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Re: Worried About Heart!
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2013, 09:57:03 AM »
Just got back from the doctor on Monday (he's a well respected and in-demand physician with a psych background). He checked everything on me and is going to give me a stress test (heart monitoring during light exercise) next month ONLY because it'll help put my mind at ease. He said that if I've had two normal EKGs, there should be nothing to worry about because those pick things up very well (I had one done through a specialty company and one done through a hospital emergency visit). He sees no need for anything else, as my health indicates that I have a healthy heart and am just experiencing high levels of cortisol (stress hormone) in the mornings. He prescribed me on Metropolol (a beta blocker which my Dad also takes) to help calm down my heart rate down and said to only take it when I need it. My blood tests were done in July and were all normal. I had a heart rate of 80 when I saw him (it went down once I got there...for me, going to the doctor calms me down because I feel like I'm "safe" with them) and my blood pressure was 127/80 (a tiny bit high but only because I was experiencing LOTS of anticipatory anxiety on the way there, I think). He said I could take the Xanax and Metropolol together if needed, just not to overdo it. He's also not worried about my becoming addicted to them (I'm not an addictive person). I brought him a list of symptoms when I came in and he said that usually when people do that, it's all anxiety (however, he still discussed them with me). He said to not keep focusing on my heart, otherwise the symptoms will show up more. The night I went to the doctor, I decided to go to a basic yoga class. My heart rate went down to 67 after it was all done with. I'm DEFINITELY going to another yoga class tonight! Yesterday, I challenged myself to not check my pulse/heart rate or touch/feel my heart beating from 7:50am (when I start work) to 5pm (when I usually leave work) and I succeeded! I did not have NEARLY as many symptoms as before. I think this is a good sign! I also had a performance to conduct last night (I'm a music teacher/choir director) and had bad, weak feeling anxiety and it all went away after we finished singing.
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Re: Worried About Heart!
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2013, 12:01:33 PM »
That's great news! Definitely stop checking your heart and do the yoga.. it's said to reduce anxiety symptoms itself by up to 40%. It also helps to train you on breathing, slowing your breath down as a counter to racy heartbeats.
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Re: Worried About Heart!
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2013, 07:48:57 PM »
Just got back from the doctor on Monday (he's a well respected and in-demand physician with a psych background). He checked everything on me and is going to give me a stress test (heart monitoring during light exercise) next month ONLY because it'll help put my mind at ease. He said that if I've had two normal EKGs, there should be nothing to worry about because those pick things up very well (I had one done through a specialty company and one done through a hospital emergency visit). He sees no need for anything else, as my health indicates that I have a healthy heart and am just experiencing high levels of cortisol (stress hormone) in the mornings. He prescribed me on Metropolol (a beta blocker which my Dad also takes) to help calm down my heart rate down and said to only take it when I need it. My blood tests were done in July and were all normal. I had a heart rate of 80 when I saw him (it went down once I got there...for me, going to the doctor calms me down because I feel like I'm "safe" with them) and my blood pressure was 127/80 (a tiny bit high but only because I was experiencing LOTS of anticipatory anxiety on the way there, I think). He said I could take the Xanax and Metropolol together if needed, just not to overdo it. He's also not worried about my becoming addicted to them (I'm not an addictive person). I brought him a list of symptoms when I came in and he said that usually when people do that, it's all anxiety (however, he still discussed them with me). He said to not keep focusing on my heart, otherwise the symptoms will show up more. The night I went to the doctor, I decided to go to a basic yoga class. My heart rate went down to 67 after it was all done with. I'm DEFINITELY going to another yoga class tonight! Yesterday, I challenged myself to not check my pulse/heart rate or touch/feel my heart beating from 7:50am (when I start work) to 5pm (when I usually leave work) and I succeeded! I did not have NEARLY as many symptoms as before. I think this is a good sign! I also had a performance to conduct last night (I'm a music teacher/choir director) and had bad, weak feeling anxiety and it all went away after we finished singing.

