Ask the Nurse

I find myself up during the night worried that I have heart issues. I can feel my heart beating and it seams fast at times, but I sometimes feel I am missing several beats, this worries me. I sometimes have this chocking going on, so I drink lots of water to stop that feeling. Why is this happening?

You need to visit with your physician for an exam and perhaps a stress test to evaluate your physical fitness. You may have an anxiety disorder, which can be treated.

You may be perimenopausal or menopausal, and you may have a swallowing or thyroid problem that should be evaluated if the choking sensation continues.

Globus symptoms (choking sensation) could also be muscle spasms from anxiety. Be sure to get adequate sleep, regular relaxation and do stress reducing activities.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women’s Health Nurse

December 13, 2016 at 10:28am