Cardiology Q&A by Dr. Kulick

When I lie down at night with my head on my pillow I can hear my heart beating loudly in my ears. It is often so loud that I cannot get to sleep. I have borderline high blood pressure, could that be it?

Medical Author Daniel Kulick, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Medical Editor Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD


It is very common to sense your heart beat while lying in bed - rarely is it anything serious, but certainly this sensation will be aggravated if your blood pressure is high. If your blood pressure is normal, it most likely is not a cause of concern. It may also be intensified by any heightened "catecholamine" release (for example, adrenaline) state, such as caffeine consumption, anxiety, fear, etc..

Thank you for your question.

Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2006

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