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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #440 on: January 14, 2014, 12:11:55 AM »
I am a 23 year old male, with a recent history of panic attacks and GAD. I have been on medications for the past few months which have prevented any panic attacks from occurring, but much of my anxiety is about my heart. I am always worried that it is not functioning properly or something is abnormal. I do get occasional PVC's and used to get them everyday, but now I maybe get one a day or less due to supplementation with magnesium glycinate. Nevertheless, I had a 2 week ECG monitor and nothing abnormal showed up, besides a few extra beats. I have been told by my cardiologist that I am perfectly fine and have nothing to worry about, but there are times when I just can't shake my cardiophobia. I used to take my pulse all day every day, and I recently have been cutting it down to only a couple of times a day or less. I realize that being hyper-vigilant with my pulse is only driving my cardiophobia worse. If it's one thing and it goes away, it's another thing that replaces it and takes the reins of my focus. Now, I feel like my pulse is erratic or irregular when I take it, but at the same time I don't think there's much wrong with it....I just don't know what to think sometimes.

Medications certainly help me, but I need to actively change my behaviors because that's the only way I will shake this phobia.
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #441 on: January 19, 2014, 11:27:51 PM »
Hi everyone, I just joined the site tonight. I'll be honest, it was a relief to see that there is a group that is dedicated to this fear, because it is my current obsession.

My Dad died 11 years ago today of a massive heart attack. He drank, smoked, and ate horribly. He was 48. Only in the past few months has this anxiety really turned into a major issue. I'm 33, I'll be 34 this year. I'm severely overweight, I eat bad, and I don't exercise. I've tried everything to lose weight, to no avail. My husband is also overweight.

Last year I was on a diet and lost 15 pounds in the first 3 months. I was doing so great and then I fell off the wagon and I still haven't gotten back on. I know that if I were to eat healthier that would really take the anxiety off of my heart fears.

My plan is to start slowly, but get back on the same plan that I was on when I lost the weight the first time. Usually when I'm on a plan it gives me something to do and the anxiety slowly starts easing up.
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #442 on: January 24, 2014, 12:57:42 AM »
I never worried about my heart at all till about a month ago, I have always had anxiety but now I been having back and chest pains and arm pain, Ekg and blood work all good but they put me on Klon's and beta blockers and it has helped some but just always back,chest and arm pain. The Doc thinks panic attacks but this is 4 or 5 times a day sometimes as long as 3 to 5 hours. then goes away. I feel pain for you guys I really do and best of luck.
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #443 on: February 14, 2014, 08:47:07 AM »
Gosh, I love this website.  I really, really wish I didn't have reason to love it though!  But, I find it just such a comfort/support to know that I am not alone.

I"m 40, male.  Always been in good health.    I hadn't been to a doctor from early teens (usual kid stuff: chicken pox, overly concerned mother!) until turning 40.    Since turning 40, I've been going through (what I suspect) is stereotypical male 40+ health anxiety.  A major way it's manifesting itself is through cardiophobia (well, I'm 90% sure that's what it is - but I have my moments when I doubt it - I'm sure you know what I mean). 

Anyway, I went through whole days of chest sensations, palpatations, left arm weirdness, bouts of perspiration, shortness of breath, feelings of doom etc etc. All classic heart attack symptoms.  I've driven myself to the hospital, only to turn away at the last moment.  An added element here is that I'm British but I live and work in SE Asia.  Being a Brit, I'm used to turning up at a hospital and paying nothing (thanks the UK"s National Health Service). Here, though, I have to cover my own medical bills.  Although I"m covered with private and company medical insurance, it still feels weird using it and slightly scares me. I"m just not used to worrying about medical bills (I think this actually adds to my anxiety/phobia)   

Finally, after a lousy weekend suffering last November, I decided to go to the doctor.  EKG/blood test/chest x-ray done: nothing.  Ultrasound: nothing. EKG/stress test: nothing.   For a while after this, I felt a lot, lot better.   

I hadn't been exercising for some months because of this and I"ve finally got back to the gym.  It's two steps forward, one step back stuff:  any pain I feel at the gym freaks me out, even though I know from past hiatuses from the gym that your body does feel different exercising after a break of even a few weeks.     Still, I"m going to the gym most days though I admit, I carry aspirin with me all the time (as I do everywhere, to be honest).

As I said, I'm almost certain that I"m fine.   I"ve been checked out fine.  I'm sure that, if I did have what I fear I may have,  I'd have dropped down by now.  Still, it's a daily struggle (as I know you all know).  I must say that I find this forum and the posters here to be an immense source of support and of strength.  Just reading the posts here makes me feel calmer and more rational.   

Good luck all.
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #444 on: February 21, 2014, 10:03:14 PM »
Hi everyone! I'm new here! I too am a heart worrier. Recently, I've noticed that my ankles are swollen. Of course, my first thought was blood clot. I have these lumps on my ankles, which are tender to the touch. I have injured one of the ankles before so that could also be a cause, but of course I'm only focused on the worst possible outcome. I've been icing them and it has helped a little bit, but the swelling never completely goes away and it's always back in the morning when I get up. I'm not in pain unless I'm walking, but sometimes even when im walking I don't have pain. I did go to the doctor and he said that it could be a possible injury especially because I have flat feet and I'm on my feet all day. I'm just having trouble believing this. I've never had swollen ankles before and I'm afraid it's a sign of my heart failing. Has anyone else had this problem? I don't know what to do.
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #445 on: March 06, 2014, 07:24:17 AM »
So.... As anticipated, after getting over the brain tumour fear after having an MRI to confirm there was nothing wrong with my brain, I am now worried about my heart. I knew that this was going to happen and I really hoped it wouldn't as I went through a terrible few months over Christmas with this brain tumour fear.. not being able to eat, not wanting to be alone, missing work, missing out on work parties and meals etc etc.

