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Heart thump several times while sleeping. What could be this?

Last night while sleeping my heart made a thump several different times while sleeping, and woke me up every time. Didn d sleep very well. What could this be.
Asked On : Wed, 14 Mar 2012
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The thumping of the heart can be due to dehydration, anxiety or an arrhythmia. If you have any history of heart disease or high blood pressure or diabetes, please get an electrocardiogram done as soon as possible. Also please visit a physician to get a thorough evaluation done. However, if you are young and healthy, then it can be due to excessive stress and lack of fluids. Make sure you drink atleast 2-3 litres of water in a day and reduce your stress levels. Deep breathing exercises and yoga will help reduce stress.
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