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What causes a racing heart and high blood pressure while sleeping?

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Dr. Michael Dansie answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Many causes: Many common causes include: -a diet high in fat and cholesterol -not exercising regularly or not exercising hard enough -being overweight -a family history of high blood pressure -tobacco use -stress -some birth control medicines -kidney and hormone problems if you have high blood pressure, you should be seen by your family practice physician.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Sal Aragona answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Not normal: These are typical signs of sleep apnea, a condition which involve periods of ten seconds or more without breathing (apnea) and periods of time with shallow breathing and a significant decrease in blood oxygen levels (hypopnia). This condition can be diagnosed by a sleep specialist with either an overnight at home sleep test or at a sleep clinic.

Answered 4/10/2018

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