Sometimes it'll calm down quickly, but the other night I was up with it for more than 5 hours and really thought I was going to collapse. Red wine is the absolute worst for some reason, although any drink of more than 1 will start me up.
I really think it has to do with a misfiring of adrenaline brought on by a bad chemical reaction. As a last resort, I'll take a low dose of beta blocker and it will calm things down. If this heart racing was due to other factors, wouldn't the beta blocker have little effect? I see others on this board have also used Xanax to positive results.
It's truly a nightmarish condition that I truly wish was properly dealt with by doctors and considered a legitimate condition. This is not normal and I do not buy the explanation that we are simply hyperaware of our heart rate and everyone gets this but sleeps through it.
I am nearly fifty/female and the same thing happens to me. It is really scary. What I can't understand is that when I was on holiday in France for two weeks I had the usual excess's of wine and this did not happen once, even though I drank more than I do at home, I din't get a headache either. Is there something added to our wine that ultimately hurts us? It wouldn't surprise me if the Sulphites used in our wine are higher than abroad.
I am going to go to the Doc.
First off, understand that I am a 20 year old college student in great shape playing a division 2 sport (age and weight is nothing on this topic)- but for all those who think maybe losing a few pounds will help this problem by all means do it. It will make your MIND feel better which will in turn take away lots of the frustration you have with this problem. I promise, take it from me :-) :
Understand, that I am a complete nutcase on the weekends and I drink alcohol in extreme excess AND in moderation, probably 2-4 times a week.
I have a heart murmur and SVT, a condition in which a rapid arrhythmia comes on suddenly with a certain movement in where my heart can sustain a beat upwards of 180-250 BPM for up to several minutes. (Yes, scary but it IS NOT AT ALL DANGEROUS! I have run the bases with this happening!) --Caffeine and alcohol are two substances which can aggravate this condition, so if you have gotten symptoms of the above perhaps look into it! They can give you beta-blockers which works for most or at worse preform a small procedure to fix your ventricular into not firing off those random signals anymore--
I suffered from a pretty lousy stream of general anxiety disorder (in my family) and did not get relief until about 3 years later when I was put on Xanax and given counseling to learn to LET GO! G.A.D. made me monitor my heart constantly to the point I could not work out, I could not jog, I could not eat different foods without fearing they may effect my heartbeat. Friends, it is your heart! It has kept most of you alive longer then it has myself, and it will continue to do so! It knows what it has to do, and I understand the extreme discomfort, but it will subside when it feels it can, I promise.
And now, let me tell you pass to you these statistics:
A person with absolutely NO heart problems will still put on roughly 20 to 30 BPM from the consumption of alcohol in anything above extreme moderation (half a beer and up).
A person with absolutely NO heart problems can and will still put on 30-50 bpm on there resting heart rate if they drink alcohol and then get anxious about it when they wake up in the middle of the night (it is NOT your heart waking you, it is the lack of STAGE 4(deepest) and REM(hardest to wake) sleep brought on by alcohol which makes you very prone to those random nod on and nod offs during the course of the night).
Laying down after drinking alcohol puts a certain (but safe and natural) stress on your heart due to the change in blood pressure you get when standing up/laying down. While laying down, you tend to have higher blood pressure after drinking, and when standing up your blood pressure can dramatically drop for a bit sometimes causing people to PASS OUT or BLACK OUT after standing up from a sofa, chair, bed, etc. This is why you feel that real THUMP THUMP THUMP as you lay in bed at night, which can make your rate seem faster as well as more discomforting, but I promise, it is OK and not going to KILL YOU!
Alcohol makes it hard for the body to replenish its source of hydrated blood and you can become dehydrated very quickly and easily. A high heart rate is a GIVE IN to dehydration, which is why, while laying in bed, anxious about your heart rate, a bit dehydrated from a the few glasses of wine or beer you had with your fellas or family you experience that rapid agitated discomforting beat, beat, beat! Almost all 'hang-over' symptoms are caused by a night of bad sleep with dehydration after alcohol, (vomiting, dizzy, light head, sensitivity to light and sound, feeling extremely cold or extremely hot) and although I know I am young I have found drinking (even while quite a bit drunk) a nice bottle of Gatorade or several glasses of water right before I hit the bed dramatically reduces these symptoms of racing heart and hang-over of nights when I have forgotten to do this.
