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I was sleeping and then woke up suddenly with a very fast heart rate. It was back to normal within 3-5 minutes. Was this heart related or panic attack?

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Dr. Orlando Deffer
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In brief: Tachycardia

Brief episode of heart racing can come on with activation of your flight or freight mechanism ( sympathetic nervous system) it's ok to have this racing of ur heart provided is sporadic and back to normal when situation improves .
Panic attacks can accompany heart racing too. If having difficulties during the day especially headaches and somnolence may want to check for sleep apnea. Good luck.

In brief: Tachycardia

Brief episode of heart racing can come on with activation of your flight or freight mechanism ( sympathetic nervous system) it's ok to have this racing of ur heart provided is sporadic and back to normal when situation improves .
Panic attacks can accompany heart racing too. If having difficulties during the day especially headaches and somnolence may want to check for sleep apnea. Good luck.
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