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Racing heart....

(5 Posts)
Popcorninapot Wed 04-Oct-17 17:47:35

Hope someone can help....

A few weeks ago I went to the doctors as I was getting pins and needles regularly down my right hand side, and also getting what I can only describe as flutters in my chest. I've had palpitations before if I've had coffee right before bed, it wasn't quite a palpitation, more being very aware of my heart beating.

Doctor reassured my it was likely related to being rundown and lifestyle. I have three children under five, am breastfeeding a 5 month old and still have a good stone of baby weight to lose.

Fast forward a few weeks, I cut down and eventually cut out coffee and alcohol (not that I was having a lot of either!). I've had no caffeine or alcohol at all for a week, and today the flutters are happening really frequently.

I'm suddenly panicking as I looked at my Fitbit while sitting down (albeit with my 5 month old in a sling) and my heart rate is 96!!! Usually in 60s or low 70s.

Will ring doctor in the morning but should I be more worried? Would you ring 111? Anyone had anything similar? Am 37 so not generally worried about my heart!!

Thank you

Dodie66 Wed 04-Oct-17 17:52:11

Stress can cause palpitations/flutters. I get them all the time and had tests/ecg etc and nothing is wrong. The doc said its anxiety. What were you doing before you checked your pulse rate? I'm not an expert but I don't think 96 is high. My daughter has bad anxiety too and gets a racing heart even when resting. Hopefully somebody with more knowledge will come along soon and reassure you.

Popcorninapot Wed 04-Oct-17 17:57:27

Thank you dodie. I was sitting down after walking round the house with the baby to get her to sleep. I don't feel particularly anxious, I'm obviously busy and tired and not getting much rest. But not worrying about anything (other than the racing heart!)

Popcorninapot Wed 04-Oct-17 19:07:35


Dodie66 Thu 05-Oct-17 11:52:57

Worrying about it will make it race :-) it's usually caused by stress of some sort and it is stressful with a baby. You need a bit of ME time to relax if you can. Hope you are feeling better today. Hugs xx

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