My resting heart rate is an EXTREMELY LOW 38-55 (varies from mid 30's to high 60s from person to person) and I have awoken with it going 120, 130, even 150 BPM after a night of drinking! What do I do? I curse myself, I stumble out of bed and find something to drink. If you are panicked, try to get some fresh air , or submit yourself to a cooler environment for a couple minutes (no cigarettes) while having a glass of water or Gatorade. It does wonders for your heart rate I promise. Take deep breaths and control your breathing since it something you CAN control. Your breathing is directly linked to your heart rate, so getting your breathing down will indeed lower your heart rate. Do not continuously have your hand glued over your chest or try to stop your breathing to listen to your heart rate, it will only cause anxiety about the underlying issue here and make your heart go faster/disrupt your breathing. Instead, have a nice thought in your head, anything. For me, it is a girl I met, a friend I find funny, an exam I did good on, a family member who I have not got to see. It may sound silly, but putting yourself in a good mood will stop you from being annoyed with the HR and lower at least any part brought on by anxiety. Convince yourself now, right now that this is not something that will kill you or is unhealthy. It happens to you and almost everyone who drinks, the symptoms are magnified in different ways and therefore you are just a bit on the low tolerance side with me and the rest of us here in this thread. After having a drink of water, getting some air and some physical interaction (standing up, going to a new room to sit down upright) you will feel tons better. If not, do not give up, keep trying. It isn't going to feel better instantly, but over a little bit of time it will subside completely.
Things to prevent this:
As I said, hydrate yourself as much as you can before you go to bed.
Do not EAT (ESPECIALLY OVER EATING) before you go to bed after drinking. This will almost always bring on a rise in heart rate.
Have a positive outlook starting now about this whole thing so you will not be so anxious about it when it happens.
Convince yourself that your heart knows better then you, and believe it.
Do not let this hold you back from drinking socially to your liking (as long as in healthy standards and does not disrupt your relationship with your family, friends, or yourself for that matter, if drinking is an underlying problem for you then perhaps it is for the best, no?), because drinking is one of the very few pleasurable and although not physically healthy, sometimes (completely my own opinion) healthy to our minds and emotions. It can help cope in moderation, and it can also bring out and liven an already good feeling.
This was typed all at 6 AM by me, a college student who was at a full blown Halloween-Eve party last night! I drank maybe 10 or so drinks worth of alcohol. I woke up with my HR accelerated and went through my routine of getting it down (works like a charm) but I was surfing the internet a little bit later and I google'd this topic to come upon this thread. I at one time was scared senseless of this too, but It can easily be combated. I wrote this entirely for you to feel well and better about it, and gave you some insight on how I and many of my piers in college, as well as father for those of you who think age is apparent here, (also with the same issue) can make this nightmare easily fixable.
Try it out, feel better, and don't be alarmed. It is going to happen whether you pace around miserably or not, so why not lower it the easy way? Happy Halloween!
ie had palpatations in the past but told this was normal because im still growing which is a load of s**t in my opinion.
I also read its because of a chemical in most alcohol called tyramine that causes the increased heart rate, and this appens when i eat sometimes and that chemical is in som foods...coinicidence? i dont think so. Good to know im not alone but my cousin died from a faulty heart this year so im scared but my doctor doesnt seem to care
I can't recommend anything to combat the effects of alcohol, HOWEVER I've found that exercise can help. I've just got a job helping out at my local garage, and although at first it felt like it was going to KILL ME what with all the exertion, I'm finding now that I feel better throughout the day. My heart rate seems steadier, and I feel healthier, although I don't think this is a fix for my problems.
I don't think there is a magic answer to stop this happening when drinking, but I'd go with the idea that it's some sort of chemical reaction.
Understand that I'm 17 so let's hope that this isn't dangerous, or I'll die before I've lived.
I sometimes get chest pains, and I've had what I would call "heart spasms" in the past - always after exercise, my heart rate will rocket to what feels like dangerous levels, probably about 200bpm+.
However having said all this I just wanted to post that I've been working in a garage the past few weeks, doing quite physical work, and I feel better for it. I don't think this is a solution to my problem but lately things have been better for me.
I will give 10 points to the person who comes up with a magic answer for this! I need to drink, I WANT to drink, because it helps me escape from time to time.
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Fast Heart Rate After Drinking Alcohol
Wow, this is great! I have had to avoid alcohol in any form for several years. If I have ANY alcohol, even in a dessert if the alcohol isn't cooked off, I have three nights of heart pounding and very disturbing feelings. I call it nighttime weirdness, for lack of a better explanation. Sometimes I wonder if I am going to actually live until morning, which probably sounds a bit melodramatic unless you have actually experienced one or more of these nights. It is like adrenaline is being injected at random moments, like someone jumped out of a closet and scared the snot out of you, again and again. I am not given to panic attacks. I do have atrial fibrillation problems, but the 30 day holter monitor showed that these nighttime alcohol reactions are not AFib. I have had an electrocardiogram and ultrasound, and everything looks good. It just seems to be some reaction to alcohol. If anyone knows how to stop it, please let us all know, because I do miss my occasional margarita and a glass of fine wine.