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Atleast 3-4 times a week when I wake up my hearts racing at well over 100 bpm. What causes this?

Atleast 3-4 times a week when I wake up my hearts racing at well over 100 bpm. What causes this?

Palpitations: You are having palpitations, which can be caused by many things, including thyroid issues, anxiety, arrhythmias, caffeine, hypoglycemia, among many other things. You need to be evaluated both with blood tests and possibly with a 24 hour monitor called a holter monitor to see what the heart is doing during these episodes from an electrical standpoint. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up with my heart racing?

Why do I wake up with my heart racing?

LOTS of reasons: Tachycardia (fast heart beat) can be caused by stress, anemia, infection, fever, dehydration, medication, low blood sugar, hyperthyroidism and many many other causes. Some causes are problems with the heart, others cause your normal to beat too fast. Time to call your doctor and get checked out! ...Read more

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Why do I wake up with my heart racing after hot dream?

Why do I wake up with my heart racing after hot dream?

Probably 'begnin': The electrical system of the heart sends regular pulses to the heart muscle to signal it to contract. Many things can disturb this natural rhythm eg electrolyte abnormalities (low potassium or magnesium), excessive stimulants eg caffeine, alcohol, nasal decongestants, certain asociated conditions such as mvp (mitral valve prolapse), anxiety, hormonal fluctuations, dreams etc. ...Read more

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Lately I've been having these night terrors I wake up screaming my heart racing?

Lately I've been having these night terrors I wake up screaming my heart racing?

Psych eval: Your symptoms strongly suggest a severe emotional conflict. See a psychologist, psychiatrist or counsellor. Something is seriously disturbing you & you probably know this already! ...Read more

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How to deal with nocturnal panic attacks? I wake up with my heart racing and feel as if I was going to have a heart attack.

How to deal with nocturnal panic attacks? I wake up with my heart racing and feel as if I was going to have a heart attack.

Professional help: Your symptoms are severe and might affect your wellbeing and your functioning during the day. There are multiple approaches to treat panic attacks. I suggest you look for a Mental Health group to get a thorough evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I'm 37 have anxiety, had heart tests all normal within the last yr & ekg normal 2 mo ago. I wake up with my heart racing, could this be heart realted?

I'm 37 have anxiety, had heart tests all normal within the last yr & ekg normal 2 mo ago. I wake up with my heart racing, could this be heart realted?

There are many: Different reasons for a patient to feel their heart racing. Some are physiological and some are pathological. Information such as how fast and associated symptoms help to differentiate this. From what you have provided it is probably not serious. A long term monitor (30 or more days) might catch something. Discuss this with your health care provider. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I wake up my heart is racing and I'm in a panic mode. Bad dream?

Sometimes when I wake up my heart is racing and I'm in a panic mode. Bad dream?

Perhaps: Do you remember having a bad dream? It could also be a tachyarrhythmia. Discuss it with your primary physician. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I wake up my heart is racing and I'm in a panic. Is that night terror?

Sometimes when I wake up my heart is racing and I'm in a panic. Is that night terror?

Probably not: Most people who have night terrors are not aware of the symptoms when they are having them. They usually go back to sleep and have no recollection of the event. You might have sleepn apnea, or another medical condition, or might be suffering from side effects of medications, drugs, or alcohol. ...Read more

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When I have a hangover and sleep, I wake up suddenly with my heart racing. What's going on?

When I have a hangover and sleep, I wake up suddenly with my heart racing. What's going on?

Alcohol not good: For heart or any organ, also may lead to dehydration which may raise your heart rate. ...Read more

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I have started to wake up to sweat and heart racing. Wakes me up at 4am. Happens during ovulation week and sometime during my menses. I'm 42.

I have started to wake up to sweat and heart racing. Wakes me up at 4am. Happens during ovulation week and sometime during my menses. I'm 42.

More info: Do the palpitations awaken you or do you awaken with a startle which causes the heart to race? How fast is your pulse when you note the palpitations? How long do they last? Do you also get palpitations on other occasions. A pulse rate of 120 to 150 has more significance than one of 90, for example. A startle reaction may last a minute or 2 as opposed to significant tachycardia. Consult your md. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up nightly in panic and heart racing?

Why do I wake up nightly in panic and heart racing?

This merits medical: Assessment. There can be a number of reasons for waking up feeling panicky such as sleep apnea, post traumatic stress
disorder or panic disorder. If this is a common / chronic concurrence a sleep medicine consultation and sleep study are likely indicated. ...Read more

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I occasionally wake up with chest pain and heart racing, particularly after a nightmare. Is this normal?

I occasionally wake up with chest pain and heart racing, particularly after a nightmare. Is this normal?

Not normal: But, it is unlikely there is anything seriously wrong. This may represent a panic attack, but also may be related to gastrointestinal upset, or possibly an arrhythmia, such as supra ventricular tach. If it continues, see you doc to get it checked out. ...Read more

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Short of breath when laying down? 31 weeks pregnant and I seem to wake up at night with my heart racing and difficulty breath. I've had ekgs ect.

Short of breath when laying down? 31 weeks pregnant and I seem to wake up at night with my heart racing and difficulty breath. I've had ekgs ect.

Normal: This is most likely normal changes in late pregnancy -- try to lay down on your side with your head and upper torso slightly on an incline and allow gravity takes the weight of the baby off your chest. ...Read more

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I have problems sleeping at night especially on a full stomach. I wake up gasping for air and heart racing. Also a tightness in my chest. Any ideas?

