Trying to sleep and gasping for breath.

Patient

Q: For two years I have had Heart palpitations during the day (usually PAC's or PVC's) and they are uncomfortable but my cardiologist assured me they are benign. But over the last two months I have been having a new and strange type of heart palpitation that only occurs when I' am lying down and trying to sleep. It doesn't matter what position I' am in side or back, when I become very relaxed I will get a sensation of A-fib followed by a pause in my heart rhythm and my heart won't start beating again until I take a gasping deep breath. It's very frightening and usually will continue every ten-fifteen minutes for about two hours. This has happen a few times over the last two months. My question is what kind of heart palpitation is this and is it possible that all this could be caused sleep apnea.

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