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    Old 01-29-2013, 04:30 PM   #1
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    Heart health anxiety, please help!

    From the time I was 17 I've had horrible anxiety and panic attacks. I'm 28 now. My anxiety seems to come in go in waves, and its REALLY bad right now. I'm convinced theres something wrong with my heart. I went to my dr yesterday and she upped my Effexor and gave me an EKG, said it looked good. So why am I so scared still? I have a 2 1/2 year old and I'm terried I wont be around for her. I do have some risk factors of heart trouble, but I'm working on those. Anyone else here like that? PLEASE help me! Its the chest pain from the anxiety that gets me, but even when I dont have any pain this is constantly on my mind. Someone please help.

     
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    Old 01-29-2013, 05:10 PM   #2
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    Re: Heart health anxiety, please help!

    Also my BP is good and my pulse is between 60 & 80 when I'm not having a panic attack. And when my chest hurts if I press on the spot it hurts more kind of like a sore muscle. Thanks again.

     
    Old 01-30-2013, 01:22 PM   #3
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    Re: Heart health anxiety, please help!

    Do you smoke?

     
    Old 01-31-2013, 07:03 AM   #4
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    Nope, have never smoked.

     
    Old 01-31-2013, 11:00 AM   #5
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    Re: Heart health anxiety, please help!

    The first time I had a panic attack I was 23. Try praying, walking or exercising, relaxation techniques, meditating on good things. I am now 54. It is the fear that is causing anxiety and probably your chest pains. If you saw the doctor you are fine. You are young and some of us are just more prone to anxiety. Most of the battle is in the mind.

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    Old 02-03-2013, 08:12 PM   #6
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    Re: Heart health anxiety, please help!

    Hi there Dawn, sorry to hear how you are feeling. I have had terrible heart obsessions in the past. Just letting you know it will get better.. i was convinced something was wrong or something was going to happen. Saw specialists, had tests, wore a cardiac monitor..used to take my pulse constantly when my daughter was small. I would start focusing on something that most people have- palpitations. Once i was aware of it, ti was an obsession. For me some antidepressant helped..and therapy. Its a horrid thing i know. I can't exactly remember how i stopped being so focused..wishing the same for you too.

     
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    Re: Heart health anxiety, please help!

    Hello Dawn,

    Sorry to hear about your condition but you are not alone in such a situation.

    I am also presently very worried about my heart. Previously, it was about Tetanus and before that, Rabies.

    Every time, I feel very nauseous, my heart races and I feel chest pain. At night, I am afraid to sleep as I feel I will pass away during my sleep due to heart attack with no one knowing that I'm dying. Now a days, I try relaxation techniques, listen to relaxing and soothing music and have begun a healthy diet. I never went to any therapist or doctor as I'm afraid the medicines they prescribe will do more harm than good.

    I went to the doctor a few weeks back with severe vomiting, nausea and heartburn. Doctor diagnosed my with gastric disease and gave me antacids and some tablets to reduce my stomach acid production. He assured me that my heart is perfectly fine. (No ECG/EKG was taken. He just listened to my heart beats using a stethoscope).

    Now, I'm down with throat infection and am taking antibiotics. Every time I swallow one tablet, I fear that the tablet will cause my heart to fail. But the feeling goes away after some time.

    So, try relaxing exercises, eat healthy and overall, be less stressed. I have found that I get anxiety when I'm stressed beyond a certain limit. But nowadays, I can feel the onset of symptoms and thereby effectively control it using breathing techniques, a relaxing walk (In office, I get up from my seat and walk to various departments meet a few colleagues etc)

    So, don't feel down, cheer up. For any help, every one here on the forum is available.

    Cheers and get well soon.
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