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"Why does my heart pound when I lay down?"
Heart pounds, like beats really hard when I lay down or try to go to sleep. Is this serious?
Palpitations are heartbeat sensations that make you feel like your heart is pounding or racing, which may be normal or abnormal. It is not possible to assess the severity of your condition or establish a diagnosis without a physical exam and comprehensive medical history so I suggest an in-person consultation with a doctor. More information about your condition is necessary. Do you feel skipped or stopped beats? Does your heart rate feel slow or fast when you have the palpitations? Did the palpitations begin or end suddenly? Do you have other symptoms? In general, there are many different types of heart palpitations. The heart rate is often slower when lying down. It may make your heart palpitations more noticeable, so in this case there is nothing to worry about. Heart palpitations are usually not serious. In some cases, they may be a sign and symptom of a serious medical condition, such as hypertension, referred to as the silent killer because usually there are no real symptoms. I would suggest that you seek out the help of a primary care doctor or a cardiologist who will examine you and may follow up with an EKG, blood pressure checks, and blood work. The doctor may also prescribe some beta-blocker medications to treat your palpitations. Hope this helps.
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