Hi. For the last few months especially when I lie down at night my heart starts beating really fast and my feet and hands get a numb or tingly sensation in them. My cholesterol is pretty terrible at 245/27 and my height is 6'3 and about 255 lbs which means I am overweight. I take my blood pressure every few days and is is fine at the low or low-medium threshhold. I do not smoke or drink but I love my diet coke even though I know I should stay away from it. I do have some shoulder pain although most of it originates from the upper left side of my back and I think there is just a strain or pull there. Am I developing the symptoms of an upcoming heart attack(an 41 now) or could this just be stress related. I have had alot of stress in my life but lately I have been much happier as our finances and lives are improving so I am not sure if that is the problem. Pretty much the circulation problems and rapid heartbeat are freaking me out though so I am not sure if that is helping. Thanks
When you say that "my heart starts beating really fast" it doesn't tell me how fast it is really going. It might be at a moderate rate and you have become aware of it. So you should time the rate a number of times by counting the beats for one minute. Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet could be due to hyperventilation (over-breathing), which may occur with stress, and would not necessarily relate to your heart rate.
You acknowledge that you are overweight and that your cholesterol is elevated, so you should do something about that. See a physician and get appropriate treatment for your cholesterol with diet and medication as necessary. And while you are at it, tell the doctor what your heart rates are when you lie down at night.
Proper treatment of your cholesterol and weight would significantly reduce your risk of a heart attack, though I should emphasize that there is nothing in your described symptoms that indicate "an upcoming heart attack."
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