Rapid Heartbeat Upon Awakening
I'm wondering if anyone else has ever experienced rapid heatrbeats upon awakening? My problem started in February of this year; in the beginning it was happening about 2 times a week, in the past month, it's starting to happen almost everyday. I'm 48 y/o female, 138 lbs., no known health problems, don't smoke or drink, do any drugs and consume NO caffeine. When I went to the Dr for this in March 2011, he basically shrugged it off as anxiety and asked if I wanted to start on Zoloft. This made me mad because this does not feel like anxiety and I told him that, it's as if he didn't hear anything I said. He didn't even order a Holter Monitor. As I said earlier, these episodes are now happening almost every morning when I awake. As soon as my eyes open, I can feel my heart beating faster, then when I step out of bed and am standing up - it goes even faster. I feel it's at about 180 - 200 bpm - and it is scaring me to death. Usually by the time I use the restroom, brush my teeth and wash my face, it has slowed down - today it didn't so I took an Ativan .05mg. My heart slowed down in about 15 minutes - I truly think it would have slowed down on its own even if I hadn't taken the Ativan. During these episodes I have no other symptoms such as, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, or lightheadness. I know I need to go back to my Dr. but he just seems to ant to brush everything off as anxiety. Anyone else experience anything like this? Thank you for reading.