Palpitations are very common but unfotunately also very annoying for patients. Most of the time they are totally benign (normal) as long as you have a structurally normal heart. To evaluate palpitations, we normally recommend you have basic labs checked including a TSH (thyroid level). We would then get a baseline EKG, an echocardiogram (an ultrasound of the heart) and likely give you a Holter monitor to see what the palpitations are to make sure you are not having an arrhythmia. There are medications we use (beta-blockers or calcium-channel blockers) which can slow down the abnormal beats and allow you to feel them less. These meds can sometimes make people feel a little fatigued or tired so if the palpitations bother you most at night maybe that would be a good thing for you. I would make sure you have been fully evaluated with the above tests in addition.
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Hi Andy, I have had palpitations for about 5 years now. I get them anytime of the day or in bed. I dont know if I get them while I am asleep, they have never woken me up anyway. I had ECG monitoring for a week which I had to click if I got one and it recorded it. I also had a transthoracic echocardiogram which showed I had a structurally normal heart. Apparently some people are just more aware of them than others. They dont really bother me except sometimes they make me catch my breathe. I am quite used to it now and like to put my hand over my heart to feel it - strange I know but I think I would miss them now. :-) Hope that reassures you.
have you had a sleep study done to see if you have Sleep Apnea?