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Why did my heart rate speed up when I was just sitting down, at rest? I had a shortness of breath and had to breathe slowly. Then, I started normally.

Why did my heart rate speed up when I was just sitting down, at rest? I had a shortness of breath and had to breathe slowly. Then, I started normally.

Nerves control HR: Essentially out heart rate is a balance between the "fight vs flight" side of our nervous system and the "rest and relaxation" side. Our heart rates often speed up as a compensation just after a vasovagal (rest and relaxation side slowing your heart rate and lowering blood pressure) These nerves run back by the spine and esophagus and are tied to the stomach and GI tract. ...Read more

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So im either having a panic or anxiety attack or im havin a heart attack im shakey feel like I cant catch my breath but doin 15 a min and im dizzy?

So im either having a panic or anxiety attack or im havin a heart attack im shakey feel like I cant catch my breath but doin 15 a min and im dizzy?

Panic Disorder: “im havin a heart attack, shaky feel like I cant catch my breath, and dizziness” are likely due to Panic Disorder. This does not seem heart attack.
Breathing 15/minute is normal.
Feel Blessings of 3 Million Air Sacs in your lungs due to which you have Breath of Life every 4 seconds.
Discuss with Psychiatrist:
•Diagnosis
Ativan or Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic
•Therapy for Stress
•Relaxation
•Visual Imagery ...Read more

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Sometimes I cant catch my breath in bed. I also often feel my heart racing in bed, along with coughing. This usually only happens at night. I don't anxiety?

Sometimes I cant catch my breath in bed. I also often feel my heart racing in bed, along with coughing. This usually only happens at night. I don't anxiety?

GERD?: In the absence of anxiety, one medical issue that comes to mind is reflux (GERD). Reflux tends to bother us more when we’re lying flat at night, and could produce the symptoms you’re describing. ...Read more

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Coronary artery calcification with fast heart rate...cant do activity without stop catching breath. Take adalat (nifedipine) without good results...help?

Coronary artery calcification with fast heart rate...cant do activity without stop catching breath. Take adalat (nifedipine) without good results...help?

How high: How high is calcification score. If this is too high you actually may have aggressive heart disease. Have you had your thyroid checked.
See your doc and if persist see a cardiologist and insist on an echo for cardiac performance. ...Read more

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I was laying on left side and felt a small brief heart pause like of needing to catch breath. I feel ok now. Sitting up. What could that been?

I was laying on left side and felt a small brief heart pause like of needing to catch breath. I feel ok now. Sitting up. What could that been?

A skipped or: Delayed beat is not uncommon. If it makes you sick like dizzy, short of breath, weak, lose consciousness, notify your MD ...Read more

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Sometimes it feels like my heart is beating fast and I have to catch my breath. This happens periodically. What causes this?

Sometimes it feels like my heart is beating fast and I have to catch my breath. This happens periodically. What causes this?

Fast heart rate.: Your heart probably is beating fast. Would be helpful to know exactly what kind of fast it is. Next time it happens measure your pulse rate (measure for 15 seconds and multiply times 4) pay attention to whether it is regular or not. If it is regular, below 150 beats/min and slows down gradually it is very likely benign. If not take the info to your doc for further eval. ...Read more

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When I lay down on my right side it feels like my heart skips a beat and I have to catch my breath. What could cause this? Is it serious?

When I lay down on my right side it feels like my heart skips a beat and I have to catch my breath. What could cause this? Is it serious?

Probably not: Skipping beats is not uncommon. If you drink caffeine reduce the amount by half. If you smoke, stop smoking. If problem continues, see your doctor. ...Read more

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When I stretch I feel my heart slow down and its hard to catch my breath. Why?

When I stretch I feel my heart slow down and its hard to catch my breath. Why?

Pressure: stretching temporarily puts extra pressure on your aorta which slows your heart rate and stretching also decreases your breathing intake which then triggers your desire to breathe deeper after the stretch ...Read more

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I feel as if I am holding my breath. My heart rate is extremely slow for 5-10 beats then it speeds back up to normal. What causes this?

I feel as if I am holding my breath. My heart rate is extremely slow for 5-10 beats then it speeds back up to normal. What causes this?

Arrhythmia: Heart rate does gets slower and faster with different phases of respiration called sinus arrhythmia, it is not a pathological problem it does gets pronounced with aging, we can say part of aging changes. I do not know your age, so have yourself checked out to make sure you not having any other pathological forms of arrhythmia. ...Read more

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I just recently had an episode of my heart beating rapidly, its happened before. Its hard to catch my breath, lasts about 30 sec. Why does this happe?

I just recently had an episode of my heart beating rapidly, its happened before. Its hard to catch my breath, lasts about 30 sec. Why does this happe?

SVT: One of the possibilities is supra ventricular tachycardia (svt). This can occur when there is an electrical conduction abnormality or short circuit in the top camber of your heart leading to intermittent rapid heart beating. There are many other things that it could be, this is just one of them. Make an appointment with your doc to discuss, check a thyroid blood test, and avoid caffeine. ...Read more

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I usually feel my heart beating really fast, but it's actually just 70-100bpm. But makes it hard for me to catch breath. At times, I feel stabbing pain.

I usually feel my heart beating really fast, but it's actually just 70-100bpm. But makes it hard for me to catch breath. At times, I feel stabbing pain.

Anxiety: You may be having anxiety attacks. However, you need to make sure you do not have any underlying heart or metabolic condition. You may need thorough history physical, thyroid test and ECG before saying it is anxiety. ...Read more

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I'm 23 and my heart is always beating harder than normal. Often feel SOB and cant get a full deep breath of air when exercising. Doc. Cant figure it out.

