Rapid Heat beat when waking up

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cheeterky
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   Posted 1/2/2012 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
For last week or so, been waking up and can feel my heart pounding so this morning I grabbed my BP wrist monitor and checked it, my BP was pretty good like 105/73 but my pulse was 140...I thought this bloody thing must be broke so I tried it again, and again my BP was really good but my pulse was 135, to ad to this I feel a little outta breath. So I took out the trash and came and sat down and took it again, this time my BPM was 77. I'm not on any meds for my anxiety. Any clues? Thanx in advance


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   Posted 1/2/2012 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Cheet,
 
Rapid heartbeat on waking up is something you should talk with your Dr. about to rule out any medical causes.  If it is indeed anxiety then perhaps it is time to talk with your Dr. re treatment for anxiety.
 
We also have a great heart forum if you would like to post  in that forum also.
 
Kindly,
 
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   Posted 1/2/2012 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it possible that you are waking up with a bad dream? Or maybe in a panic attack? Many people wake up with a rush of adrenaline and cortisol when they are overwhelmed with anxiety, but I would agree with Kitt that it wouldn't hurt to get it checked out with your dr. just to be sure.

The fact that your heartrate dropped after you got your mind off of it is good, so in the meantime, concentrate on breathing and relaxation exercises when it feels like it is racing or pounding:)

Take care and let us know how you are doing soon,
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Camylou
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   Posted 1/3/2012 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, cheeterky, my name's Camylou.  Hey, you know what? That happens to me quite a lot--waking up with a rapid heartbeat.  When my bladder wakes up in the wee hours of the morning, I was used to just jumping right out of bed.  But no more--that's a mistake.  I find myself dizzy, swaying, out of breath, and sometimes sitting on the bathroom floor with my heart pounding, waiting for it to calm down.  I'm on several meds, three for depression, anxiety/panic attacks and bipolar, so I don't know if any of those cause this.  Could be I have an irregular heartbeat, it's shown up before but under circumstances like an allergic reaction.  I'd check through your meds and see if any of them can give you a rapid heartbeat, and maybe a trip to the doctor too just to talk things out with him/her.  I'll be keeping you in my thoughts, my new friend.
Camylou

vestabula
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   Posted 1/3/2012 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I often wake up with a racing heart.  My testing turned out fine.  According to my doctor, cortisol kicks in early in the morning to help wake us up.  When we have anxiety issues and are sensitive to bodily functions, the cortisol can sometimes give us a rapid or pounding heart beat...sort of like adrenaline rushes.  I try not to over react to it as that makes it worse.
 
Like others have said, if it worries you it's best to have it checked out by your doctor.
 
Donna

auburnfan
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   Posted 1/4/2012 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Cheeterky,
I used to do the same thing, no matter the time of day. I would think that my heart was going to beat out of my chest or explode. Kinda like the feeling you have when you are very scared. Would feel tired and sleepy at times. Could fall asleep if I was still for a few minutes.
I saw a cardiologist who did a series of tests including a tilt test and echocardiogram and determined that I have mitral valve prolapse. One thing that he asked me and I had not noticed was if when I slept on my left side that the rapid heartbeat was worse...and after thinking about it, it was true for me. Just few things you might want to consider.
I take atenolol (for around 17 years now) and can really tell if I miss a dose. I would consider seeing a cardiologist. You may have to obtain a referral from your MD as many cardiologists require one.
Good luck to you and please post back the outcome if you see a cardiologist.

Blessings!

auburnfan
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   Posted 1/4/2012 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I forgot to add: lay off the caffeine products if you haven't already. It was REALLY affecting my heart beat and I just feel better overall since changing over to flavored water:-) ....I'm not saying its easy to completely come off of caffeine but you will be glad you did. Even on my meds, if I drink a soda or tea with caffeine, my heart beat will go crazy...pounding rapidly and almost feels like I have a little difficulty breathing in my upper chest and throat. Sounds wierd but cannot explain it any other way. Other people that I know who have mitral valve explained it the same way. Hope this helps a little.

Blessings!

cheeterky
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   Posted 1/6/2012 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanx all, since then I've had the worst cold of my life and have been stuck here at my home, might go to MD tomorrow and get some meds for this bloody cold and will mention the rapid heart beats. It hasn't done it since I posted this thread, but I have felt really strange all week, like I'm walking around drunk.

I think I'm turning into Bill Murray's character Bob in "what about Bob"
"Baby Steps","I need to take a vacation from my problems" or "Dr Marvin your death therapy cured me"

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 1/6/2012 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Great Movie!!!, Lol:)

I hope that you feel better soon, let us know how you're doing, and what the doctor says...could've just been a reaction to your coming down with something. When I have the flu, my heart pounds, I think it's just something that people with anxiety notice and react to.

Feel better,
S.C.
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
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