Around December 7th I noticed that my heart rate was much higher than normal and I was having shortness of breath. Normal heart rate for me is around 60 and it is now 80-100 sometimes higher. It also felt like it was out of rythum. It does this for days at a time and lets up only about a day or two but will only go down to about 75. Lately I am having trouble falling to sleep, my heart rate will be high and then it when I am about to fall asleep it feels like it is squeezed a little and then stops and it makes me immediately wake up and draw a deep breath. I have never had this happen before and I assumed it was a panick attack because on Dec 2nd my mom had a heart attack at 41! My grandmother(my moms mom) was put into the hospital a few days later and has since died. Heart problems run all thru my moms side of the fam. I have been stressed but I haven't been panicking or too emotional. I am wondering if I should go get an ekg. I know it would be smart but I do not have insurance. When I get married in a few months I will be put on his insurance. I am afraid to find something wrong and insurance wont cover it being pre existing. Other than stressing out which I tend to do alot, I don't smoke, drink, do drugs, and I am not sexually active if any of this helps. I take asprin and ibuprofen occasionally. Could all of this be just stress related? If it is a panick attack when should it stop??