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Old 02-09-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
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Anxiety or Heart Problems?


I'm a 19 year old female and for a few months now I've noticed that when I lay down on my side, my heart starts to pound and I feel short of breath. I can't tell if the heartbeat is irregular (it feels like it might be), but it feels like it's pounding out of my chest and that I can't get enough air. I have anxiety and I usually worry the most at night, so I always just thought it was anxiety. It's been worse than usual lately and it's been keeping me up at night. Last night it felt as if someone had their hand over my mouth and was pressing down on my chest. I'm starting to worry that it has to do with a problem with my heart. Should I see a doctor or is it just anxiety that I can't avoid?

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Old 02-10-2012, 02:55 AM   #2
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Re: Anxiety or Heart Problems?

Does this happen if you lie down on either side, or just one? I've found that laying on my left side specifically seems to work my heart a lot harder, making it beat harder and more irregularly (PVCs). Do you consume much in the way of caffeine or sugar, particularly within a few hours before bed?

If it is anxiety, however, don't think it's unavoidable. There's treatments, either through medication or therapy, so there's no need to accept it as an inevitability. In the mean time, the less you worry, the better. I know it's easier said than done, but just try to keep in mind that it's almost certainly nothing. It's incredibly rare for someone your age to have heart problems, and almost everyone gets noticeable palpitations at some point in their life. Chances are it's nothing.

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