Sometimes my heart feels like its racing before bed time

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   Posted 10/18/2006 1:04 AM (GMT -6)   
causing me not to sleep well. Its like i can here it beating and then all of a sudden i here nothing. Why does it go away like that. It didn't stop beating did it or skipping i hope.
 i am on verapamil a bp med that i take in the morning . My bp is fine now though suppovely.
This all started out as gerd of all things with an asthma like feeling. The gerd is 80 percent gone

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   Posted 10/18/2006 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
good old fashioned anxiety could cause these symptoms. However, the only way to know that you are okay is to get checked out. GERD is also flared up by anxiety. Anxiety puts a heavy load on our adrenals and all of the nerves in our body and our body has to reflect what's going on somehow. Do you do deep breathing exercises when this happens? Do it for 20 mins and see if is still happening. If it just anxiety and you do the very steady and deep breathing it should go away -- at least for a little while. If it doesn't all the more reason to get checked out.
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   Posted 10/18/2006 4:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes it does sound like A/P I have the heart racing thing every night while laying and trying to sleep
I have come to counting the beats now and doing alot of deep breathing to combat this and most times it does work
If it continues do see your doc though please and post and let us know how you made out okay
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   Posted 10/19/2006 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey warrior, I have this symptom too. And it is so hard to go to sleep. My heart races, then slows down, skips beats and sometimes feels like it literally 'jumps' up in my throat. I would definitely suggest getting it checked out though it most likely is just one of the terrible symptoms of anxiety disorder. I have had all the tests done on my heart and I am completely healthy. Hopefully this will make you feel better. I find that I have to completely distract my mind from what is going on in my body in order to overcome it. I try to do the breathing exercises though sometimes it is very hard to focus. I take Valerian (an herb, you can get it at Wal-Mart otc) at night before I go to bed but I make sure to drink a big glass of water and make sure I have eaten cause it can cause heartburn, thus making me freak out even more! lol I hope I have helped you. Let us know how you are doing. God bless you...  panicinID

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   Posted 10/20/2006 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
hey warrior, i have this problem. have you asked your doc about a beta blocker?? i take ziac, and it helps the heart palps and the blood pressure, of course everyones different, but maybe you could ask your doc. I do agree the breathing exercises are a blessing too, good luck and keep us posted
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