Waking with a racing heart

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dixibella
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   Posted 3/24/2009 4:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I woke up this morning out of the blue (well before the alarm) and felt kind of odd, couldn't go back to sleep, so I got up. I was trembling so I took my pulse and my heart was racing like crazy. So much that it was making my body shake and my head pound. It freaked me out so bad I nearly had my husband drive me to the emergency room. I managed to just lay back in bed and breathe thru it till my heart calmed down but now its 7am and I feel like I ran a marathon, I'm so tired and I'm terrified my heart is going to start racing again. I'm not sure if I should call my doctor, I'm on Toprol which should prevent the racing from happening. I feel so loopy and out of it and like I'm going to collapse any moment.
I'm also scared because I worked out yesterday for the first time in a long time and I'm sort of afraid that brought it on. I want to go back to the gym because I really need to get moving but I'm so scared its going to trigger another episode. I thought I was doing a good thing to help me feel better and now I feel worse than I have in weeks. shakehead   What do I do???

Raniah
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   Posted 3/24/2009 4:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Dixi:

I don't know much about Toprol, but from what I understand, it's a heart medication (am I right?). If your doctor has told you that this med is supposed to prevent heart racing, and yet you are still experiencing it, then I'd talk to him/her. I'm not saying you are having a heart problem, just that any adverse reactions to meds, or continued symptoms that are supposed to go away, should be reported to your doctor, IMO.

Having said that, the description of what you are feeling this a.m. sounds a lot like what I go through after sleeping, particularly if I'm waking up with a bit of a jolt. I have nighttime panic attacks, which sometimes manifest themselves upon waking in the early hours. I know you and I have posted together before at some point, and I'm trying to remember.....did you have a physical check-up already to make sure your health is a-ok? I'm making an assumption that the doc put you on Toprol for anxiety-related reasons and not because you have hypertension or some other issue, but please clarify that for me if I'm mistaken.

If you have the go-ahead from your doc on exercising, I'd say keep doing it, by all means. I have been out of my gym routine for a while, and I've already noticed how much better I felt when I was working out regularly. It's a great way to handle stress, and it will make you feel like you're doing something good for yourself (and we can all use that feeling, right?).

Please try not to worry....I know it's hard.....and give your doctor a call about the racing heart and other symptoms. And let me know what happens, okay? Take good care of yourself. I really hope you feel better soon. (((hugs)))

Raniah
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   Posted 3/24/2009 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Dixi:

Me again. It just came to me, and I'm so sorry I didn't realize while I was posting to you. You are the person who has recently experienced several losses....family, as well as beloved animals. You have been under an enormous amount of stress, and it's not surprising to me in the least that you are struggling with anxiety right now. Please do talk to your doctor.....you deserve all the healing and support you can get right now. And please be gentle with yourself....you've been through so much.

dixibella
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   Posted 3/24/2009 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much Raniah. I agree I think its probably a result of stress, I just haven't had a nocturnal PA in a long time and they always are the worst for me. I am not looking up my symptoms online but I think I will check in with my doctor just to be sure. I'm going to see about getting in with a therapist as well just so maybe I can process some of this stuff and move past it. Thanks for your support I appreciate it!

stkitt
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   Posted 3/24/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Dixie,

Metoprolol (Toprol) is a beta-adrenergic blocking agent. Beta-blockers work by interfering with the action of adrenaline and its related chemicals.

Beta blockers slow your heart rate, which can prevent the increase in heart rate that typically occurs with exercise. As a result, the usual age-adjusted target heart rate doesn't work for measuring exercise intensity. No matter how vigorously you exercise when taking a beta blocker, you may never achieve your "target."

I am glad you are going to see your physician and do ask about the problems with the tachycardia and how it will be affected by exercise when taking this medication.

I take Inderal  and I go by how I feel when exercising not by target heart rates.

Just a little fyi for you and I am sorry you have to be going through so much stress right now.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


 

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dixibella
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   Posted 3/25/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I ended up having an emergency appt at my doctors office today after I told her nurse about the symptoms. They hooked me up to the EKG and although my palps were noticeable everything looked good. When I told her about everything going on and that my we just found out my grandmother is dying she wasn't surprised that I've had a resurgence of the attacks and said if my palps get worse we can try upping the Toprol. I'm relieved that everything is "OK" but still frustrated I feel this way. She also gave me a list of therapists in the area to check out... *gulp* that will be a big step for me. I'm not sure I'm ready but at this point I suppose it can't hurt.
I did learn that apparently anxiety runs rampant in my family! Besides my mom, I found out my grandfather, both my uncles, and a bunch of my 1st and second cousins have horrible anxiety! And I never even knew! Actually my Uncle lent me his anxiety program from Lucinda Bassett, I've heard of it before but never tried it so I'm going to give it a whirl. I also got the ok to continue at the gym so here is hoping.
Thanks everyone for the great support and advice.
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