Heart Rhythm Community
Is this even considered normal?
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to heart rhythm issues, arrhythmia, irregular heartbeat, implanted defibrillators, pacemakers, and tachycardia.

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

Is this even considered normal?

Upon waking up from sleep in the morning, while still sleeping not yet fully awake, I inadvertently stretch out all the sudden without warning my body or my heart ( weird i know), so this sudden stretching out or move causes my heart to beat strong and slow painful heartbeats, not very painful, but the same pain you feel in your heart when someone pranks you or scare you, the beat itself is strong and a slow at first, this pause takes maybe less than a minute to come back to normal, but its painful and while its happening I have to wait for the heart to come back to normal, and I can't do any physical effort while its happening, so that's why I'm freaking out, has anyone experience something similar? especially upon waking up? of course waking up on fast heart beat happens to me very often, maybe almost everyday or something, I'd appreciate any help, thanks.
1124887_tn?1313758491
This is most likely normal, but you may consider asking a doctor just to be sure.

What I think happened is that you triggered a so-called vagal response or vagal reflex. Which means, you somehow activated the "brake pedal" in your autonomic nerve system. It may happen when stretching, coughing, etc.

I've experienced what you describe several times. It feels very unpleasant but it's not dangerous. We have certain "sensors" in the neck arteries which monitor your blood pressure, and if your blood pressure gets inappropriately high (not necessarily high, but higher than what is necessary) they will make the heart slow down. When stretching, you may be triggering this response even if your blood pressure isn't high.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
MedHelp Health Answers
Recent Activity
86819_tn?1378951092
Blank
Healthscreen results
3 hrs ago by Bromley
6579347_tn?1388505968
Blank
mele48 One month anxiety-free! WOOT! Comment
15 hrs ago
1569985_tn?1328251082
Blank
DeltaDawn23 commented on MaryLL's status
Apr 15
Heart Rhythm Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
How to Silence Your Inner Critic an...
11 hrs ago by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eaters: How to Silence Yo...
Mar 26 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
1344197_tn?1392822771
Blank
Vaginal vs. Laparoscopic Hysterecto...
Feb 19 by J. Kyle Mathews, MD, DVMBlank
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
1807132_tn?1318747197
Blank
michellepetkus
Chicago, IL
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
1423357_tn?1373023915
Blank
tom_h
Central, MA
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
1569985_tn?1328251082
Blank
DeltaDawn23
Ann Arbor, MI
995271_tn?1312416925
Blank
itdood
PA