pain. If theres any pain its where my muscles are tensed. My neck, head, shoulders and lower back. Sometimes my stomach will have pains and after i burp or pass gas “lol” the stomach pain wont happen or be around until eating again and the cycle repeats. My body tends to get warm in these situations. My thing is, is this anxiety related. This may have no serious connection to heart failure, heart disease or problems with my arteries like how i googled and assumed so. My mom reminded me back in 9th grade with terrible anxiety my palpitations lasted 20 hours long after any meal. I would call home after having PE because my heart was racing. And when i was younger i was tested and was never told anything and dealt with the palpitations for 6-7 months at the age of 15. So heres my thing if my pulse was super high past 100 beats or out of normal range i should be worried correct? Because now I'm getting at this is on anxiety and im making it worse by manifesting it in my head. I just no longer wanna feel what i feel now any longer at all. And i want to stop worrying of heart disease, heart problems or a heart attack or an aneurysm. For everyone whos respond thank you. Its helped out little by little. For one i need to STOP GOOGLING! And 2 this may be my last post if someone can explain from this last post. I still see the doctor monday and going to see if theres a need for a echocardiogram or a 24 holter monitor for my heart etc.
Mind i forgot to say i am 22 years old.
I also saw this post which i relate too
I am also asthmatic so i do use a steroid inhaler when i start to have trouble breathing or wheezing
 

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Update: heart palps arent as bad today noticed possible ibs triggering this? Ill speak to my doctor tomorrow with all concerns and thoughts i hve
 

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I visited my doctor today post anxiety attack (episode) my bp was at 130/78 my pulse at 110 and went down after me crying and panicking my pulse went down to 85 no irregular heart rhythms . They did a ecg that was similar to my other one but this time it said “possible pericarditis”
My doctor wasn’t worried and explained that if there was some danger and she didnt send me to the ER that was gonna be a no no. But overall wasnt worried she wants me to see a cardiologist forsure. I just dont know what to think i feel my lifes on edge :( i cant stop crying.
 
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