Heart Beats Fast When I Lay Down

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Asked by bashapup

Heart Beats Fast When I Lay Down

heart beats fast when i lay down, sometimes it'll go to normal but lately it beats fast all night

Answer

bashapup,

Thanks for your question.

Many people who experience rapid heart beat do not notice the problem until they lie down and go to sleep. This is the time when everything is quiet, there is no noise, or other distractions, and the rapid rate is then noticed.

The question is: what is the cause. A lot depends on what the rhythm is. To know this, you will need to see your doctor who will ask several questions, examine you, and perform an electrocardiogram. If your heart beat is fast, but otherwise normal, this is known as sinus tachycardia with a rate that is above the normal range of 60 to 100 beats per minute. Common causes for this include thyroid disease, anemia, anxiety, and sometimes medication.

Other types of tachycardia include several different types of cardiac arrhythmias. Again, your doctor will help identify this problem. Sometimes a 24 hour monitor of the heart need to be done to "capture" the abnormal rhythm if it does not show up on a routine electrocardiogram. Blood tests and further cardiac testing may be required.

So make an appointment to see your physician for an evaluation of your symptoms so that treatment can be started as soon as possible, and get you back to sleeping ...undisturbed.

Best wishes and feel better.

Martin Cane, M.D.