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Old 07-14-2005, 07:37 AM   #1
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Fast Heart

I've been having this fast heart beat upon waking. It's happening every morning. My blood pressure is normal 120/72 and my heart rate during the day is normally in the low 80s.

I've been trying to find information about this and now I'm worried that it's not just a fast heart beat and that instead it's a heart spasm.

Does anyone else have this problem and should I be concerned?

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Old 07-14-2005, 10:06 AM   #2
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Re: Fast Heart

Upon waking the HR should be an accurate reading for the HR at rest. You don't state the morning calculation, but if it is consistently over 100 there is a problem. A spasm is more at random times than consistently every mornining.

 
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Old 07-14-2005, 04:45 PM   #3
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Re: Fast Heart

Thanks for the response.....

I've never taken my pulse in the morning because I'm too stressed trying to move around so it'll slow down, which it does once I get up.

What kind of problem could it be if it's over 100 consistantly every morning. I'm guessing it's easily over 100.

I made a doctor's appointment so hopefully it'll set my mind at ease.

 
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Sounds like "flutters." You should take your pulse and also time how long you have these flutters. Since they probably stopped by the time you see the doctor it will help the doctor with his diagnosis. When I started to have flutters, I actually kept a log to show the doctor. He probably will put you on beta blockers to slow the heart down.

 
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Could it be perhaps stress? Today is Saturday and it's the first day this week that I haven't had the really fast heart beating upon waking.

 
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It could be stress. I get a fast heart rate upon awakening sometimes and I've noticed that it happens when I awake from a dream or when I have something on my mind.
Then there're the other mornings when I wake up with a nice and slow heart rate and these are the times I feel most relaxed.

 
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Re: Fast Heart

Put me down for stress too.

Often there is something about the time between dreaming and waking that is neither here nor there and anxieties can be multilpied.

Two guesses might be:
1. Bad dreams that are forrgotten on awakening but continue to exert adrenal stress.
2. A particulary HATEFUL job! (Is it worse on weekdays?)

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Re: Fast Heart

Sometimes my heart beat is high upon waking, and even though I usually don't remember my dreams, I can feel it's because I was dreaming... I feel "stressy"... Usually I feel calmer after 5 minutes, and my heart beat is slower too.

 
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I was glad to read someone else has a fast heart rate upon waking of a morning. I have been on a beta blocker since I was 26 years old. I am now 36. What I do that helps me more than anything is I set my clock 30 minutes prior to having to get up and then I have another clock that wakes me up TO GET UP. I take my medicine with the first alarm and by the time the other one goes off the med is in my system and no heart racing. I have tachycardia. Not the serious kind or so I was told then. But my 'resting' heart rate was 120 then. Now it's 70. Hope that helps you some. I know the anxiety your feeling from it (which can make it worse too)

 
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Re: Fast Heart

Good point Ga Lady. My BB (coreg) is a fast acting drug and should be taken with food to slow down and even out the affect. There may be no effect by morning time.

Fast HR can be related to an overactive thyroid gland, electrolite imbalance, or some other mineral/vitamin deficiency.

 
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I read on a heart forum answered by Cleveland Clinic cardios that it is normal to have a higher rate in the morning. It is the getting up and getting started. I am on meds to slow my heart rate down and I can still be at 120 bpm in the morning. I have IST and my highest rate was 170 bpm, other types of tachycardia can get higher, but that is near my maximum anyway. If you're just having it in the morning I'm not sure it's too much to be concerned with, if you think you're having it throughout the day why not ask for a holter monitor? Sometimes it's nice to get checked out to get some peace of mind.

 
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