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Heart Beat Increasing


#1

Hey everyone,

Lately my heart beat speed has increased a lot. Right now just sitting here it's beating very fast and it's vibrating on my neck...

Also when I sleep I feel it vibrating hard on my chest. Why dp you think this is happening?


#2

start keeping a log of your RHR each morning, increases in RHR are a tell tale sign of over training...anything new thrown into your diet? supplements?


#3

I've recently started using Reflex Instant Whey instead of Body Fortress Whey.

I dont think I am overtraining, BJJ 4/5 times a week plus 1 weight/ conditioning session per week.

I have a very good diet also...


#4

Have you actually measured it? I sometimes get the sensation my heart is racing at night but I measure it and it's very low. I think it might just be lowering of blood pressure that gives that sensation. I also feel it pounding at times but it's never actually racing even though it feels like it.


#5

you should get it checked out if it your feeling uncomfortable


#6

I doubt changing protein powders is causing a huge difference. high blood pressure maybe?


#7

actually, never mind.. there are a few added enzymes in Reflex Instant Whey (just looked it up) so that may possibly be a problem. could try a different protein powder (like the one you had before?) and easily test to see if it is change in protein powder or something else.


#8

What time of the day do you train, and what time do you go to bed?


#9

Usually train BJJ around 8.30pm (finishes at 10) and go to bed about 12.


#10

Last night it was beating super fast, then my heart felt like it jumped forward, then I felt really weird for a couple of seconds, hard to explain.

I'm definitly going to get it checked out..


#11

how are you sleeping?


#12

Why would added enzymes be a problem?

Do you consume much caffein? Are you feeling stressed at home/work?


#13

Cardiac arrhythmia and palpitations are sometimes linked to electroylte deficiency and/or dehydration. Magnesium, sodium and potassium affect the contractility of the heart and plasma volume.

It is a good idea that you get checked out, you wouldnt really want undiagnosed atrial fibrillation. But in the meantime have a look at your hydration status, caffeine intake and electrolyte intake too.

If you are going to bed after your BJJ, which is at night, you could be slightly dehydrated; depleted some electroyltes and will have stimulated your sympathetic nervous system (increasing HR).

Supplementing with magnesium citrate, say 500mg - 750mg, prior to retiring (without calcium) will help. Magnesium is a relaxant and an electrolyte and can help with palpitations.

Good luck,


#14

I dont consume much caffein no, and no I wouldn't say I was stressed at all, I do train like a madman though.


#15

I sleep well, but lately I have been taking longer to get to sleep because of my heart rate speed increasing.


#16

the real question about the caffeine/other stimulants here is do you use or take them at 8 at night before your workout?


#17

By any chance, are you taking glucosamine/chrondroitin/MSM?


#18

That's for your joints. Why do you think that effects his heart?


#19

I had a reaction to it. It elevated my heart rate for several days to the point that I couldn't sleep. It went away on its own and I was back to normal after about 6 days.


#20

I PM'ed you. Don't want to hijack thread.