heart stopped while sleeping

crewmom Community Member June 05, 2007
  • I'm an average size 51 year old woman.  My cholesterol is at 268 and I have recently had fluctuations of high blood pressure.  My doctor has given me a diuretic to reduce fluid. I recently wore a 24 hour monitor because it felt like I was having arrythmias and it turned up premature heartbeats.  My most severe problem is, I'm waking in the middle of the night, gasping, feeling as if my heart has stopped.  My doctor told me my heart does "re-set" itself after a premature heartbeat and this is what I'm feeling.  These "episodes" have been averaging 3 to 5 a night and are terrifying.  I'm afraid to go to sleep for fear I won't wake. Could my heart be stopping momentarily or am I dreaming this? 
6 Comments
  • Anonymous
    andrew
    Jan. 23, 2009

    sorry I can't awnser your question but,

     

     

    I think I just woke up from what your talking about...

    (hence why im on the internet at 5:57 in the morning)

     

     

    like I was in my dream I knew what I was doing in my dream and then and i heard a "dong"

     

    I was awake and out of my dream (at least i think i was)

    and then my heart just beat like...

    RHMLucky777

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    sorry I can't awnser your question but,

     

     

    I think I just woke up from what your talking about...

    (hence why im on the internet at 5:57 in the morning)

     

     

    like I was in my dream I knew what I was doing in my dream and then and i heard a "dong"

     

    I was awake and out of my dream (at least i think i was)

    and then my heart just beat like once REALLY HARD and then Again and again in super iregular patterns and really hard but then the beats started getting not so hard and more in rhythm...

    and I calmed down...

     

    scared the Bajookies out of me...

     

    is that anything like what you've experianced?

     

    • Anonymous
      Trish
      Feb. 06, 2009

      I was just looking around like you on the net I get similar things; mine are that I wake up while my heart is stopped and I start lucid dreaming, I think because I can't come out of sleep state right then.  While I start looking around in the dream it feels like hours but it can't be more than a few seconds at most and I can feel my heart restart and feeling...

      RHMLucky777

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      I was just looking around like you on the net I get similar things; mine are that I wake up while my heart is stopped and I start lucid dreaming, I think because I can't come out of sleep state right then.  While I start looking around in the dream it feels like hours but it can't be more than a few seconds at most and I can feel my heart restart and feeling start comming back into my limbs.  Like my whole body is a limb that fell asleep.  If I try an move it's just like tryn to move a limb with the blood cut off.  The dreams are always slow to start and end generally as I come back up with a pretty difinitive conclusions, like there was a set script so I figure this means that whatever happens is a translation of my bodily functioning because otherwise it would just get interupted by a sudden stop or restart.  Also I check the clock each time and it's always 3:14 or 3:15 in the morning on the dot and my bedtimes vary pretty wildly.  Does the circadian cycle follow time closer than just by WHEN I fall asleep?  And is there such thing as a cheap heart monitor?  I guess I'll go google them next.  Anyone know if it's possible for the heart to completly stop and restart itself?  Or go dormant?  It's always WEIRD dreams and I'm kinda over this.  Course the next question is, wtf would be done to correct it?  I'm in pretty much perfect health.

    • Anonymous
      andrew
      Feb. 11, 2009

      I've had that too...

       

      I haven't really bothered to look into it though...

       

       

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Aug. 19, 2009

      it's hypnogogic hallucinations--google the term

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jun. 08, 2007
    You have symptoms of sleep apnea (waking up gasping, high blood pressure), which can also cause or aggrevate cardiac dysrhythmias. You should talk to your doctor about having a sleep study (polysomnogram) as soon as possible. If possible have the test at a hospital-based sleep lab, with staff that are credentialled in sleep disorders. There are very effective...
    RHMLucky777
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    You have symptoms of sleep apnea (waking up gasping, high blood pressure), which can also cause or aggrevate cardiac dysrhythmias. You should talk to your doctor about having a sleep study (polysomnogram) as soon as possible. If possible have the test at a hospital-based sleep lab, with staff that are credentialled in sleep disorders. There are very effective treatments for sleep apnea. For further information, go to the Nat'l Institute of Health Website.
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    Anonymous
    Jun. 08, 2007

    I am a 33 year old female and according to my doctor, everything looks good on paper-my cholesterol levels are perfect, my echocardiogram is wonderful (no mitral valve prolapse or regurgitation) and I am in good overall health. I too, have been having the premature beats, as well as episodes of tachycardia. (My heart rate will go from 70 to 134 for no reason)...

    RHMLucky777

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    I am a 33 year old female and according to my doctor, everything looks good on paper-my cholesterol levels are perfect, my echocardiogram is wonderful (no mitral valve prolapse or regurgitation) and I am in good overall health. I too, have been having the premature beats, as well as episodes of tachycardia. (My heart rate will go from 70 to 134 for no reason) The premature beats are actually quite common, most everyone has them, but not everyone notices them. For me, the symptoms seem to be more pronounced at night-probably because I slow down and have less to focus on. Regardless, my doctor started me on a low dose of a beta-blocker (Toprol) hoping to help regulate my heart rate. I took my first dose last night and noticed some improvement and less of a need to sigh when trying to catch my breath during the "skips". It's possible your doctor might want to try you on something similar.


    I am not sure what is going on in your work and personal life, but sometimes stress and anxiety can do strange things to your body, as well--something you may need to discuss with your doctor. Keep your chin up, I know this is frustrating for you, but you are not alone.