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.
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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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.
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 morning..racing 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 started...it 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 them..my heart seems to settle down..but..is the medicine possibly covering something up? Something that could be hurting me more than I know? Need some help here. Please
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