I have problems sleeping at night especially on a full stomach. I wake up gasping for air and heart racing. Also a tightness in my chest. Any ideas?

Sleep Apnea/Asthma: Your symptoms are suspicious for a condition called sleep apnea which happens when your breathing pattern is disrupted during sleep. Also, asthma can present in a similar manner. Sleep apnea is usually associated with overweight patients and asthma is normally associated with wheezing. Luckily, both are easily treatable, see your primary care doctor for treatment options. ...Read more

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What is the reason you wake up with a racing heart?

What is the reason you wake up with a racing heart?

Many reasons: A forgotten nightmare and an episode of supraventricular tachycardia are the two best bets. If it takes your breath away or is accompanied by pain, or if you feel otherwise unwell, let your physician know. ...Read more

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Is it anxiety when you wake up with a racing heart, shaking, dry reaching and just feeling of being all churned up?

Is it anxiety when you wake up with a racing heart, shaking, dry reaching and just feeling of being all churned up?

Possibly: That may well be anxiety/ panic from a nightmare. The only way to know for sure (vice a medical issue) is with a sleep study. This would require consultation with a sleep medicine specialist. ...Read more

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What would cause me to wake up with a racing heart in the in the middle of the night, causing me me to almost pass out? It happens in my sleep?

Arrhythmia: Next time it happens, try to take your pulse and time it: using a watch (a stop watch would be great) count the number of "beats" for a 15 second period then times that number by 4. That's your heart rate. A rapid heart rate (>100) while at rest is abnormal. It could be anxiety, caffeine or other medications. Sometimes this has to be evaluated by cardiologist, especially if you get light headed. ...Read more

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I am 18 years old (female) and have bad night terrors and wake up with racing heart. No traumatic experience/medication. What's the problem? Help?

I am 18 years old (female) and have bad night terrors and wake up with racing heart. No traumatic experience/medication. What's the problem? Help?

Night terrors: Possible panic attacks during sleep, or a sleep disorder. Recommend first evaluation by neurologist for sleep studies, then if all normal, referral to psychiatry to explore tx for anxiety issues. ...Read more

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Heart skips for no reason. Had an ekg, but just an 'irregularity.' is there something else going on? Sometimes wake up to racing heart (+/- 160 bpm)

Heart skips for no reason. Had an ekg, but just an 'irregularity.' is there something else going on? Sometimes wake up to racing heart (+/- 160 bpm)

Possible SVT or Afib: The most common arrhythmia in someone young is supraventricular tachycardia (svt) in older people atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia that can show up as you described.
I'd recommend a 24 or 48 hour holter monitor if the feelings are frequent, however if the tachycardia is infrequent a looping or non-looping event monitor may help diagnose the arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up with a racing heart and a shaking noise in my ears?

Why do I wake up with a racing heart and a shaking noise in my ears?

There are many: Possible reasons to be experiencing the symptoms you have expressed. Unfortunately this cannot be evaluated effectively over the internet. I suggest you establish with a health care provider who can order some simple testing like a monitor and a sleep study to get to the bottom of your concerns and then recommend appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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When I drink alcohol I either wake up w/ a racing heart or have one before bed? Sometimes happens after drinking 2 beers and sometimes not at all. Why?

When I drink alcohol I either wake up w/ a racing heart or have one before bed? Sometimes happens after drinking 2 beers and sometimes not at all. Why?

You should check: Check with your primary doctor or cardiologist. While it is true that it may be a common enough, not so dangerous matter ("Holiday Heart"), we can't know this without checking. ...Read more

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At night while sleeping, I wake up with a racing heart&tons of drainage down throat. I cough after. The fluid&racing heart go handinhand, for months now?

Postnasal drip: Postnasal dripping of mucus while you are recumbent in bed may be caused by excessive dryness or dust collection in your bedroom. I believe that the rapid heart beat is secondary to the nasal dripping and not due to cardiac pathology. Taking an antihistamine like benadryl (diphenhydramine) at bedtime may prevent symptoms but avoid decongestants like Sudafed or neosynephrine nasal spray which accelerate the heart ...Read more

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Mum has been cardio checked out. All ok. But wakes up with racing heart, pins and needles/electric type feelings in her hands and chest. Ideas?

Mum has been cardio checked out. All ok. But wakes up with racing heart, pins and needles/electric type feelings in her hands and chest. Ideas?

Pinched nerve: A pinched nerve in the neck or back could cause the pins and needles sensations. It would not explain the racing heart however. Changing pillows or mattresses may help ...Read more

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What to do about headache & heart racing when I wake up?

What to do about headache & heart racing when I wake up?

See your PCP: A headache that is mostly in the morning may be caused by sleep apnea, bruxism, anxiety or depression. In the early morning hours (between 3 and 8 a.m.) our body has its lowest levels of endorphins so most primary headaches may present. See your PCP for consultation, tests and possible referral to a headache specialist. ...Read more

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What could cause a headache & heart racing when I wake up?

What could cause a headache & heart racing when I wake up?

Stay hydrated: Most of these complaints are due to normal reaction of the body with position adjustment after a prolonged period of rest. However, early morning headache may indicate elevated blood pressure. You need to be evaluated. Also, stay hydrated-headaches are often a symptom of dehydration that happens even in colder climate due to dry air. ...Read more