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Is it bad for people with heart murmurs to take sleeping pills?

Is it bad for people with heart murmurs to take sleeping pills?

Diagnosis: "heart murmur" is not a diagnosis, but rather is a nonspecific finding on physical examination. Ask your doctor if you have a heart problem or a normal heart murmur. Normal heart murmurs do not warrant any restrictions or special follow-up. ...Read more

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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Can someone with a heart murmur take a Xanax (alprazolam) and a sleeping pill?

Can someone with a heart murmur take a Xanax (alprazolam) and a sleeping pill?

Yes: Unless you're dying with end-stage congestive heart failure (hopefully not), the murmur is not an issue. However, Xanax (alprazolam) and sleeping pills have additive sedative effects (with respiratory depression) and should not be used together, just as alcohol should also be avoided with their use. ...Read more

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I've been more anxious lately, had meds changed and less sleep. I'm getting racing heart beats and skipped beats. Is this dangerous? My echo is norma

I've been more anxious lately, had meds changed and less sleep. I'm getting racing heart beats and skipped beats. Is this dangerous? My echo is norma

Hello: See that you are on xanax, Lyrica (pregabalin) and mirtzapine. Please let your prescribing doctor know about how your symptoms have changed since your medications were changed. ...Read more

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I tried everything I could for sleep, sleep pills, heart function, blood work, sleep studies and many more, what else could I do to fix my sleep?

I tried everything I could for sleep, sleep pills, heart function, blood work, sleep studies and many more, what else could I do to fix my sleep?

Sleep hygiene: Check the National Sleep Foundation website for more tips on good sleep hygiene: https://sleepfoundation. Org. Avoid caffeine after noon, and avoid alcohol in the evening. Set regular sleep/wake times and stick to them. No screen time 1 hr prior to bedtime. No screens in the bedroom. Dark, quiet room. Get pets to sleep elsewhere. Shower before bed to raise body temp. Exercise early in the day. ...Read more

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Anxious and depersonalized all day today, couldn't sleep, just took. 25 ativan (lorazepam), (lorazepam) heart rate is already 60s, afraid it's going to make it lower. Is ativan (lorazepam) dangerous at such a small dose for your heart?

Anxious and depersonalized all day today, couldn't sleep, just took. 25 ativan (lorazepam), (lorazepam) heart rate is already 60s, afraid it's going to make it lower. Is ativan (lorazepam) dangerous at such a small dose for your heart?

Unlikely: Ativan (lorazepam) dose is very small and safe. Your heart rate likely in normal range, but see your pcp to be checked including thyroid. Tell your doctor what's going on. Be honest about your use of alcohol, other meds (prescribed/OTC), any marijuana use or other drugs, tobacco and recent stresses. See therapist/psychiatrist for help with anxiety/depersonalization. Good start to seek help here. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I took a ranitidine pill at 2 am it's is now 5 am and I still have heart burn and can't sleep what should I do?

I took a ranitidine pill at 2 am it's is now 5 am and I still have heart burn and can't sleep what should I do?

Many things: Take another one. Prop up or get out of bed as the upright posture helps and lying down makes it worse. Take antacids, alka-seltzer, or just try eating some food to buffer the acid. When the stores open, buy some Prilosec otc and take it for a couple of weeks. If persistent, see your doctor for further testing. ...Read more

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On days I exercise, when going to sleep I get skipped heart beats about 5 in 1 min. Is this dangerous? All heart tests clear, with occasional PVC/PAC

On days I exercise, when going to sleep I get skipped heart beats about 5 in 1 min. Is this dangerous? All heart tests clear, with occasional PVC/PAC

Probably normal: Many reasons to have PVCs adn PACs.
Would quantify how many over 24 hours or 1 week with a Holter monitor if you have not already done so.
Would check chemistries and thyroid profile.
Could avoid stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine. Would also avoid alcohol. There is a syndrome called the "holiday heart syndrome" and patients can have rhythm disturbances with one drink if predisposed ...Read more

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A patient with sleep apnea (already 3 heart bypass) and his minimum heart rate in apnea goes down to 37. Is it dangerous?

A patient with sleep apnea (already 3 heart bypass) and his minimum heart rate in apnea goes down to 37. Is it dangerous?

