I have palpitations when I go to bed or wake up

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When I go to bed or wake up in the morning I sometimes get palpitations especially if I lie on my side, if I sit up and hold my breath my heart jumps back into a normal rhythm. It also gets palpitations after I stretch?

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    They're exactly what you say they are, but that doesn't mean you don't have a normal

    rhythm.   A person can have perfectly normal sinus rhythm as it's called, but also ex

    perience positional premature ventricular contractions or premature atrial contractions.  Unless you've had an ecg that showed a high degree of ventricular

    block or atrial fibrillation that causes a chaotic rhythm that looks like a picket fence

    on the tracing, then you probably just have occassional PVCs or PACs, but you

    still have sinus rhythm.  People oftentimes believe their heart isn't in rhythm because these premature beats (palpitatiions) can be felt, but they're perfectly

    harmless, trhat is, unless you have a high degree of them.

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    If in doubt get a halter monitor, through your local GP, usually for 24 hours, or you can get through local GP's here in australia.

    From there the GP will be able to tell from the readings if you have an issue and if it needs to be dealt with.

    If the paplitations or that feeling stays for more than say half and hour, and the deep breaths or holding your breath do not bring it back into normal, call an ambulance and get them to record what is happening as it is happening.

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