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I suffer from anxiety and at night it feels like my heart stops for a second and I feel tingly and I jerk awake with a quick breath. Normal?

I suffer from anxiety and at night it feels like my heart stops for a second and I feel tingly and I jerk awake with a quick breath. Normal?

No, this not normal: You may have sleep apnea with what are called gasping arousals. This is where you temporarily stop breathing in your sleep and then when your oxygen drops enough where brain sends the rest of your body a message to wake up gasping for air. About 20% of people with depression have sleep apnea. It is certainly not unheard of in your age group. 20% of people with sleep apnea have depression with or without anxiety. I would recommend that you see a sleep specialist to clarify what is going on. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Feel like my heart or my breathing stops for a second and then starts again. It happens randomly.

Feel like my heart or my breathing stops for a second and then starts again. It happens randomly.

You are probably: Experiencing extra heart beats from the top or bottom part of your heart. Not usually dangerous, just annoying. Discuss with your health care provider and obtain a monitor to diagnose this. ...Read more

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Feels like my heart stops and I can't breath this lasts for about 2 seconds then it stops it's been happening more frequent the past 3 days?

Feels like my heart stops and I can't breath this lasts for about 2 seconds then it stops it's been happening more frequent the past 3 days?

Pvcs: This is most likely premature contractions, most of these are benign but this should require an evaluation that would include an examination and EKG and perhaps an echocardiogram ...Read more

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Why is it that when I vomit it feels like my heart stops?

Why is it that when I vomit it feels like my heart stops?

Vagal reaction: The stomach is controlled by the vagus nerve. This nerve is a parasympathetic nerve. Parasympathetic nerves release acetylcholine which can cause the heart to slow down. Severe vagal reactions can cause the wart to slow enough that you can pass out from lack of sufficient blood pressure. ...Read more

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Intermittent Heart palpitations for 10 years, becoming more frequent. Feels like my heart stops very briefly then beats fast for a second and takes my breath away. 28 year old female, smoker. No other symptoms are ever present during palpitation.?

Intermittent Heart palpitations for 10 years, becoming more frequent. Feels like my heart stops very briefly then beats fast for a second and takes my breath away. 28 year old female, smoker. No other symptoms are ever present during palpitation.?

Palpitations: Palpitations are commonly associated with electrolyte problems or calcium or magnesium imbalance or deficiency. Low magnesium is a common culprit. Thyroid possible. Sometimes a mild valvular problem can cause this. Stress, use of stimulants. ...Read more

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Sometimes get a heartbeat that feels like my heart stops/flutters/skips a beat/drops. Feel dizzy/sick and then returns to normal. Is this pvc? Cause?

Sometimes get a heartbeat that feels like my heart stops/flutters/skips a beat/drops. Feel dizzy/sick and then returns to normal. Is this pvc? Cause?

Maybe: Could be pvc, or premature atrial contraction, premature junctional beats, or another arrhythmia like svt. Would get checked with an ekg and possibly a 24 hour monitor to find out for certain. Talk to your doc. ...Read more

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Sometimes it feels like my heart jumps a bit, it's like it stops then beats again, why is this?

Sometimes it feels like my heart jumps a bit, it's like it stops then beats again, why is this?

Premature beats: You're having premature beats - since the heart likes to resume its previous rhythm, it actually does pause a moment to get back into the cadence. ...Read more

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Sometimes it feels like my heart jumps a bit, it's like it stops then beats again what is this?

Sometimes it feels like my heart jumps a bit, it's like it stops then beats again what is this?

PACs, PVCs: You perfectly describe premature beats. These can arise from the upper chamber (PACs) or lower chamber (PVCs). The heart likes to stay in rhythm so it pauses ("stops") for a moment after a premature beat to get back into its original rhythm. ...Read more

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Why do I sometimes feel like my heart stops and I need to take deep breaths? Is it a heart problem or anxiety?

Why do I sometimes feel like my heart stops and I need to take deep breaths? Is it a heart problem or anxiety?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. See doc to rule out medical conditions and see a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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Are palps (mine feel like my heart stops) that are caused by either electric, or overactive thyroid serious? Good echo results but no palps during it.

Are palps (mine feel like my heart stops) that are caused by either electric, or overactive thyroid serious? Good echo results but no palps during it.

No: Not serious. Determine thyroid disorder via bloodworm. Also, check serum potassium and magnesium levels. If all ok, then likely you are experiencing premature beats that feel like skipping beats or pauses. These are benign, and are aggravated by caffeine or emotional stress as wells by lack of sleep. ...Read more

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My heart stop for secand /s I been have it for 2 weeks now, its feel like my heart stop for secand and the beat after that is strong and fast, I get it about 3-6 times aday, I don't know what is wrong or it is normale

My heart stop for secand /s I been have it for 2 weeks now, its feel like my heart stop for secand and the beat after that is strong and fast, I get it about 3-6 times aday, I don't know what is wrong or it is normale

You: You are describing the classic symptoms of premature contractions, either from the atrium or the ventricle (pacs or pvcs). These are not dangerous. Your heart beats at a regular rate because of regular electrical activity. An occasional early electrical impulse causes the heart to contract before it has fully filled with blood. This is the pause you feel. Then, as a result of this pause your heart has an opportunity to fill more fully than usual and the next beat will be more forceful. We call this increased contraction force potentiation. Premature contractions are are not dangerous provided you have an otherwise healthy heart. It is more common when people are fatigued, dehydrated, or drinking too much caffeine. Make sure you get an appropriate amount of sleep, are well hydrated, and try cutting back on caffeine if you drink caffeine. If these steps don't help and the symptom is bothersome, your doctor could try you on a medication. Of course, if you are known to have a heart condition make sure you tell your doctor about these new symptoms. ...Read more

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Heart feels like it stops and wakes me up or beats very quickly?

Heart feels like it stops and wakes me up or beats very quickly?

Palpitations: Get an EKG. Then if that is normal consider getting a Holter examination after discussing your situation with a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Why I focus in my heart so much I feel lik it just gone stop why I feel like it i, m so freaking out?

Why I focus in my heart so much I feel lik it just gone stop why I feel like it i, m so freaking out?

Anxiety maybe?: You may have a legitimate heart issue, so get it checked out. But if that is all fine, do you think you might be experiencing anxiety? Anxiety is very very common and nowadays there are some really good treatments for it, both counseling and medications. Don't freak out, solve the problem and see your doc. ...Read more

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My heart feels like it stops then beats real hard only once after that. It's happening several times a day.?

PVC: What you are having is a premature ventricular contraction (PVC) where the heart has an early beat then a pause as it falls right before a normal beat so the normal beat doesn't occur. Then the next beat takes a little longer to occur. During that time the heart fills just a little more so the next heartbeat is stronger and that's what you are feeling. It is called starlings law, heart beats harder. ...Read more

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My aunt sometimes faces problem in breathing and suddently she feels like her heart will stop and it lasts only a few seconds.

My aunt sometimes faces problem in breathing and suddently she feels like her heart will stop and it lasts only a few seconds.

See a doctor: It could be the heart problem, but other causes are also possible. Please has your aunt to see a doctor get a full exam asap. If really heart problem, the doctor could refer her to see a cardiologist. If the symptom associates with chest pain and shortness of breath, please bring her to nearby er. ...Read more