Every night for the last couple of months I will wake up with a racing heart, shortness of breath, and just a scared feeling that something is wrong. My BP will be slightly elevated to pretty high depending on how scared I get. It usually only happens within the first hour I fall asleep and once I calm down and go back to sleep I sleep fine and it doesn't happen the rest of the night. It doesn't happen when I take naps during the day. I've had a sleep study which was fine. Holter monitor also fine and an event monitor which captured the episodes and my heartrate would go up to 130-150 and come right back down again. The cardiologist said it could be SVT but he couldn't tell which type. Other docs have said nocturnal panic attacks. This happened to me about 5 years ago, went away for years, then came back. It's so strange and I can't tie it to any triggers and it also never happens when I'm awake. I've heard SVT is rare during sleep and I don't have sleep apnea. It's driving me crazy and I just can't get any answers. I have panic disorder and GAD as well. Does this happen to anyone else? What helps and have you been able to get any answers? In the back of my mind I'm always thinking it could be something fatal.
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