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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 does my heart pound and race when I first wake up?

Depends: You may actually be feeling your heart beating abnormally but it's just as likely that you're just more aware of your normal heartbeat. The distinction can easily be made by wearing a 24 hour (holter) recorder (obtainable from your family doc) which will record and document what your actual rhythm is. If the rhythm is normal, relaxation techniques will help. If abnormal, treatments are available. Read more

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What causes your heart to increase to slightly over 100 and you can feel it race/pound when sitting and not changing position? Then it comes back down

What causes your heart to increase to slightly over 100 and you can feel it race/pound when sitting and not changing position? Then it comes back down

Atrial fibrillation: Tell your doc what you just mentioned and ask for either a holter or event/loop monitor. The former works best if you have symptoms daily while the latter works best if you have symptoms every few weeks to a month. Atrial flutter & frequent pvcs can also do this. But it's still best to see your doctor for analysis. Read more

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What causes your heart to race when you suddenly wake up?

What causes your heart to race when you suddenly wake up?

Hypnopompic Stimuli: It's not entirely clear what circumstances you're referring to, but there is something called hypnopompic state which is a very stimulating dream-like environment just before waking. If you're talking about normal waking, it's a combo of increased cortisol, overnight drop in blood volume from very mild volume loss (you don't drink h2o while asleep) and positional changes as you get up. Read more

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My heart rate races when I lay down almost every night, it wakes me up. Is this dangerous?

My heart rate races when I lay down almost every night, it wakes me up. Is this dangerous?

Usually benign: Get checked though for thyroid disorder, arrythmia (svt, pvc) etc. Or could just be anxiety/panic attack. Have u had holter monitoring done? Cut down on caffeine, soda, energy drinks and alcohol. Go see your dr for a repeat ekg. May need a beta blocker. If stress echo is normal, it means your heart is structurally sound. You are still young to have serious heart ailment. Give us some feedback! Read more

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What can cause my heart to feel like its racing but my heart rate is ok especially when I first wake up but didn't stand up yet?

What can cause my heart to feel like its racing but my heart rate is ok especially when I first wake up but didn't stand up yet?

Hard to say: This is hard to give you an answer without tests and an examine. One thing to know is sometimes the heart beat can be so fast that it has trouble filling up every time. Then you may only feel every other heart beat if you check your pulse, but it will feel faster in your chest. You should see you doctor to get it checked out. Read more

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Why does my heart race (100-110) when I first get up in the morning for about 15 minutes? Normal?

Why does my heart race (100-110) when I first get up in the morning for about 15 minutes? Normal?

Adrenalin response: Adrenalin " Stress hormone " is increasing naturally in AM. To help us get going... but this response may be increased IF dehydrated, alcohol at bed time, stimulants and also if sleep deprived. Drink more water, get 6-8 hours sleep, exercise regularly and alcohol with moderation. If persistent see your doctor. Read more

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Thoughts? Could Prozac (fluoxetine) make my heart pound or race?

Thoughts? Could Prozac (fluoxetine) make my heart pound or race?

No: You have an arrhythmia. This is a separate problem and should be addressed de novo. Read more

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When is the best time to check your heart rate? When going to sleep and when I first wake up in the morning it's lower. During the day it's higher.

When is the best time to check your heart rate? When going to sleep and when I first wake up in the morning it's lower. During the day it's higher.

Healthy Hearts: Heart rates vary from moment to moment and from activity to activity. I know of no reason for a young man to be checking his heart rate repeatedly throughout the day and see nothing of concern about this in your health history on your profile. Read more

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For the past 3 months my heart rate races and my body weakens when I wake from napping. And answers please?

For the past 3 months my heart rate races and my body weakens when I wake from napping. And answers please?

Answers: Please actually see a physician and get a comprehensive physical exam, blood testing and an EKG. This sounds like a normal response when rapidly awakening and must be evaluated for further diagnosis. Read more

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I get this chest flutter while sitting then I feel anxious and my heart races and pounds hard then settles in seconds then left with panic symptoms?

I get this chest flutter while sitting then I feel anxious and my heart races and pounds hard then settles in seconds then left with panic symptoms?

Assessment: A medical workup is needed to determine if there is a medical problem causing these symptoms. Without med workup would not assume that these are panic attacks. Read more

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Why would my heart speed up/race & skips beats within the first-ish minute upon lying down after briefly getting out of bed? (No low bp on standing)

Why would my heart speed up/race & skips beats within the first-ish minute upon lying down after briefly getting out of bed? (No low bp on standing)

Heart speeds stand: 27 F from Nz asks why would heart speedy up andskip beats on rising up from rest. ANS: stand, blood pools in legs and BP FALLS for A FEW seconds. Baroreceptors sendmessageto heart to beat faster and stronger. Heart speeds up. But extra beats not part of if. So ask you Dr. Are you counting heart beats carefully to detect skipped beats? Read more

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My heart races when I wake up for about 10 min. Then if I go out in public anywhere. Was given fluoxetine 10mg. But symptoms come off &on. Do I take it?

My heart races when I wake up for about 10 min. Then if I go out in public anywhere. Was given fluoxetine 10mg. But symptoms come off &on. Do I take it?

Yes: Fluoxetine is helpful for anxiety symptoms but can take 8-10 weeks to work. Also the dose may need to be increased if you are still having symptoms after 8 weeks. It will not help if you just take the medication occasionally, it must be taken every day. Good luck to you. Read more

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I worry a lot. Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night and within seconds of moving position my heart races. Breathing slowly helps but I'm scared?

I worry a lot. Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night and within seconds of moving position my heart races. Breathing slowly helps but I'm scared?

Scared: Sorry you feel this way. I would strongly recommend you see a Psychologist (your doctor will refer you) as soon as possible. The Psychologist will take care of your concerns! Read more

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Is there a specific reason why I'm so shaky and my heart races when I wake up in the morning until I take my xanax (alprazolam)? I don't want to take this 4ever):

Is there a specific reason why I'm so shaky and my heart races when I wake up in the morning until I take my xanax (alprazolam)? I don't want to take this 4ever):

Xanax (alprazolam): Xanax (alprazolam) produces tolerance -- you gradually need higher doses for the same effect. Also, when your xanax (alprazolam) level decreases overnight, you can get inter-dose withdrawal symptoms (like shakiness & heart racing). Please discuss this with your doctors -- these issues make xanax (alprazolam) not a good long-term option for anxiety, even though it's potent. There are excellent talk therapies plus other meds. Read more

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