A 30-year-old male asked:
i'm constantly waking up lately with a pounding heart. what would cause this?. no breathlessness or pain. i suffer with fibro & anxiety.
2 doctor answers
Dr. Donald Alves answered
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Excess awareness : If you are generally healthy, in your age group, it is often due to "getting lost in your head" as you try to relax. It is more noticeable at night since it is quiet/dark (=less other inputs), and you are lying down. If you are thin, that can further increase this. If you count your pulse while lying there and it is between 50-90 and regular, it is unlikely an emergency. You can always ask your md.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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