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Q. What does it mean to wake up with a sudden jerk, chest tightness, and feeling deprived of oxygen?

Answered by
Dr. K. V. Anand
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 21, 2022

Hello doctor,

I am 22 years old. Recently, I have shifted to a new place for my education, and since then, I have started experiencing nightmares every night. I get up from my bed with a sudden jerk, wide-open eyes, having a tight sensation in my chest, and feeling deprived of oxygen. Why is this happening to me? Is it a symptom of a heart attack? I feel scared as people at young ages are suffering heart attacks. Is it concerning? What can I do to get rid of this?

Kindly help.

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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern and would be happy to help. The symptoms can be due to a panic attack or night terror as you have shifted to a new place. However, I suggest you get an ECG (electrocardiogram) and consult a doctor. If it is a panic attack, I suggest you take medicines and psychotherapy.

I hope this helps.

Take care.


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