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25 m, had a dream that i was having a heart attack and i could literally feel the chest pain. it woke me up 2 hours after sleeping, palpitating and anxious w/high bp. normal ecg, chest xray. did i just have a heart attack in my sleep/dream?

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Dr. Jerry Smith answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

It is quite possible you experienced an acute anxiety episode triggered while sleeping. This is not that unusual and can convince a person they are having a heart attack. I recommend checking in with a mental health expert or primary care provider to assess for other possible symptoms of anxiety or related concerns.

Answered 9/16/2023

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