Re: Beta Blocker - Anxiety
I had an anxiety attack in May. My family doctor first gave me a beta blocker for the heart because the preliminary diagnosis from the ER doc was 'irregular palpitations.' Through a bit more investigative work, it turned out to be diagnosed as anxiety. I had a chest X-ray at the doctor and on the chest-X-ray, they spotted something (unrelated) - and I had a CT Scan of my chest. It turned out to be nothing (slightly enlarged sternum - just anatomy).
I needed a doctor in Omaha - and I got a referral - so I saw another doctor in Omaha. She recommended a stress test because of my family history (my dad died of a heart attack). Everything came out clean.
So, in short - it couldn't hurt to see a doctor - just for a routine physical. Bring up the heart concern and most likely, you'll get a blood test. The chest x-ray and CT scan were precautionary measures. If you really want to put your mind at ease, mention a stress test during the physical and see what your doctor says.
In the meantime, if you find your heart racing, one thing I usually try is a yoga exercise where you lay down, breath deep through your nose and breath all the way into your stomach - up through your chest and into your shoulders. Breathe in deeply for about seven seconds, wait for a few seconds (5-7 seconds) - and exhale for about eight seconds - if you can, try to exhale from the top, down to your stomach and finally, squeeze your stomach a bit.
Repeat this for about five minutes.
Hope this helps
Last edited by ms_mod; 08-23-2007 at 03:33 PM.
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