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Background: I have a Mitral Valve Prolapse. My resting heart

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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?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cardiology
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

This sounds like a panic attack.

I would go in to see your doctor if it happens again.

I doubt it is life threatening

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

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