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Does anyone else get these? I've had them for minutes at a time before, usually in the evening. I'm thinking it could be stress, or hormones, or maybe I just really need to exercise. Also, I dunno if it's just my imagination or what but in the morning sometimes I just feel like I don't get enough air in my lungs and my chest feels kind of uncomfortable. I read an article recently that said that people have the highest risk for heart attacks in the morning right when you wake up.

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Does anyone else get these? I've had them for minutes at a time before, usually in the evening. I'm thinking it could be stress, or hormones, or maybe I just really need to exercise. Also, I dunno if it's just my imagination or what but in the morning sometimes I just feel like I don't get enough air in my lungs and my chest feels kind of uncomfortable. I read an article recently that said that people have the highest risk for heart attacks in the morning right when you wake up.
While a check-up with your doc could be good to help ease your mind by ruling out any cardiac issues, the shortness of breath symptoms you describe are usually caused by hyperventilation. Learning diaphragmatic breathing is a wonderful skill for all with anxiety to have in their toolboxes.

Regarding the palpitations, those used to scare me into a panic attack. I saw my doc and wore a Holter Monitor for a day to record any events. I only had a few abnormal beats, and out of the 100,000 heartbeats or so per day, a few wonky ones isn't anything to be concerned about (according to that doc). Oh, and cutting out caffeine did wonders for me.

Here's a bit about diaphragmatic breathing: http://www.anxietycoach.com/breath1.htm

And a little about palpitations here: http://www.livingwithanxiety.com/anxiet ... ations.htm
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I find it's gotten a little better since I stopped drinking coffee, so the cutting caffeine may have helped now that I think about it. And yeah, I need to find a doctor too, I've put that off way too long already. Thanks for the websites, Dan. I'll check up on it!

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Hi quietgal

I get heart palpitations pretty frequently. I start obsessively counting my pulse and freaking out about it, which only makes it go higher. I have to remind myself that anxiety and caffeine have an effect on your heart rate, but I always worry it could be something else.
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To help with palpitations take 400-600mg of magnesium, fish oil, and coq-10. That will actually help with your tension (atleast the magnesium will), and if the underlying cause is physical it can reverse it alot of the time. You are doing alot of good by avoiding stimulants; i've started to and have noticed tremendous benefit.
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Yes, I used to get these quite badly. I thought my heart was going to explode at some points, it was extremely scary. After trying anti-depressants for awhile the heart palpitations seems to have stopped. I don't think it was the medication specifically but the fact that I'm no longer as overly stressed and borderline 'suicidal' as I was back then.
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I developed these. Turns out I have a mitral valve prolapse with a second degree AV block. Taking magnesium stopped the palpitations cold.

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Yup, I've always had heart palpitations. It's annoying, but it's something I just have to live with. It can be annoying at night sometimes when I am trying to sleep and my heart keeps pounding.
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I would get panic attacks because of palpitations. I would get so anxious I would waking up in the middle of my sleep gasping for air could be bad dreams hopefully not anything serious.

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Used to get them alot. Haven't had any since I started taking Metoprolol and quit caffiene.
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I get those occasionally, and I'm a hypochondriac, so I'm always thinking "oh my gosh what's wrong w/ me?!"
I think unless it's all the time its nothing to worry about.
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I think this has alot to do with social anxiety. I've been getting them off and on for the last few years. It must be because i've bottled up so much stress and anxiety and my heart is working overtime. Does anyone else get these?

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In the past month or so I've been getting them from time to time. Of course, it scared me to death when it first started so I got a ton of tests done, and it was nothing physical. I'm pretty sure it's anxiety. Although not just social. In class a few weeks ago we all had to go up to the board one by one and write something down, and I didn't know what to do. As I was sitting there in my chair waiting for my turn, I could practically hear my heart beating. Also I tend to get anxious at night now (don't know why), so sometimes if I get home later than planned or have to finish things before going to sleep, my heart is usually racing and pounding.

It's weird because I've been stressed a ton of times before and nothing like this ever happened. It's scary that it could cause such a strong physical symptom.

Just knowing that all my tests came back normal helps a lot. Now I know that when I get these episodes, ignoring them is an option. If I'm really stressed at the time it happens, it usually passes on it's own after a while. If I'm not stressed and it happens, I just try to breathe really slow and deep, and try to think about something that makes me laugh.

I hope this goes away for both of us. Even though I know it won't exactly hurt me, it's still scary.
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Does anyone get heart palpitations?


It's kind of worrying me but i'd say about a year or more ago i started getting heart palpitations, not really sure how to describe it but its like a moment of feeling your heart beat (maybe a double beat?) It only lasts a few seconds but it freaks me out.

I'm worried because it's been happening more lately, like almost everyday, once or twice a day. It happens randomly, i don't even have to be nervous/anxious to have it happen.

I googled it and it says they are common in people with anxiety but i'm not entirely sure since they happen when i am not anxious and they are happening more lately. Though i have been stressed out lately...


I know i'm young and should be healthy but my paranoid thoughts are getting to me.

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I get these all the time, ever since I was 11. Even when I'm relaxed and tucked away in bed, it creeps up on me. It's horrible, isn't it? I still don't know what to do about it. I just wait and let it pass. Sometimes for me it lasts for 20 minutes. You shouldn't worry too much, just try breathing exercises. Take a deep breath, hold for 5-7 seconds, let out a slow breath and repeat until you feel better.
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Yeah. It's a weird feeling but I'm used to it now. I don't think it's anything to worry about.
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I was experiencing heart palpitations and I got an ECG. It came up normal. You're probably fine, but if it would make you feel better, you could get an ECG.
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I have it, and sometimes, feeling the heart is skipping beats with chest pain. Feeling weak and dizzy when it happens.

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