• 5 months ago

    Heart problem or anxiety!?

    Hi all. I’m 18 years old and always been a genuinely anxious person. I do worry a lot about my health and worry about symptoms a lot. I’m guilty for googling every symptom I feel and getting myself worked up about it. The main symptoms I get is heart palpitations, sometimes but not always, accompanied by chest pain. The sensation I get in my chest is frightening. It’s like a fierce flutter that happens randomly, I can be sat on the sofa watching telly, walking around, laying down and it also happens a lot when I bend over. I’ve been to the doctors 4/5 times explaining my symptoms. The first time I got told it was anxiety even though it can happen even when I’m at my most relaxed!? I’ve had 2 ECG’s which didn’t last long and both came back normal, just a faster resting rate than usual (90-105 beats per min usually). I just don’t get how this could determine a problem if I’m not getting the sensation while being monitored? Both times I wasn’t getting the palpitations and it frustrates me. Oh and my blood pressure is always fine. Every doctor I’ve seen always seems 100% sure that there is nothing wrong with my heart and I feel like no one listens to me. It’s going to take for me to go into cardiac arrest or something before someone pays attention. It really gets to me and affects my day to day life. Doctors say it’s anxiety that causes the symptoms, but I’m sure it’s the symptoms that cause my anxiety. If that makes sense.. does anyone have any advice? Is there a certain test I can ask for to be certain? I’m so scared of something bad happening to me and I HATE hospitals.

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  • 5 months ago

    RE: Heart problem or anxiety!?

    RE: Heart problem or anxiety!?

    ONLY a qualified doctor can determine this by going on the findings from the appropriate diagnostic tests that were peformed.



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  • 4 months ago

    RE: Heart problem or anxiety!?

    I think that it's worth going to a doctor for. I have anxiety as well and I was experiencing something similar a year ago (palpatation with exercise, dizzy, out of breath) and went to a cardiologist just to make sure that it wasn't anything serious, after using a heart monitor for a few months (this didn't happen frequently) I was able to catch it. I turns out I had an SVT which cause potentially dangerous electrical anamolies in my heart. I got an ablasion and am doing fine now but my main message is that it's important to rule out physical causes before assuming it's anxiety.
  • 4 months ago

    RE: Heart problem or anxiety!?

    Ask for a Holter monitor. It monitors your BP for 24 hrs even when you sleep. If you still can’t relax ask for an echocardiogram, that will look at your heart and how it’s working. A friend of mine drove herself to the ER and it was anxiety. Maybe if your heart is ok you need a very mild tranquilizer and some relaxation techniques. Just a suggestion. I was very anxious in my late 20’s, lousy marriage, cheater, and I talked to someone learned some relaxation techniques and took a mild tranquilizer for a short time. Should’ve thrown him out. Anyway, You’re so young. If your heart is fine enjoy your life. One day you’ll be old, like me and hopefully you’ll stay healthy. I’m only 64 and very, very sick. Save the illness for old age. Just pulling your leg a little I truly hope you’re ok. But ask for the tests maybe they’ll put your mind at ease.
  • 4 months ago

    RE: Heart problem or anxiety!?

    When I was younger, and having arrhythmia, the cardiologist were pretty dismissive also. Then there became Electrophyologists! These are cardiologist who specialize in the hearts electrical system!
    Find one of those, if you can!
    It’s the difference between an electrician and a plumber for the heart!