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    August 8, 2014 6:52:11 AM PDT

    I have copd.  in the middle of the night I wake up because my heart rate has gone up to 103 to 130.  I am sleeping, breathing with my oxegen on, no excertion on my part.  Why would my heart rate go up like that? 

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    August 8, 2014 9:23:34 AM PDT

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    This post was edited by DrSocial Admin at April 26, 2015 3:51:24 AM PDT
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    August 8, 2014 10:39:37 AM PDT

    Dear S,

    Thank you for your question.

    Did you stop breathing? If that happens due to obstructive sleep apnea, one becomes low in oxygen and the heart will beat faster to try and get more blood to the heart & body.

    What I mean, is that if a person stops breathing or their oxygen decreases ➡️ there is less oxygen in the blood, so more blood is needed to give oxygen, this happens by sending blood faster. That is possible that other causes could contribute to this.

    Please see Comments and suggestions are welcome.

    1. Please help me better understand your situation so I can put apply human pathophysiology to your particular situation. How did you identify that your heart rate went up?

    2. Has this ever happened before? 

    3. Do you sleep with a pulse oximeter? How do you know that your heart rate went up? 

    4. Have you ever had an overnight sleep test?

    5. Did you wake up choking ? 

    The following information is from UPToDate

    INTRODUCTION — The natural history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) includes gradually worsening shortness of breath and functional limitation, caused by a progressive decline in lung function and the development of co-morbid illnesses [1].

    Multifocal atrial tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, and ventricular arrhythmias are common co-morbidities among patients with COPD [2].

    Do you take the medicine, theophylline?

    This post was edited by DrSocial Admin at April 26, 2015 3:52:04 AM PDT
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    April 26, 2015 4:13:51 AM PDT

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