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Old 11-20-2011, 07:33 PM   #1
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Rapid Heartbeat Upon Awakening

Hello Everyone!
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.

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Old 11-23-2011, 05:10 AM   #2
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Re: Rapid Heartbeat Upon Awakening

Too much salt and/or carbohydrates in one's diet; various supplements; an unbalanced diet; allergic reactions to the bed; eating too late at night; medications taken too late at night; supplements or lotions used too late at night; heart valve problems; heart disease; hormonal changes can all result in increased morning heart rate problems, IMHO.
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:13 AM   #3
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Re: Rapid Heartbeat Upon Awakening

My heart does that in the morning sometimes. I can feel it racing and I just want to stay in the bed. I have a Heart Valve defect since I was born called Pulmonary Atresia with VSD and Tetralogy of Fallot. It has gotten worse in the last few months of so, I notice it much more. I go to the Doctor at the end of this month, I will have to explain it to him.

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Old 11-25-2011, 09:59 AM   #4
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Re: Rapid Heartbeat Upon Awakening

If I read it correctly, you are having a tachycardia episode. If your normal HB is 60 and it goes to double as in 120 then you are getting a rogue extra pulse.
I have had this for many years and need a small OP to fix it.
I have found that if I strain myself like pressing in the loo or doing situps in bed, then it reverts to normal.
I once had it in my shop for 2 hours and my cooldrink order came in and I had to help unpack the heavy cases. It reverted after the second case.
This might be in my case but check it out with your Doc.

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Re: Rapid Heartbeat Upon Awakening

I have the exact same symptoms..every heart..very scary. My blood pressure is usually in the 120/80's..but an occasional 139 over 90 pops in there. Before this "morning rapid heart beat got so bad, I thought I aw having a heart attack. Rushed to hospital..then transferred to another hospital..only to be told that my heart was fine. I was referred to a gastrointestinal specialist..they told me that sometimes, severe to moderate acid reflux can cause symptoms that mimic symptoms of a heart attack....but...These rapid morning heartbeats are a regular thing every morning. I told my physician about this..he asked..does the rapid heart beat stop after a specific time or after something I do. I told him that I take two types of pain killers in the "am" due to multiple injuries sustained in a car wreck..after I take heart seems to settle the medicine possibly covering something up? Something that could be hurting me more than I know? Need some help here. Please

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Re: Rapid Heartbeat Upon Awakening

Greetings, Welcome to the Heart disorder healthboard! I hope the needed support and help is found! Sometimes dehydration to some extent can make a heart beat a lot faster to some people but with a heart disorder if one gets too much water there can also a problem if the kidneys are not putting it out properly. Monitoring water intake and ouput to some extent might be helpful in the opinion of some people. A cardiologist might be better able to find any potential difficulties. Peace, sjb

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