Re: please help!
Let me first start by saying that I have SVT, but I also have experienced a rapid heartbeat in the middle of the night like you have described, with shakiness, flushing and sometimes sweating. For me, the two types of heart racing are two different things with different causes, as diagnosed by my cardiologist. For about two months off and on, I experienced what you have, waking up with my heart pounding and running fast. It was also not at all like the SVT that I have had since age 18, so I knew it must have been caused by something else, like maybe hormones. It did seem like it could be a panic attack, especially because I would always have a nightmare before awakening with the uncomfortable symptoms. It also happened more often about a week or two before my period. I mentioned this to my endocrinologist and she said without even batting an eye, that it is a common occurrence when blood sugar levels are too low. After she told me that, if I had an episode during the night, I would think back on what I ate that day and sure enough, it was practically nothing, and little to no protein. When I made an effort to eat more throughout the day, or at least not waiting until late in the day to eat anything, my symptoms went away. Of course I still have SVT, and thankfullly I haven't had many episodes lately, but I haven't had a middle of the night situation like I used to since my endo told me about the low blood sugar. You might want to keep this in mind if you have another episode, and see if your symptoms could be caused by not eating properly that day before. Your situation sounds so much like mine was, maybe eating small meals throughout the day and having a protein snack before bed might help you with your symptoms. I hope this helps! Lily