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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #450 on: April 15, 2014, 08:45:02 AM »
Lately I've been noticing that my heart has been skipping beats.  I don't really feel it in my chest so much as when I take my pulse.   I don't know if I'm worrying myself into ectopic beats or if there's really something wrong with me.  I've been to a cardio and he seems to think there's nothing wrong, but i'm almost always on the verge of tears thinking about this. My grandmother, whom I was very close to passed away in February and everyone is telling me that stress brought these on and I supposed they could be right, but I'm so scared of having a heart attack that I'm pretty constantly in a state of near anxiety attack. I don't know what to do.  I have another appointment with my cardiologist on April 29th for an Echo and a Holter but I'm not sure I can wait until then because I'm freaking out. I don't think I have chest pain, but then I think about it and convince myself I do.  I don't think I'm having trouble breathing til I think about it.  I'm a mess.  I was prescribed xanax but I really want to deal with my anxiety without drugs.  I think mostly I need people to talk to who don't think I'm nuts and that there's nothing wrong with me, because even though These PVCs/PACs may not be dangerous, they're certainly ruining my life. :(
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #451 on: April 21, 2014, 02:44:52 AM »
I was always told by nurses that I had an "ideal" blood pressure. Lately however, every doc visit it has fluctuated. One visit it was 130/80! High for me cause I usually have 100-110/60-70. Then the last time I went in, it was 80/60. Uhh, where is my heart going these days? Has me a little worried...

My parents have various heart trouble/blood sugar/cholesterol issues, but I figure that's normal for people in their 50's and not indicative of familial heart issues... I dunno. 
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #452 on: April 22, 2014, 07:16:03 AM »
I get palps plenty of times a day to the point there's no point counting them, have been told they are "normal" yeh right.....Anyway I have another holter monitor test this week, have had an echocardiogram done in December which came up normal, used to play a lot of sport and miss it but just can't bring myself to do anything now, especially since I had a panic attack when getting back in to the gym last week which has convinced me I have a heart issue :/ it's just so draining. I seem to have a bit more control when I get some tachycardia but when It's coupled with a full blown panic attack I can't really deal with it, then all the other symptoms ramp up too. I know deep down it's my anxiety and panic disorder but I keep telling myself it's a heart problem, even though to date nothing has been found at all re: Heart health besides my cholesterol been a little up at times (I'm 28)

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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #453 on: April 24, 2014, 01:41:35 PM »
Today I went to the doctor for excruciating facial pain. The doc immediately wanted to do an ECG. She did two, and then Said that she was giving me an emergency referral to the hospital. So I went to hospital ER, had another ECG, a tnc blood test and waited three hours for the doc to examine me. Turns out I was fine, but first doc's machine malfunctioned and gave a false alarm.
All's well that ends well. Still have facial pain, though :laugh3:
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #454 on: April 26, 2014, 11:06:42 PM »
Today I went to the doctor for excruciating facial pain. The doc immediately wanted to do an ECG. She did two, and then Said that she was giving me an emergency referral to the hospital. So I went to hospital ER, had another ECG, a tnc blood test and waited three hours for the doc to examine me. Turns out I was fine, but first doc's machine malfunctioned and gave a false alarm.
All's well that ends well. Still have facial pain, though :laugh3:

Haha good to see a funny story here :) I wouldn't be as worried about my palsand all that if I wasn't feeling so damn fatigued and feeling like I need to get a deep breath in, may have something to do with the Benzos but even walking is a chore at the moment, it's so unnerving. Heart has checked out fine but yet still feel like something is wrong with it, blergh this just sucks but at least I know I'm far from alone on this, glad I found this site :)
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #455 on: May 01, 2014, 04:59:04 PM »
I have this issue fersure. I tend to worry about my heart and the rate it's beating almost 24/7. I'm in a constant state of worry about panic about it. And it's gotten to the point where I'm afraid to do any physical activity. I haven't been to a doctor yet. But, I've been trying to get myself to go. Everything is harder when you are worrying all the time. And have agoraphobic tendencies.
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #456 on: May 23, 2014, 09:53:52 AM »
I've been having palpitations on and off for many years.  Just recently, I've seemed to notice them more frequently so I went to see a cardiologist.  They did an EKG which came back normal and my blood pressure was 110/73 which was shocking to me.  I felt like it was super high while I was there. 

He listened to my heart beating and said he heard two palpitations which I could not feel.  That makes me wonder how many I'm really having that I don't feel. 

He said I'm having PVC's or PAC's which are very common and nothing to worry about. 

I go in two weeks for an echo stress test and full blood work.  I just wore a Holter monitor for 24 hours, too.

Even though I believe what he was saying, I'm still so scared.  I feel okay while I'm sitting or laying down but

when I get up to simply walk across the room, I feel a bubbly sensation in my upper abdomen (heart area) and feel very anxious and jittery.  Why????  I don't understand it. 

I, too, am afraid to do any sort of exercise.  I'm afraid that this feeling will start up again and not stop or a palpitation will start and not stop.  I'm hoping if all of my tests come back normal, that might be enough to convince me but as of right now.....I'm so anxious and nervous about all of these feelings.
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #457 on: May 25, 2014, 02:15:43 PM »
Does anyone know the name of the book they were discussing in the beginning of this thread?
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #458 on: June 04, 2014, 12:11:23 PM »
Hello all  :action-smiley-065:

Previously emetophobe here (still am a bit if get worried have eaten off food or actually feel sick) but about a year ago fear transferred to heart worries (I get ectopic beats).

After each funny beat I go into a spiral of panic; dizzy, can't breath, falling sensations, constantly taking my own pulse.

I'm doing it now; I'm at work and had one funny beat at about 11am...been wracked by anxiety ever since!! Can't catch my breath.

Had all the holters, echos, ETT etc etc....showed up nothing.

Grrrrr  >:(
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Re: Heart worriers/Cardiophobic Roll Call
« Reply #459 on: June 04, 2014, 12:13:12 PM »
used to play a lot of sport and miss it but just can't bring myself to do anything now, especially since I had a panic attack when getting back in to the gym last week which has convinced me I have a heart issue :/

I SO identify with this. I'm exactly the same. Had ONE funny turn on a run after stopping suddenly and now too scared to go running.  :traurig001:
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