I am new to this site and I'm hoping that I can find some useful advice and/or reassurance. Like many people posting on here, I have cardiophobia. I am terrified of having a heart attack or going into cardiac arrest. I also made the mistake of googling symptoms and it only made matters worse. I had an EKG some time ago and it was negative. Here are the questions that I have:
1. What is the likelihood of someone in their 20s or early 30s having a heart attack (I know it's rare, but still) and how could this even happen?!? I feel like we haven't been alive long enough for our hearts to be damaged. Is it congenital or genetic?????
2. Is it possible to have a heart attack from being stressed. I've found multiple things that have given me conflicting info regarding this.
3. If I had heart issues, that could potentially result in a heart attack, would I still be able to be extremely active (I know there's the rare story about athletes dying, but that's based on genetics or abnormalities, neither of which I have)?
Please try to provide me with as much information as you can :)
(I think reading about other people's heart fears made mine worse).