Originally Posted by Rattled
That showed that only half of my heart was working.
It seems pretty ridiculous that a diagnosis wasn't made based on that test. If half your heart was working that's a serious issue that should've been taken into consideration. What did the doctor say about this?
I have had a handful of tests done and the doctor says I'm fine, but I have the same symptoms as you pretty much.
The dizziness I've had to get used to. Before standing up, you can try pumping your ankles/feet back and forth to get the blood moving. Whenever I stand up, it takes about 10 - 20 seconds for my heart to catch up. The beats will be pronounced and feel weaker until then.
If you feel too light headed - lay down. Laying down takes virtually no blood pressure to pump blood sideways. If you're sitting down, you can put your head between your legs/hunch over. If you're standing up, you can put your hands on your knees and hunch over - get your body sideways.
What is your diet/lifestyle like? I know what it's like to be overweight - I lost nearly 50 pounds recently. The easiest and most important thing you can do is drink a lot of water. I drink 2 liters a day - you may need more being a bigger guy. Water is a natural blood thinner and nearly every organ in your body will function better with proper hydration.
I would immediately stop drinking anything with caffeine in it and stay away from sugary beverages like soda and juices. And, no diet coke.
I also take cayenne pepper before each meal. It's supposed to stop a heart attack within seconds. This stuff takes my left chest/shoulder pain away within minutes of taking it. Just Google "cayenne pepper heart" to read about it's qualities. It is a stimulant so if you take it by itself, or take too much, your heart might race a little.
I bought a bag of it at the health food store (90k HU is a must) for 75 cents - lasts me over a year. I bought veg caps on amazon and make my own capsules of it. I'll fill up a capsule about 1/5th. Too much and your stomach will really burn and if it comes back up, your throat will be on fire. You can increase the amount every week if you take it daily with each meal.
You may want to consider changing your eating habits for the better. I was recently obese and lost over 50 pounds. I'm still about 20 pounds overweight but that extra 50 I had put me over the edge - I had to do something.
If you can cut out grains and refined sugars and drink a ton of water, the weight will melt off your body. I lost the majority of the weight without exercising.
I do find that becoming more active - at least walking around the house more and doing stuff, really helps the way I feel - especially my heart. I try to be more active even when I feel like laying in bed all day and it helps.
My parents thought my issues were anxiety related as well. I talked to a woman who thought hers were anxiety - she was on meds for a year. They eventually found out she had a heart murmur and fixed it - she's off the meds now.
I think anxiety is unfairly used as a "catch all" diagnosis when they can't find out what's wrong with you. If an EKG can't show it, it must
be anxiety. I think it's bologne. I have, however, heard of people who have legitimate health problems that go on anxiety medication and do feel better.
To me, this is sort of like a placebo effect. You feel better mentally and it rubs off on you physically. If you're really stressed out - any problems you have will become more pronounced. I don't think feeling having less anxiety is a bad thing but I certainly don't think that improper heart function can be caused by typical anxiety - which stems from having physical problems in the first place.
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