So i'm a secretary for a Cardiologist and only started this job in November last year. Before I worked in Gastro so nothing too major. Now day in day out I am writing about heart disease, heart attacks, cardiac arrest etc etc... My anxiety all really started to progressively get worse last year when I found out an old friend and ex boyfriend of mine ran the marathon and had a heart attack aged only 27 and passed away. This really shocked me, especially given his age. I then developed the brain tumour fear after getting awful headaches.... so now that's been resolved kind of (sinus issues although my headaches are on top and not at the back of my head, so that's also a weird one) I have now moved to my heart.
I have always suffered with palpitations but now more so. My heart will feel fine and then suddenly it beats really hard and slow and I can feel this when I check my pulse. I have been trying to put it down to anxiety but then a few weeks ago I felt a pain behind my sternum. This then moved to sharp pains on the left and right side, almost like when you get a trapped nerve and you breath in and it hurts but goes away.. however this doesn't hurt as bad as that and it seems to be there all day. I was recently on Amitriptyline for headaches but now I think it's sinus related I decided to stop as I heard they can effect heart rhythm and I am worried it's causing the palps.
Anyway, my pain in the chest area is nothing bad but sharp twinges here and there in random places and also my left arm really aches. It hurts under my left shoulder blader and around collar bone. I also get an aching right arm. I don't really work out, only the occasional home work out but nothing I think would have caused this. I saw the GP and didn't really mention the chest pain as it wasn't as bad last week and had ECG which was fine but I had no palps at the time.. typical!
Now today I have such a heavy sore arm that hurts when I lift and then occasional niggling pains around chest area. I am hoping i've pulled a muscle in my arm as that is hurting the most and if I hold it up it is really sore.

As I said I work in cardiology so typing about this stuff all day is just making things so much worse. It's my job though.. what can I do?! My other half is going away at the weekend and he's the only one I really feel safe and happy around so I am dreading this weekend.

Can anyone offer some advice? Sorry for the long post but I'm at work and don't know how to take my mind off this ridiculous anxiety.

I used to be normal!!
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #446 on: March 14, 2014, 03:54:56 PM »
Hi everyone :)
I will admit, I am a heart worrier :(
Especially if I have any kind of chest pain
I am constantly checking my heart rate, because it seems my heart is always racing which makes it worse!
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #447 on: March 28, 2014, 08:34:20 PM »
I've had heart worries lately. Starting around early February I started getting non-stop heart palpitations. I could feel my heart beating every moment of the day and it never let up. It scared me like hell at first but after a week or two I decided it wasn't a heart attack waiting to happen. There's no pain, no real discomfort, just my heart beating. Sometimes it thumps loudly, sometimes I swear it's beating differently, but nothing ever happens.

I used to have trouble breathing but I quickly learned it was gas, from my also recently acquired intestinal issues, that gets stuck in my chest or throat. It rarely happens now though.

I get stabbing pains in my abdomen area and the right side of my chest. It's random and short, maybe 2 seconds maximum. Yesterday I had it so bad I had to get out of bed and stop listening to music because it happened several times in a row and it hurt.

Alas one week after the palpitations started, which was a little over a month ago now, I went to the ER to get a EKG. I had a random attack at 8 PM and felt like I couldn't breathe and my heart was out of control. When I went to the ER I was fine and the EKG came back normal. So no heart issues? I had been under the worse stress in my life that week, and I assumed my hart beating was anxiety that wouldn't stop.
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #448 on: April 08, 2014, 09:06:40 PM »
Ahh, my people!

I've had mild, nagging cardiac fears since I was sixteen, which is when I had my first panic attack. However, it wasn't a very severe or constant thing until about two years ago when I had a PVC while exercising. I had never had them while working out previously and was absolutely convinced it was a sign that my heart was about to stop. As a result, I had a MASSIVE (and I mean, massive) panic attack that led to me going to ER. That led to me getting a very thorough workup that included a 24-hour Holter, a stress test and an echocardiogram. All of them came back clean with a confirmation that, yes, I get PVC's but my heart is structurally normal and I'm fine.

As you all well understanding hearing that. . .didn't reassure me at all. Since then I've been on edge about the state of my heart, and a constant conviction that it's going to give out on me. I recently started running again, and I have a ridiculous amount of anxiety around it. I keep running, and I still haven't dropped dead yet, but I'm still terrified of developing a fatal arrhythmia. It's amazing how persistent this fear is, even in the face of clean bills of health and evidence supporting that.
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #449 on: April 13, 2014, 07:42:28 PM »
I'm a 23 year old male that has been worrying for almost a year now.
My first episode I drank an energy drink while studying in college. Later that night in bed my heart was pounding and my left arm was numb. I broke out into a cold sweat and called 911. The doc at the ER said I was fine.
Fast forward 2 months, my father passed away from a heart attack. I grieved but then 4 months later after a stressful day of interning I got all of my symptoms back from that energy drink night. Hours passed but thinking of my father I went to the ER again with EKGs, x-ray, and blood tests coming back fine. I later went to a cardiologist for an echocardiogram and stress test which came back fine as well.

Now it has been 8 months since then and I can't say I'm "normal." I have so many symptoms that come and go including episodes of lightheadedness, left shoulder sore, veins in arm hurt, palpitations, rib pain on the left side of chest under my arm. These symptoms are random and aren't triggered by anything including exercise. Some of them are very bothersome since they are symptoms of heart attacks.

I want my old life back.
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