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03-21-2011, 09:16 PM
ack! has this ever happened to anyone?? I woke up last night to pee, and when i came back to bed my heart was beating weirdly! it's like all of a sudden i was AWARE of it, it was thudding and freaked me the **** out ~ it lasted almost an hour!!!

I called a friend who's a GP and he said it sounded like a heart palpitation and wasn't serious but to see my doctor of course

anyone else ever had this????

03-21-2011, 09:34 PM
Yep, I had them all the time before I went low carb/sugar.

It can be related to too much caffeine, or sugar. It can also be related to anxiety. I went to a cardiologist because I was having them so often (I weighed 278 pounds) and he said not to worry, but to cut out caffeine, stress, and lose weight.

(I don't have them anymore unless I overeat or have too much sugar).

DixC Chix
03-21-2011, 10:01 PM
In the middle of the night I would suspect there may have been a dream of which you were totally unaware and have no memory but it invoked a strong reaction.

I have experienced this but there could be other reasons.

03-21-2011, 10:01 PM
it sure was unnerving, i've never had one before and i weighed 323 pounds and eating chocolate was my olympic sport LOL weird i'd get them NOW??? I have 1 coffee a day and I have very very little stress....that's it i'm dying!!!

03-21-2011, 11:18 PM
I also have virtually no stress.

Last year out of the blue while riding down the road I had an all out panic attack (didn't know that's what it was then) that lasted about an hour. I thought I was having a heart attack. I had another one a week later and went to the doctor. It turned out that I was slightly deficient in b-12. I got shots for a couple of months and then switched to a good quality supplement. I haven't had one since.

03-22-2011, 12:04 AM
Not sure how old you are, but it's common to have them in perimenopause and menopause

Goddess Jessica
03-22-2011, 12:07 AM
My mother (who is an RN) says they're like a eye twitch but in your heart. Yes, you should get it checked out. No, it's probably not serious.

I get heart palps all the time. For me, it's directly related to anxiety and they last for days. When I worked out all the time I would get them when I skipped a good workout. It was like I had pent up energy and it was coming out some how! It can totally freak you out.

My mother gets them when she doesn't sleep enough.

03-22-2011, 02:31 AM
I got them a bit in pregnancy a few years back. They told me it was normal. Doubled blood volume. Then they returned several months ago at night when trying to fall asleep. For me it was anxiety related. But my doc gave me an test in the office (ekg?) which came back slightly weird. So then I had a stress test running on the treadmill then they look at your heart and I was cleared. My baseline normal might be just slightly off which is common I guess.

It is scary. I never had pain or loss of breath though. Just a heightened sense of feeling it beat and once in a while it would do an extra kick.

03-22-2011, 08:55 AM
Trazey, I have never had this happen to me. I am 49yrs old. Hope everything will be ok for you. I sure would miss reading you post ! ( I am serious ) your post have always motivated me. You have ran off and left me behind as far as your weight loss but I am still trying. The heart is serious. Get things looked at and keep us informed. Hope everything is well with you !!!!

03-22-2011, 10:10 AM
ack, thanks Dumplin! I'd miss posting LOL I'm super fond of being alive!!

Went to the doc this morning and she's sure it's a one-off. I had a full heart workup not too long ago and everything was okey dokey. As long as no pain, sweating or dizziness or shortness of breath happens at the same time, it's 'one of those things' i guess??? crazy business!!! i'm NOT a fan lol

how funny my first thought is "are you KIDDING me, i bust my a$$ to lose a whole PERSON in weight and NOW i get a heart attack???" lol i was so annoyed!

Jennifer 3FC
03-22-2011, 10:47 AM
I've had them from time to time - it usually happens in swarms! I take fish oil and magnesium regularly for heart health (heart disease runs in the family) and normally if I take them regularly they stay away. My triggers are too little sleep, sugar, caffeine, and anxiety (which can be aggravated by bad dreams - I imagine even the ones I don't remember!).

03-22-2011, 11:00 AM
Oh, I know exactly what you mean. I have them every once in a while, and I think it's stress related for me. It's like my heart beats extra hard and is thumping out of my chest ~ it usually happens for a few seconds and then goes away, but when it happens I'm always telling my husband, "If I collapse, tell them (the ambulance) that it's my heart!!" because it freaks me out so badly!

03-22-2011, 11:13 AM
@Emme, that's what I told my hubby too!!! I said wow, if i'm on the floor, tell them it's my heart! It lasted a whole HOUR so I even got dressed, wouldn't want to go in an ambulance in my nightie LOL

Doesn't it seem like a major design FLAW that everything hinges on one stupid heart?? if it stops, game over, no back up! no fair lol

I've been reading up on it, and I thought an hour was long - sometimes they last 24 hours?!!!! nooooooooo ok i gotta stop thinking about this or the stress will give me another one!

03-22-2011, 11:26 AM
These are very unpleasant and scary too. I'm so glad you had it checked out Trazey since cardiac symptoms can often be overlooked in women or attributed to other things.

