Heart Disease Community
Middle of Night Heart Pounding/Palpitations
About This Community:

A community of people with Heart Disease to guide and support your heart-health journey. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences: symptoms, nutrition, and management.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Middle of Night Heart Pounding/Palpitations

Occasionally, as about an hour ago, I will wake from a sound sleep with my heart pounding almost as if I'm panicked.  I have 2 sisters who claim to have those symptoms associated with panic attacks where they "freak out" and have even gone to the hosp.  I'm not panicked, but admitedly worried because so many women DO ignore actual symptoms of Heart Attack until it is too late.  I always take an aspirin "just in case" - is this a bad idea?  I never remember to see my doc during the day, or even mention it to another physician.

My heart rate is only 84, bp left is 131/72 right 113/69.  Which doesn't seem anything to worry about, yet the feel of heart pounding is disturbing.  Left arm tingling is often present, however I have neck problems and arm tingling is usually caused anytime I sleep on one side too long.

I often have feelings of pounding after eating as well, but heart rate seldom exceeds 85-90 bpm.

History: I have Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Immune deficiency, osteoporosis, mild/moderate sleep apnea (untreated).  I was told in 1989 that I had a Mitral Valve Prolapse, but that was recinded in 2001 when a new echo & stress test did not show signs.  

Meds: In the morning I take 4mg prednisone, and 5mg dexedrine, At bedtime I take 90 mg of Avinza, and I rotate antibiotics for frequent infections (currently taking Avelox 1x day or Clindamycin 300  4xday,
Related Discussions
5 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
367994_tn?1304957193
What you are referring to can be what is medically referred to as heart palpitations. Palpitations are usually not serious. However, it depends on whether or not the sensations represent an abnormal heart rhythm. The following conditions make you more likely to have an abnormal heart rhythm and should be ruled out:  You should contact your doctor.

Known heart disease at the time the palpitations begin
Significant risk factors for heart disease
An abnormal heart valve
An electrolyte abnormality in your blood -- for example, a low potassium level.  A simple blood test can rule that out.

Blank
712042_tn?1254572809
I wanted to piggy back on what kenkeith stated. Another thing for you to address is the untreated sleep apnea. There is a correlation to degrees of sleep apnea and heart problems. I recently went through sleep testing (positive for severe sleep apnea with low oxygen) and I really had no typical signs of sleep issues except for awakening at night with increased heart rate.The study was able to confirm the low oxygen at the time of the increased heart rate. Joan.
Blank
1265244_tn?1271806533
The Dexedrine and prednisone might be making your heart beat faster.  Along with the antibiotics, you might want to see how well you do off the medication for a short time and boost your immune system with vitamins, instead.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
11548417_tn?1431627317
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled commented on  Weight Loss Drinks ...
10 hrs ago
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
Weight Loss Drinks
14 hrs ago by gymdandee
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
Protein Powder Goodies
18 hrs ago by gymdandee
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
11548417_tn?1431627317
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway