Heartbeat during perimenopause

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Why is it since being in perimenopause I am so aware of my heartbeat??? Literally just laying in bed I am aware of it's beating and worried if it's beating too fast, to slow, skipping beats etc....

I hate being a woman 😦

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    I have the exact same, felt my heart was beating too fast , especially at night, also skips beats. Went to docs , and he had an ecg done to put my mind at rest. Try not to worry , its a common symptom, but if you cant stop worrying about it, go to docs so you can be reasured . Its crap being a woman sometimes X

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    Yes I get this too. It can be so nerve-racking. I feel it when I'm sitting, standing, lying down, etc. It sets my anxiety into a tailspin. This is one symptom among others that I will not miss.

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    That was me last night at 2 am...woke to a racing heart...it was up to 138 bpm. I hate it! I was given beta-blockers for this from a cardiologist. I had a 48 hr holter montior - my heart was fine. I only take the beta-blocker whenever I have an episode. I was to take them all the time but don't. It takes a while, maybe an hour to kick in. I just breath deep until it slows or until the beta blocker kicks in ..

    I really hate this too! It only happens while I'm sleeping. It got better while I was taking melatonin. I need to start taking that again.

    Here's from the Cleveland Clinic website on abnormal heart beats:

    **During perimenopause (the time period before menopause), there is a marked decrease in ovarian estrogen production. This is associated with an increase in heart rate (sinus tachycardia) and an increased frequency in palpitations and non-threatening arrhythmias, such as premature ventricular contractions or PVCs.

    Menopause causes a further decline in estrogen as the menstrual cycle stops. This time period is associated with irregular heart beats, palpitations, spasmodic chest pain and nightmares in women 40 -64 years old².

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    Yes, I definitely get that! It skips, beats fast, does somersaults and everything else, lol! It does come in spurts for me. I will have a time where it is fine, then will have it for weeks or months at a time. I have also noticed when my heartburn/gerd is acting up that it is worse. Just know that there a lot of women who have this. It is very unpleasant, especially when you are laying down and trying to rest. I try to get my mind off it (which I know is not easy) and it does help sometimes. Try to hang in there! Thinking of you!

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      I also notice it more when my heartburn is on the rise. My GP told me that what I was actually feeling was stomach related and not my heart after she ran some heart tests. I feel it sometimes after I eat something that triggers my heartburn.

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    I know! I am constantly checking my heart rate on my watch the second i feel it's a little fast or skips a beat. It seems like the anxiety kicks in as soon as I start checking and I can see it steadily race upward. I'm glad I'm not alone in this, but hope it gets better for us all!

    Joseanne Henry

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      Joseanne,

      Best not to keep checking your heart rate on your watch 😃 I know I had been doing that and it would make me anxious and make it worse. I will check it once I know it's at top speed 😃 Then I pop the beta-blocker and start the deep breathing, praying, meditation. I try to focus away from the rapid heart rate. Just keep telling myself it will slow and everything will be fine.

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    klm1213 ~ I don't know if I'm in perimenopause or menopause (I'm still on the pill) but I'm 50 and now have high blood pressure. My heart races and I know exactly what you mean about being aware of it beating. You might consider seeing your doctor and getting your blood pressure checked, just to be safe. Take care.

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    I'm getting palpations , not sure if I'm starting the menopause because I have the marina coil and have not had a period for months , I've had palpations off and on everyday for over a week , very scary and then I feel anxious .

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