This sounds similar to myself. I too, check my heart rate a lot when I am anxious. I keep my finger on my neck checking my pulse and it gets to be obsessive. It's hard not for me to check it when I am anxious and feeling my  pulse. I have also had lots of EKGs and all are always normal.I just had one at the ER few wks ago. I am like you,I wonder 'what if they missed something but I know they didn't because I've had numerous tests and EKGs.it's all in our head because it's just how anxiety does the body.my heart races so fast in the doctor's office most times. I am the opposite-I get anxious in medical facilities. I have been given Metoprolol also as well as Valium as needed. I had the beta blocker some years ago and it did work as far as slowing the pulse rate down.
Glad you are doing so much better.
I kinda want a stress test to assure myself,but too nervous to get one,fearing my heart rate will go too high and scare me. I am a mess..I know.
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Re: Worried About Heart!
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2013, 11:54:39 AM »
Update: I had another EKG and chest x-Ray done. Everything was normal
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Re: Worried About Heart!
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2013, 07:51:47 AM »
I've been experiencing some guilt from all of this too. I had a few alcohol episodes where my hangover consisted of heart palpitations and tachycardia ALL day long which is when I went to the ER. I constantly worry (despite the heart tests I've had), that I've damaged my heart permanently and therefore, there's still something wrong with it.
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Re: Worried About Heart!
« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2013, 10:20:56 AM »
Nobody with anxiety should be drinking alcohol if they can't cope with the symptoms. Why? Well, drinking alcohol temporarily raises serotonin levels in a burst, then lowers them. Trying to counter the sedative affects of alcohol, while you think you're relaxing, the nervous system actually puts the body into a state of hyperactivity. Along with a drop in blood sugar and dehydration (alcohol acts as a diuretic), this can cause palpitations, dizziness, confusion, nervousness, muscle weakness, shaking and sleep deprivation. Alcohol circulates in your system for around 12 hours... yeah, been through that experience a few too many times myself. Not fun.

Good news that your heart is normal from the recent ECGs. Actually, anxiety releases chemicals in your body during palpitations to protect your heart.. no damage happening. I had the same symptoms as you at 23, and 7 years later, even after literally days of non-stop palpitations, I'm still here and OK :D

If you want to look after your heart better, eat Omega-3 in the form of fish oils. You're doing Paleo, so that should be helping, right?
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Re: Worried About Heart!
« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2013, 07:42:26 PM »
Thanks for your response, fearnot. I stopped drinking alcohol altogether (it's off the Paleo diet anyway). I can have a drink or two (not more than that) every now and then but for now, I'll just be alcohol-free. I've been taking omega-3 fish oil capsules three times a day (what's recommended on the label). Paleo is helping. I also had a stress test and that was normal.

Let's just summarize this: I've had 3 EKGs, a chest x-ray and a stress test - ALL have come up normal. I think I can relax now!

I'm exercising regularly now (I was afraid for a while for fear that my heart would act up or something), especially since I got my HR up to 180 during the stress test and I was fine (and I'm a runner and never have had any issues during a race).

The main symptoms I have are brain fog (Paleo is helping this), dry eyes (it's frigidly cold here in Chicagoland), fatigue (weather/stress), tingling and sometimes some pain in my mid-back (not sure why that happens a lot), weight loss (most likely caused by Paleo, anxiety and exercise), and heart "flops" and very minor chest pains.
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Re: Worried About Heart!
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2013, 10:11:32 AM »
Besides the anxiety symptoms that creep up, I'm sure you're perfectly healthy. So yes, you can relax now. None of your main symptoms sounds anywhere near life-threatening. In fact, I've had all of them too, and eh, the heart flops are annoying but just remember whenever they happen that they're just normal and boring really. Taking slower, deep breaths helps them clear.

Also, I get it in my neck and shoulders, so you might hold a lot of tension in your back and shoulders. I suppose there's stretches you could do to release it.

I'm eat primal, but I know that going paleo has its own side-effects too when you start from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. More brain fog, anxiety, fatigue.. but I know that soon clears too.
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Re: Worried About Heart!
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2014, 11:52:27 AM »
Thanks everyone. Just for the record, I'm 23 years old, 5'9", 150 lbs, somewhat athletic build, have a very healthy blood pressure, eat healthier than most people I know around my age, have never had any major health problems, and I exercise pretty regularly. I just got really scared when I had heart palpitations and tachycardia as my only hangover symptom on three separate occasions for 12 hours straight each. I've had all of these tests and they're normal. 2014 is going to be my first alcohol-free year.
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Re: Worried About Heart!
« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2014, 10:23:33 AM »
Hey guys,
Just an update since it's been a while. I had another ER visit (in mid-March)...this time because I woke up with heart palps/tachycardia, shortness of breath, and dizziness. They did a full check-up on me. Ruled out heart issues. Said I had a panic attack. I had NO IDEA that panic attacks could be that scary. I had taken 2 Xanax when it happened and it seemed to work (of course when I had already arrived at the hospital). The reason I had the attack is because I was terrified of flying to Washington, D.C. and with all the talk about the missing Malaysian jet, I internalized it all. HOWEVER, I STILL flew to D.C. and had an enjoyable trip there and back with NO Xanax! I'm definitely making progress on coping and identifying my triggers. Since then, I've been okay but as of last week, I've been waking up with tachycardia again. I eat the MOST heart-healthy diet you can imagine since I've been going through all of this but am still worried that I'm doing bad damage to my heart (even as a 24-year-old healthy male). Anyone have any more assurance/encouragement? I pray about this DAILY. I even cried just to get some emotion out on the way to work this morning.
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