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Enfield, CT
A 29-year-old female asked:

My heart feels like it is beating harder. couldnt go back to sleep cause i was very aware of my heart beat.my pulse is 54bpm. is this normal? anxiety?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Pulse: 54bpm is fine, anxiety possible.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
Depends on your BP: Increased cardiac awareness can often be an accompanying factor in several different types of anxiety. The most common would be generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder. It can also happen in social anxiety disorder. Although your pulse was nice and low, it would've been important to know your blood pressure at the time to definitively state whether it was due to anxiety. Most people in a high anxiety state have a higher pulse than yours was. However, that is not always the case. Your inhaler can also cause you to have increased cardiac awareness. However, had you used it slightly before going to bed your pulse likewise should've been higher. If it persists, please see your doctor and have your blood pressure and perhaps thyroid levels as well checked.
Last updated Oct 10, 2016

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