Firstly, I've found this forum to be a great help these last few months, but have only now registered. I've registered because I know how much I"ve benefited/am benefiting from reading other people's experiences and I hope I may help others in the same way.
Since turning 40 (in the last 12 months), I've developed various health phobias but predominantly cardiophobia/fear of heart attack-disease. I've been to my doctor and the hospital a few times and I've recently had a battery of tests (regular EKG/stress EKG/chest x-ray/echocardiogram/blood work) and these have all come back normal. Prior to being 40, I'd never been to a doctor since being a schoolboy. I know that men can develop this overarching concern with health in their early 40s, first awareness of mortality etc. Even though I can rationalise it, I still suffer from 'the fear'. I find myself taking my pulse all the time, I've bought a home BP/heartrate monitor. I get pains in my arm and shoulder, sometimes my chest. When I go to the gym, I can't take my eyes off the HR monitor when doing cardio. I tell myself it's nothing, it's all in my head and that I'm fine, and that works (to an extent)- but it's still a nightmare.
Anyway, reading this forum has really helped. Thanks. I hope to be able to contribute something in return.