For the past 3 days, at night, I've been stressing that I can hear my heart beat. It feels like its beating so hard, and fast, but when I take my pulse then highest it was, was 97. I suffer from panic disorder, and hypochondriasis. I do have a heart condition (mild - moderate aortic stenosis with mild regurgitation), but I was just at my cardiologist in december and he always tells me if I ever feel a symptom, its stress. He assures me he will find a change in my condition, before I even feel it.
I don't have arythmias, or electrical problems. Just the stenosis and regurgitation, with a murmur.
I know the answer is obvious but I need some reassurance. I don't feel like calling up my doctor AGAIN, with a question. I call him frequently, and he tells me that I'm ok and I need therapy and a pshychiatrist. I was just put on a higher dose of paxil and my cardiologist said, if I feel any racing of the heart to tell him, but it was safe. So i've been thinking of that a lot. I've only been on the new paxil for 2 days so I know that it can't be from that.
Any reassuring advice would be helpful.
Also, for some reason I feel the palpitations at night, when im sitting up in bed.
many times when you're relaxed the heart is pumping slower and makes you feel a palpitation or pvc/pac more because there's more time between heart beats versus when you're active, and something about the beat to beat variations =)
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