Background: I have a Mitral Valve Prolapse. My resting heart
rate is usually between 100-110. I suffer from palpitations and a racing pulse every now and then which has often led to anxiety attacks. My heart rate has gone up to about 215 during cardiovascular exercise.
Question: Alcohol consumption usually causes my heart rate to rise uncomfortably the next day.
A few weeks ago, after a night of heavy drinking, my heart rate became more than uncomfortably high.
I felt a sudden tightness in my chest, my heart started to pound, I became very cold and clammy and I started to lose focus.
I checked my heart rate immediately and it was 160.
It took about 2 hours for it to come back down to 120 and that's when I felt less uncomfortable.
Is this something to worry about?
It was a very frightening experience and it's causing me a lot of anxiety because I'm worried it will happen again.
If it does for any reason happen again, what should I do?