Mine started just like yours. When I was 17 years old, I woke up in the middle of the night and my heart was racing. I could even hear it!
The best thing to do is see a doctor. They will determine if your heart is structurally normal. If it is, then this is a benign condition. Unfortunately anxiety fuels the problem. I, like you, kept careful watch over my pulse and heart rate. This just made things worse. I'm still here today 30 years later. I'm sure you are fine. Really...dwelling on this just makes the problems so much worse. Get piece of mind by seeing a doctor. This will help with the anxiety which in turn will help with the heart racing. Stay away from drugs and alcholol too! Pot really sets hearts off!
I have a similar problem. My heart rate goes up over 100 almost every morning when I get out of bed. This morning it was at 109 and stayed that way for about 4 hours. I felt really dizzy like I could pass out. After the high heart rate ended I felt very tired. I have no idea what is causing this but it scares me to death. I have been to several doctors, wore a heart monitor for 24 hours, had a echo done, and used an event monitor. The doctor says this is all related to anxiety, but I am having a difficult time accepting that. I have finally been referred to a cardiologist, who I will see in less than 2 weeks. This has been going on for 5 months. I noticed my first episode while sitting at my computer. I just felt this bad neck pain and then a rapid heart rate. After that first episode I have been experiencing this almost every day.
Wow, thank you so much for that reply, it really did relieve me! I have spent the past hour reading about how much longer these people have had to live with these type of symptoms and it makes me feel like a very healthy person.
And the last bit of advice helps me too because I forgot to mention I did do pot within these last two weeks and the attack came upon me stronger and longer than ever. I was with a large group of friends and they just laughed at me while I was worried out of my mine (literally) Never a better time to quit then now! Thanks jkfrench
Thanks Lisa, now that you've mentioned it. I definitely did realize a soreness in my neck (eve now) with slight dizziness that is very bad during the episodes i get as well. I agree that we do have similar symptoms.
Yep, my first episode in the middle of the night was after I smoked some pot at a party. I never touched it again, nor any other drug for that matter. If pot could set my heart off just imagine what stronger drugs would do. I also stayed away from alcholol for my entire 20's. It seemed to make my heart race too. I did have a doctor finally put me on tenormin. This is a great drug because you can take it only as you need it if you want to take it that way. I prefer to take 1/4 of the tablet every night and it seems to help. If my heart has a tachy day, then I just take another 1/4. I think I started taking it in my late 20's. Just some additional information if you care to discuss it with your doctor.
My heart is fine as I'm sure yours is too. I wish this forum would have been around for me when I was 17. It really helps to read about how many people do have to deal with some sort of benign heart issue. Take care and don't worry, BUT see a doctor. That is really the only way to help with the anxiety. At this point your nervous system is kicked into "overdrive" and very sensitive to your thoughts. It takes time for all that to calm down again.
My heart has been beating fast for over 10 years I never told my parents because I'm scared of getting surgery and I don't want them to worry I'm 17 and its just starting acting up again I guess because I'm thinking about it a lot I'm on the verge of telling my parents but I don't want to live on medication at my age I hope it stops these answers gave me a little bit of closure thanks! :)
Just how fast is it beating? Have you attempted to measure your pulse? Depending on the diagnosis, there are many drugs that can be tried. Most likely "surgery" is not something to worry about. If a "procedure" is required, it's really no big deal. Think "donating blood through your leg" rather than your arm, and that gives you a very rough idea of the extent of the "surgery". It's nothing more than a small puncture on each side of your leg. You should really get this looked at now rather than later. It could be something trivial. But you could get it resolved, and move on with your life.
Do not stress about this but do let your parents know. The procedure for fixing arrhythmia is minimally invasive. The heart is accessed by catheters through your femoral vein and it is not your "cut and sew" type surgery at all. In most cases, you will stay overnight after the procedure for observation and released the following morning. Success rates are high and complications rates are low. You should tell your parents about it and see a electrophysiologist (a cardiologist that specialize in electrical conduction of the heart) about your condition. If you decide to go ahead with a procedure, pick a center that does a decent volume of RF ablations each year (minimum 200).