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Offline Tracy0402

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My heart felt like it stopped beating!
« on: December 20, 2008, 08:45:27 PM »
Last night had to be the worst night of my life! I was checking my pulse because i have a health anxiety....my heart was beating hard and then all of a sudden i could have sworn it stopped. My body went tingly and i panicked! I trhough for sure I was going to pass out and die. I ran in my parents room and told them that my heart stopped! they tried to tell me that if my heart stopped I would be dead. But i thought otherwise....eventually i calmed down but it happened like 7 more times before i could fall asleep! And now im kinda anxious about it today. Does anybody have this problem?
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Re: My heart felt like it stopped beating!
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2008, 08:51:56 PM »
well i have times when my heart feels like it skips some beats...kind like a flutter.....it always freaks me out but not quite as much now since i now know im not going to die from it...lol......but when it does happen, yes the fight or flight response kicks in and i have instant panic feeling.
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Re: My heart felt like it stopped beating!
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2008, 10:25:45 PM »
Well, I don't know if this will help you, but this is a very common feeling for people with health anxiety.  There's a built in pacemaker in our hearts that keep the rythm going.  Most people don't feel this happening, but those with health anxiety are much more "in tune" with their bodies and can feel the slightest change.

Relax, it's normal and it happens to us all.
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Re: My heart felt like it stopped beating!
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2008, 10:44:31 PM »
I've started checking my pulse a lot recently and noticed it happening too.  I freaked out and made my mom feel my pulse and she said it seemed normal to her.
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Re: My heart felt like it stopped beating!
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2008, 01:03:11 AM »
i have had this often and when it began i ran to the er and told them ''my heart keeps stopping''.  everything checked out ok and i have found that its all panic
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Offline Tracy0402

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Re: My heart felt like it stopped beating!
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2008, 02:26:19 AM »
Thanks guys...im having the same feeling tonight! m trying to get over it.
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Re: My heart felt like it stopped beating!
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2008, 03:12:43 AM »
Same thing happens to me too!  While it's not comforting to have your parents tell you that if your heart stopped beating you'd be dead - it is true.  It is all anxiety - though we know what it is, it doesn't stop it from happening.  I just have to tell myself that over and over - it's the anxiety talking....
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Re: My heart felt like it stopped beating!
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2008, 07:53:18 AM »
Now it is in your head and you are causing it to do this or feel like this.  It happens.  I have done it a million times with symptoms.  Our minds are the most powerful tool you have, and it can make any feeling come to life.  That is why we are all on here speaking about our HA.  You have nothing to worry about.  I hope this helps.  I have felt the same way, but in the middle of the night when I wake up.  I feel like my heart just started beating and I had been holding my breath the whole time I was sleeping.  It is scary but it is also anxiety. 
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Re: My heart felt like it stopped beating!
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2008, 05:34:47 PM »
ok i have this allll the time, now my boyfriend tells me the truth and he always says "kristy, if your heart had stopped you would be dead" then i say well what if i am dying and he says "you're not, your heart isnt made to just stop, it wouldnt do it for no reason and even if it wanted to you would be a lot worse than this"
its true.
our bodies arent made to do thisngs like that
i sit and hold my chest feeling my heartbeat to know im alive
its silly but i do.

all we can do is trust in our bodies, tests and so on.

Also the worst thing you can do is panic about it more, it will increase your heart rate and you'll worry about that!
try and calm a bit:) i know its hard. i really do.

hope you feel better soon!
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Re: My heart felt like it stopped beating!
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2008, 03:07:29 PM »
Tracy
This happens quite often in HA.  Actually Anxiety in general.  They are most likely PACs or PVCs and 99% are benign.  I never experienced these monsters until anxiety knocked on my door.  They actually say that most people have these beats...they just do not notice.  Since we are so in tune with our bodies we notice every single little hiccup. I have been officially diagnosed as having benign PACs.  I have had quite a few these past few days.  And they are scary.  I feel like my heart could stop at any time.  Which of course I pray that is not the case.  But it is my worst fear.  Try to ignore them, as hard as it is.  I am right there with you on these palpitations. :traurig001:
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Re: My heart felt like it stopped beating!
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2008, 03:27:21 PM »
That's common with anxiety.  You wouldn't be in this forum if your heart really did stop.  Try not to pay too much attention to your heart (especially if you've been tested already).  You'll just continue to feel that there's something wrong with you and your anxiety level will remain high.
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Re: My heart felt like it stopped beating!
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2009, 04:57:47 PM »
This happened to me a lot at work. I would be feeling my pulse, and all of a sudden....no heartbeat! Then my body would get some kinda of adrenaline rush, and I would freak out thinking im dead!

I got blood work, and lots of EKG's and they kept saying "ITS YOUR ANXIETY!"

My doc put me on clanopam, and it really really helps with my hypocondria.

if you want to talk to me, please send me a message! ive been there, im still there!
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Re: My heart felt like it stopped beating!
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2009, 07:03:50 PM »
This is called an extrasystole.  Most people get them but don't pay any attention to them.  This is nothing to worry about.
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Re: My heart felt like it stopped beating!
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2009, 11:35:54 PM »
hey! i've felt that before, a lot actually. you got tingly because you got scared, i also felt that. ugh it is so annoying!

its comforting to know you've all felt it too lol
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Re: My heart felt like it stopped beating!
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2009, 07:57:58 AM »
I agree with your parents. Most likely anxiety related. Try not to worry. Good luck.

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