Be well!

03-22-2011, 11:34 AM
I get them when I eat too much sugar... it's a good motivation to not eat sugar! I've found that exercise and b6 and b12 vitamins helps.

03-22-2011, 11:39 AM
Stop drinking all coffee, even decaf.
Coffee will cause heart palpitations. Too much caffeinated soft drinks can also.

And drink blueberry juice, concord grape juice, or blackberry juice. They are all good for the heart. You just need 1/2 cup per day. So no need to overdo it.

If you have been drinking processed milk (skim, 1%,2%) then switch back to whole milk.

03-22-2011, 11:51 AM
It could also be related to acid reflux. Not who everyone suffers from acid reflux experiences heartburn. Also, you mentioned that you were asleep, so it could also be triggered by the change in blood pressure from getting up too quickly. I've been suffering from random heart palps for over a year, so I've gone through the gambit trying to figure out a cause. Go see your Doctor and rule out the nasty medical causes, then you can start working through the myriad of environmental/lifestyle causes. Good luck!! :-)

03-22-2011, 03:25 PM
Not sure how old you are, but it's common to have them in perimenopause and menopause
Took the words right out of my mouth! This is a classic sign of peri-menopause. Right up there with the dreaded night sweats.

03-22-2011, 03:57 PM
nooooooooooooooo it can't be that!!! i LIE about my age hehehehe My body HEARS me say I'm 35 so it believes it ;)

I'm 43, and desperately hoping i'll have my mom's experience - at 55 she had about 3 days of 'feeling kinda hot' and then it passed for good LOL prolly not but i can hope!!!

03-22-2011, 10:47 PM
My Mom had menopause at 55 and never had a single "issue". I had menopause at 55 (last year) and am still having hot flashes like nobody's business.

03-23-2011, 09:57 AM
I have them...well, had them. My doctor finally put me on a heart med, now I rarely have them. I've dealt with them since around high school, but they had gotten a lot worse in this last year, after losing all this weight, go figure.
Anyway, go to your doctor. It might be stress or whatever, or it could be more than that, so go to the doctor.

03-23-2011, 11:49 AM
yup already went to the doctor as I said in my post - she called me and said I'm low in potassium & magnesium and that can cause a palpitation. Otherwise heart is strong and OK! yay!

guess I should have been taking a multi-vitamin oops! I eat a ton of veg and fruit so I figured I was ok -- now WHICH vitamin???? what do gals over 40 take on here???

03-23-2011, 12:22 PM
I take Centrum Silver for women, but then I'm way over 40 LOL it doesn't have iron if you are still having your period

Jennifer 3FC
03-23-2011, 12:25 PM
I don't take a multi, although I probably should. I take 500 mg of chelated magnesium a day. My dietitian said chelated is absorbed better and easier on the stomach. I get all my vitamins at Vitacost. They have great prices. I also take Barlean's fish oil daily. It keeps the blood thinned and is supposed to work as a mood stabilizer and helps with palpitations in some people as well.

03-25-2011, 12:10 AM
Yes, me. Mine are much worse when I'm anemic, but it happens other times as well. Want to know a weird trick? Sometimes you can get rid of it by coughing. That causes a vaso-vagal response that will sometimes kick the rhythm back to normal.

03-25-2011, 09:58 AM
that's funny ou say that Uber, the doctor said the same thing, it stimulates the valgas nerve that regulates the rhythmn, she also said you can hold your nose and close your mouth and try to expell air (like you're trying to clear your ears) the pressure can do the same thing, nutty!

03-25-2011, 10:14 AM
that's funny ou say that Uber, the doctor said the same thing, it stimulates the valgas nerve that regulates the rhythmn, she also said you can hold your nose and close your mouth and try to expell air (like you're trying to clear your ears) the pressure can do the same thing, nutty!

Hmm. I haven't tried the nose thing, but a cough or two usually works when it's freaking me out.

03-25-2011, 12:15 PM
If you get acid reflux and have to take antacids, try almonds instead.

Just eat 2-4 almonds after eating anything. You might not have to take the pills and antacids. The less chemicals in your system, the healthier you will be.

And any kind of almonds will do... flavored, roasted, raw.
I always keep a few in my purse and car.


03-25-2011, 02:45 PM
Nope, never any acid reflux/heartburn even, but I do eat almonds tho!

03-25-2011, 04:59 PM
Hey Trazy, I take the GNC Womens Active vitamins every Spring. There are 7 vitamins for each day. However, I split a daily dose in half so that a month supply last two months. These vitamins are suppose to help in weight loss also. Price is somewhere around $50.00 for a 30 day supply (for me sixty day). I feel they give me the boast I need ! The rest of the year I take a multi vitamin from Sam's Club (Makers Mark Brand) I also take an extra vitamin c starting in the fall until Spring to help fight off colds. I have to say I have'nt had a cold since I started.