Complications of OSA: You had coronary bypass. You may have symptomatic bradycardia. My friend what are you looking for? Go for sleep apnea evaluaton asap. ...Read more

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My two year old is sleeping and her heart rate is registering in the 140's is this normal. Her 02 sat is at 95/96?

My two year old is sleeping and her heart rate is registering in the 140's is this normal. Her 02 sat is at 95/96?

High hr: The elevated heart rate could be related to fever, over active thyroid or heart problem like SVT (supraventricular tachycardia). You need to see your doctor to rule these things out ...Read more

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Is it normal for heart rate to be in the 50's when I just wake up from sleep and when trying to get back to sleep? I'm not in shape or exercise. 268lb

Is it normal for heart rate to be in the 50's when I just wake up from sleep and when trying to get back to sleep? I'm not in shape or exercise. 268lb

Yes: If you feel well, that is fine. "Normal ranges" are usually set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside. If you are not having fainting spells or chest paint and can keep up in your favorite sports, stop worrying. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my heart feeling like it is stopping before sleep?

What could be the cause of my heart feeling like it is stopping before sleep?

Heart stopping: As you fall asleep, you are most aware of your heart beat. So it is common to feel your heart beat at that time. With that everyone has PVC ' s or premature ventricular contraction daily, these are beats that originate from the bottom of the heart and are followed by a pause. This pause may be what you are feeling. ...Read more

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Is it rare for a 23yo female to just die in there sleep. So scared to sleep incase my heart stops?

Is it rare for a 23yo female to just die in there sleep. So scared to sleep incase my heart stops?

Sleep: It is very rare for otherwise healthy 23 y/o people to just die their sleep. On the other hand, anxiety disorder is very common and you sound like you need to see a Doc about your anxiety. ...Read more

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What to do if can't sleep, heart anxiety?

What to do if can't sleep, heart anxiety?

Difficulty falling: Asleep is often associated w/anxiety while waking up early and not returning to sleep is associated w/depression. Periodic waking is associated w/overall light sleep. Please see you doc who may order a sleep study. A psychologist can help w/stress management. Peace and good health. Try not to nap in daytime or limit it to a cat nap of 15 minutes. ...Read more

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My heart feels more relaxed when I sleep on my leftside why?

My heart feels more relaxed when I sleep on my leftside why?

Heart: There is no good explanation why - just like there is no explanation to the fact some people say they cannot sleep on their left side because of their heart. I think it is a matter of individual preference. ...Read more

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Could you have a heart attack in your sleep?

Could you have a heart attack in your sleep?

Yes: You need to block the artery to have a heart attack. This can occur at any time of the day or night, awake or asleep. ...Read more

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Why heart beat fast at night when trying to sleep?

Why heart beat fast at night when trying to sleep?

Likely anxiety: Likely anxiety, but you can get a holter monitor to be certain that its nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Can running while sleep deprived do damage to your heart?

Can running while sleep deprived do damage to your heart?

Sleep deprivation: As far as I know there is no controlled study of the physiology of sleep deprivation to answer that question. Why would one want to run when sleep deprived instead of sleep. ...Read more

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If we sleep right side, will blood flow properly to heart?

If we sleep right side, will blood flow properly to heart?

Yes: Blood will flow normally regardless of sleeping position. ...Read more

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Is sleeping on your left side considered bad for your heart?

Is sleeping on your left side considered bad for your heart?

No.: For most people, it doesn't really matter. For pregnant women, it's sometimes recommended to sleep on the left side. But really, whatever is most comfortable is fine. ...Read more

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Is a heart rate of 43 during sleep normal? I am a 34 year old female.

Normal, yes!: It's common for heart rates of normal individuals to drop during sleep. We frequently see rates as low as high 30s in patients on telemetry in the hospital during overnight monitoring. ...Read more

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Weird pain in heart /chest area if I sleep on my left side. Why? 27 male

Weird pain in heart /chest area if I sleep on my left side. Why? 27 male

Need more info: If sharp pain, likely related to condition of inflammation on chest wall rib joints;
try not sleeping on your side;
take otc medications. ...Read more

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Is a heart rate of 57-60 bpm when laying in bed trying to sleep normal?

Is a heart rate of 57-60 bpm when laying in bed trying to sleep normal?

Normal heart rate: Heart rate decreases in the evening and decreases further during sleep. For a healthy young man, that heart rate is perfectly normal. ...Read more