Posted By Andy Maki on August 10, 1998 at 10:52:13:
I have question I hope you can answer. I have noticed that sometimes while
sleeping on my left side that I experience pain in my ribcage from where my
heart is pumping. I sometimes don't have any pain at all, but other times
it is intense enough that it wakes me up. The pain goes away when I roll
over to my right side. What is happening here? Is it anything to worry
about, I have noticed this repeatedly in the past year or so. Since it
does go away, I write it off generally as an annoyance. Is there any
concern of an enlarged heart or why would my I feel my heartbeat to the
point that it hurts? I am 26 years old and have occasional PVCs.
A second question: Sometimes at night when I get up to go to the bathroom,
my heart rate accelerates as soon as I stand up. I've timed it at 110-120
beats per minute. I find this strange since I've been sleeping. The rate
eventually returns to normal if I stay up (5-10 minutes) or as soon as I
lay down again. Is this also anything to worry about?
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