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 Topic Name: Awaken by Fast HeartBeats 

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Hi People,
I am 36 years old and on hypertensive for past year.
Recently in the past 2 weeks, I have been waking up 3-4am with a fast heartbeats. Have anyone had this experience before?
Web research told me it could be panic attacks, sleep apnea or an underlying heart disease.
Please share your experience.
 Posted: 22/02/2012 10:46 PM
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I recently had a relative who was experiencing fast heart beat, and he also said chest pain and sometimes almost feel like fainting. Finally he did quite a number of heart tests. Upon evaluation and discussion with a senior consultant heart doctor, it was found to be mainly'panic attack'.
Apparently it had to do to with the way you feel your heart is pounding. A real heart problem / heart chest pain is very very bursting and choking.  You may also feel sweaty. Whereas, panic attack is like heart just racing very very fast.
It all boiled down to coping with stressful work and worry about the family...
But you need to check your other symptoms ; are you overweight, smoker and/or with high choletserol?
Those are the main risk factors associated with  real heart problem.
I suggest better get those checked first. If high cholesterol, then maybe should go for a basic heart test just to reduce the fear.
For my relative, after the doctor told him it was panic attack and not heart problem, amazingly, from the next day onwards, he felt much better and no more chest pain!!!
 Posted: 23/02/2012 12:45 PM
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 Hi, I experimented before with a very basic TCM common knowledge physical technique. This may help if you have nothing and no Dr available immediately and you are helpless trying to mentally calm yourself. You can try to massage with a pen or your own finger at the bottom V (the tai chung acupoint) of the valley depression at the skin surface of the right foot between big toe and second toe you may be able to feel more comfortable. If you are just anxious, the acupoint massage should be able to achieve calm down and feel less pressured by heart beats within few minutes.
 Posted: 08/03/2012 08:13 PM
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