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Hi all,

I have been getting such bad heart palpitations the past week. I constantly feel like my heart is racing or skipping beats or both! It does it quite a bit after a eat and in the middle of the night. Does anyone else have it at these times?

I've told my doctor and she finds it really bizarre that they only seem to occur at these times. I am supposed to stop eating and sleeping :rolleyes: ?!?!

I've had two EKGS, an Echo, and numerous blood tests. I even got taken to ER in an amulance because my heart started beating erratically at work and I thought I was going to go into Cardiac Arrest. I guess that is my real concer- that my heart is just going to stop!

Every test they've done has always come back normal, and from what I understand an Echo with doppler is a pretty good detector of heart disease. If my heart is healthy I just dont understand why these symptoms won't go away.

I'm trying really hard not to "have" anxiety, but I cant help it when this happens. :mad:
Hi There - I too am having what you describe. I've had it for a few years and totally believe now that it's all stress/anxiety related. The middle of the night wake up calls are the worst. Along with the palps I use my bp monitor and see such high numbers it's more frightening than ever. I wish I had an answer why this happens to us during the night. My friend told me our subconsous takes over and therefore our anxiety from that day, or our stress, is relived. Who knows.
I've had Anxiety Disorder for several months. I take .75 to 1 mg Clonazepam daily, and that helps, but sometimes I still have to take a .25 mg Xanax if I'm having some panic symptoms. My symptoms are all the ones that you describe: racing heartbeat, rise in blood pressure, and palpitations. I just had a panic attack the other night (about 7:00 pm, after I ate dinner) where I had 4 or 5 of the heart "flip-flops" within a few minutes. I know that they're PVC's and that they're supposed to be harmlesss, but they still scare the heck out of me, and that just spirals the anxiety into a higher level. I run about 20 miles a week, so I know my heart is fine, but it's tough to deal with sometimes anyway.

Hang in there. There are so many of us going through the same thing.
Just want to share my experience with you guys...about 15 yrs ago had my first experience with waking up in the night with heart rate of 140. My husband called the dr on call and he suggested to bear down--like when you try to have a bowel movement. Worked immediately for me. Also just last Jan I went to Urgent Care because I had irregular heartbeat all day and was starting to get sick to my stomach. They did an EKG which showed PVC's and called an ambulance to take me to the hospital. The blood tests showed no heart attack, but they admitted me for more tests. When I got home, I wanted to learn more about PVC's and found that they are often caused by chocolate & heat. Well, just so happens that I had been given a big box of chocolates for Christmas & was
spending a lot of time on a heating pad. When I quit them, no more PVC's.
It seems that there are many causes of irregular heartbeats, such as caffeine, hormones, stress & even-over-the-counter meds. Just want to reassure others who are also like me prone to anxiety and panic & suggest that you try to analyze what might be in your diet or lifestyle that would precipitate these episodes. It could be something very simple. Hope this helps ease your minds.
Palpitations are nothing to worry about but they keep me from doing my hardcore exercise routine now that my anxiety is back. Anxiety really sucks. I am getting better but i'm not completely better. Not 3 weeks ago i could go out drinking with my buddies wake up hungover,throw up and still run 3 miles with no Palpitations. No that im having anxiety attacks again i get Palpitations after a night of drinking water and getting 10 hours sleep. Its all in our heads. Anxiety does makes the mind create horrible phisical symptoms.
I actually had a really scary incident of palpitations/skipped beats last night as I was about to try to sleep. I was checking my pulse, as I have a tendency to do when I'm going through long bouts of anxiety, and I noticed that it was quite low (down to my pre-anxiety norm of 58 BPM). That made me happy until I started feeling long pauses with NO beat whatsoever. Because the heart rate was so slow to begin with, it literally felt like my heart had stopped for a few seconds. There was quite a string of these too, during which I could feel fluttering in my chest. Now, it's been years since I've felt such sensations, and when I previously did, my heart was always beating at a much faster pace, making the "skip" timeframe very brief. I'm only 36 and five years ago when I went through my first bout of anxiety I had a hospital EKG followed by a 24-hour Holter monitor. Nothing showed up on either, even though I swore to my doctor I was feeling skipped beats a lot. He insisted I had a normal sinus rhythm, so I guess I have to believe that's still the case, especially since I've seen my GP three times in the past 4 months. It's probably best to just ignore them (since stress can make these sensations worse) but how does someone anxious get it out of his/her head that there isn't a more serious underlying cause? I've alerted my immediate family members to the issue, just in case I don't wake up some morning. And you know what scares me even more? It's thinking about the heart arrhythmia that killed Anna Nicole's 20-year-old son, apparently brought on by a combination of prescription meds. Nine out of ten of us on this board are taking at least one, and probably more than one, similar drug. According to a doctor that was interviewed by Larry King on the subject, these central nervous system drugs should not be taken in combinations yet nearly every medical professional insists (and in many cases encourages) taking a benzo with an SSRI or other AD. Scary indeed.
[QUOTE=anxiousagain]I actually had a really scary incident of palpitations/skipped beats last night as I was about to try to sleep. I was checking my pulse, as I have a tendency to do when I'm going through long bouts of anxiety, and I noticed that it was quite low (down to my pre-anxiety norm of 58 BPM). That made me happy until I started feeling long pauses with NO beat whatsoever. Because the heart rate was so slow to begin with, it literally felt like my heart had stopped for a few seconds. There was quite a string of these too, during which I could feel fluttering in my chest.[/QUOTE]

I have the exact same thing happen to me almost every night - especially if I lay on my left side. I had a holter monitor on the other day and it happened (thank goodness) so I am anxious to see what the monitor picked up. I will let you know.





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