I'm 23 and my heart is always beating harder than normal. Often feel SOB and cant get a full deep breath of air when exercising. Doc. Cant figure it out.

Echo?: Have you had an echocardiogram? Do you have valvular disease (AR and MR) which can cause excessively high ejection fraction? Do you have an elevated pulmonary artery pressure which might correlate with exercise hypoxia? Have you had a pulmonary stress test: treadmill exercise measuring your oxygen saturation. Spirometry with methacholine challenge? TSH, CBC, BNP? Chest x-ray? ...Read more

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Heart palp and almost fainting. My heart rate was slower 56-60 BPM just sitting and I felt this flutter and tried to catch my breath. Felt like my heart wasn't going back in ryrthm.

Heart palp and almost fainting. My heart rate was slower 56-60 BPM just sitting and I felt this flutter and tried to catch my breath. Felt like my heart wasn't going back in ryrthm.

See your doctor: You need to be evaluated by your doctor. At a minimum an ekg and blood pressure needs to be checked. More testing may be needed depending on a more thorough history of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Hello dr, I'm just wondering how can I over come my anxiety without medication. I had an attack earlier today felt like I couldn't catch my breath or gonna have a heart attack, is this normal? Thanks

Hello dr, I'm just wondering how can I over come my anxiety without medication. I had an attack earlier today felt like I couldn't catch my breath or gonna have a heart attack, is this normal? Thanks

Meditation, Yoga: Calm down concentrate, meditate think good calm quite area to think about.
think bout a place that take you away in your mind and be peaceful. If you pray go to the location that help you in the past. Close your eyes and get to that place in your mind relax, deep slow breath think of happy events in your life ...Read more

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When I lay flat on my back and take a deep breath my breath seems to catch and my heart seems to jump/flutter. What could it be?

When I lay flat on my back and take a deep breath my breath seems to catch and my heart seems to jump/flutter. What could it be?

Maybe normal: What you are feeling could be a normal response to the effect of deep breathing on the circulation. When you take a deep breath you increase the amount of blood returning to the heart, after your exhale the heart will contract more vigorously due to the extra blood volume for one or two cycles, you may experience this as a jump or flutter assuming what your feeling is brief and lasts for 2-3 sec. ...Read more

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Rapid heart rate at times without exerting myself and when I do a light workout a well. Hard to catch my breath at times. Please help!

Rapid heart rate at times without exerting myself and when I do a light workout a well. Hard to catch my breath at times. Please help!

See details: There are several possible causes some of which are normal such as poor conditioning or overdoing it. If you be concerned have a cardiologist evaluate you to make sure there is not a more serious problem. ...Read more

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Having heart palps not every day but more frequent. Sometimes after big meals. Takes a sec to catch breath. Can I wait til nxt wk to see dr?

Having heart palps not every day but more frequent. Sometimes after big meals. Takes a sec to catch breath. Can I wait til nxt wk to see dr?

Palpitation Sx: Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Different people may feel other symptoms along with them such as dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath. The palpitations are almost always atrial or ventricular premature beats. Usually benign but they are also found with abnormal hearts. ...Read more

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I also experience extremely fast heart beat when I'm resting. Sometimes it wakes me up and I have to catch my breath. 35yrs old rate never under 98.

I also experience extremely fast heart beat when I'm resting. Sometimes it wakes me up and I have to catch my breath. 35yrs old rate never under 98.

.? ..: Normal heart rates are 60-100 beats per minute. If resting heart rate consistently over 100 then you may have: a) thyroid problem b)dehydration c)be taking some medication that drives up heart rate such as adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) caffeine, or c)a disorder named syndrome of inappropriate sinus tachycardia. ...Read more

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Periodically it feels like my chest is vibrating/rattling and my heart beat speeds up and beats very hard and shortness of breath. No pain.

ATRIAL FIBRILLATION?: IT LOOKS LIKE PALPITATION SECONDARY TO WHAT WE CALL YOUTH WEEKEND SYNDROME. BECAUSE IT HAPPENS FREQUENTLY IN YOUNG PEOPLE WHO DON'T SLEEP WELL, DRINK TOO MUCH CAFFEINE OR UNDER STRESS. I SUGGEST SEEING MD TO DO EKG. IF IT BECOMES CHRONIC, YOU NEED TO BE TAKING BLOOD THINNERS. SOME TIMES WE CAN CONVERT IT TO NORMAL RHYTHM BEFORE IT FORMS A CLOT. IT ALSO COULD BE SVT);THIS REQUIRES CARDIOLOGIST ...Read more

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Sometimes heart feels like it does a summersault in my chest the feels like it's fluttering, hard time catching breath and dizzy, become very pale?

Need to see a doctor: If you are having these symptoms now, call 911 and seek IMMEDIATE medical attention as you may be having a life-threatening arrhythmia. If you are asymptomatic, schedule an appointment with your PCP or a Cardiologist as soon as possible for evaluation and diagnostic testing. ...Read more

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My Dr, Er dr, and cardiologist said it's not my heart. But I still have chest tightness and feel like I cant get full breath with weird arm feeling.

My Dr, Er dr, and cardiologist said it's not my heart. But I still have chest tightness and feel like I cant get full breath with weird arm feeling.

Anxiety: You carry your stress in your chest. These muscles get fatigued. You breathe differently when this happens and this is what causes the sensations you are feeling. You do not need a Cardiologist or a visit to the ER. You need to manage your stress better. Your family doctor or your therapist can help. ...Read more