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Mom is 65 hears her heart beat very loud when she goes to sleep when checks pulse it is normal 70bts. What causes that?

Mom is 65 hears her heart beat very loud when she goes to sleep when checks pulse it is normal 70bts. What causes that?

No distractions: It may be from the fact that it is quiet at night and that there is nothing else for the brain to focus on. It could be that her blood pressure is higher lying down than sitting up. The carotid artery sits close to the eardrum, so the force of blood through it may cause a sense of a "heard heartbeat".

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Causes of protruding heart beat? Feel it through pillows, seat, back to point where I have trouble sleeping. Started 4 months ago.

Causes of protruding heart beat? Feel it through pillows, seat, back to point where I have trouble sleeping. Started 4 months ago.

Exam needed: This could be a prominent pulsation of the aorta which is the largest artery in your body which runs through the torso. It may not be the heart you are feeling although it's not uncommon to feel your heart pulsating on the left side of your rib cage. Get checked for high blood pressure or an abnormal bulge of the aorta (aneurysm), although I won't be surprised if no abnormalities are found.

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My heart feels like it is beating harder. Couldn't go back to sleep cause I was very aware of my heart beat. My pulse is 54bpm. Is this normal? Anxiety?

My heart feels like it is beating harder. Couldn't go back to sleep cause I was very aware of my heart beat. My pulse is 54bpm. Is this normal? Anxiety?

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.

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What is the cause for me to get a strange heart beat when I fall asleep?

What is the cause for me to get a strange heart beat when I fall asleep?

Alcohol?: Many contributing factors. Alcohol, physical activity, electrolyte imbalance or problems with cardiac conduction system. See cardiologist.

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Asleep and had a scary dream. Can this cause irregular heart beat?

Asleep and had a scary dream. Can this cause irregular heart beat?

For sure!: Your heart responds to Adrenalin and a scary dream can pump a lot of it into your circulation. In the most extreme of circumstances, it's actually possible to be "scared to death" - this is the mechanism of so-called "voodoo death" in which a pre-scientific person is so scared of black magic directed against them, that they have a serious arrhythmia and die. Nightmares are usually harmless though.

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Was hospitalized for irregular heart beat...After I was given atavan and feel asleep my heart went back to normal...Could it of been caused by anxiety?

Was hospitalized for irregular heart beat...After I was given atavan and feel asleep my heart went back to normal...Could it of been caused by anxiety?

Probably not: Anxiety can surely cause feelings of palpitations and may even provoke premature beats. It does not typically cause true arrhythmias. It depends somewhat on what you meant by "irregular heart beat." your doctor can probably give you a more accurate diagnosis after looking at the recorded heart rhythm.

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Is normal for 4 year old to have a fast heart beat while sleeping?

Is normal for 4 year old to have a fast heart beat while sleeping?

Depends: Will depend on the heart rate. A child's resting heart rate is faster than that of an adult. During sleep, heart rates do change. Rem sleep (rapid eye movement) can increase heart rates to over 20% of resting rates. An abnormally fast heart rate in a child is typically over 220/min.

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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.

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Last night everytime I tried to fall sleep I felt like passing out which woke me up and my heart beat was really strong, felt anxious, ?

Last night everytime I tried to fall sleep I felt like passing out which woke me up and my heart beat was really strong, felt anxious, ?

Stimulant?: Please get your doc to check you out. Perhaps you ingested a stimulant, e.g., coffee, medicine, etc. Your doc can rule out more serious conditions. Peace and good health.

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Sometimes I have insomania probs so I sleep less than 6hrs. Is it ok for me to jog very early morning by waking up early? Does it effect my heart beat

Sometimes I have insomania probs so I sleep less than 6hrs. Is it ok for me to jog very early morning by waking up early? Does it effect my heart beat

Sure: Just be safe. Run in the light. Exercise maybe a good way to get back, shower and nap before work. # of hours sleeping is not fixed. Some people only require 6 hours sleep. Some more, some less.

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Hello dr it is common to some1 heart beat fall under 60 to 55 beats when I measure it with oximeter at sleep time, and in day sometimes go up to 100?

Hello dr it is common to some1 heart beat fall under 60 to 55 beats when I measure it with oximeter at sleep time, and in day sometimes go up to 100?

Yes: Your HR and your BP continually fluctuates throughout the day (and night). As you go about your life doing whatever it is you do you respond to it both physiologically and psychologically and these in turn call upon our heart to pump more or less blood. And so it goes...

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Why I get a rapid heart beat when I sleep? I usually eat before sleep

Why I get a rapid heart beat when I sleep? I usually eat before sleep

? Reflux: Try to skip the food before sleeping and take a prevacid (lansoprazole) or some other type of ant-acid. A holter might help with identifying an arrhythmia as well.

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Skipping a heart beat after having meal. Sleeping and eating pattern has changed due to vacations and I have started smoking. Any solution?

Skipping a heart beat after having meal. Sleeping and eating pattern has changed due to vacations and I have started smoking. Any solution?

Evaluate health: Your doctor should check your weight, make sure your systolic blood pressure is under 130, check your heart valves with the use of a stethoscope, take your complete history, blood tests, check your ekg and help you stop smoking.

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Having average 140/90 BP seance 5 years, but now it affecting me baldly like fast, rapid heart beat. ...sleeping is worst due to this!!! guide me?

Having average 140/90 BP seance 5 years, but now it affecting me baldly like fast, rapid heart beat. ...sleeping is worst due to this!!! guide me?

Checkup: I recommend you see an MD to have your thyroid, an EKG and blood pressure as well a some bloodwork to check the thyroid and electrolytes. You are fairly young to have that blood pressure for that long and it warrants a further workup!

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I smell or touch a kind of chemical which makes my heart beat faster and cannot sleep a whole night?

I smell or touch a kind of chemical which makes my heart beat faster and cannot sleep a whole night?

Please ask your: Doc e to test you for chemical sensitivities. It is dangerous to have one and not know. Peace and good health.

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I am suffering every night when I lay down to sleep. I feel instant pressure in my head and I can hear and feel my heart beat in my head.

I am suffering every night when I lay down to sleep. I feel instant pressure in my head and I can hear and feel my heart beat in my head.

Check your BP: A good place to start is by checking your blood pressure. Avoid pain medications if you can and know that if the pain is really bad you may need further imaging evaluations.