When I workout I feel like I'm going to explode via heat rate, panic, etc. I worry that this "exercise-induced" worry/panic attack, etc. -- call it what you want -- is hurting my heart by sending through me additional (more than if I wasn't panicking & rather just normal rise in exercise heart rate) cortisol/adrenaline, etc. Is this true?
It is unreal to really love to workout, yet feel like this over the past few months. I've worked out for 25 yrs but over last several months, I get panicky before I workout, as if I'm "so not wanting to do it that I must force myself". I am 50 yo male, in very good shape & look younger body-wise -- since I eat well & workout (despite this feeling worry that I'm doing systemic damage via this very workout) daily for 30-45 mins w/ weights, cardio, walking, etc.
Please someone tell me, that this "unchecked anxiety-response" is harmless. There's an old thread from '06 on here asking this same thing but I made this new thread to update. I need validation that this panic feeling will NOT harm me, via cortisol/adrenaline coursing through my cardiovascular system, such that it'll damage the lining of my blood vessels.
Thus, setting me up for a cardio event later in life -- due to this stress/panic response to anything, I'm "impatient to get over with this thing", such as in this case "the thing" is, "the very workout I'm trying to BENEFIT my body/heart with" (I know this makes no sense to you all, but it is my WHOLE problem in a nutshell).
<edit>Other than ativan, I've no way to stop it during a workout but never did I need a drug, "to calm me during anything -- let alone a workout".
PS - Had a total cardio workup w/ blood tests, heart echo, ecg stress tests, etc. 1 yr ago. Doc says I'm fine but have a type A personality that is stressing me out. It is my risk factor for heart, along w/ my 75 yo dad's history, that he has some high bp & diabetes but he even seems calmer than I do, when I call him to ask his health.
Thanks so much.