• over 3 years ago

    Heart problems or anxiety?

    I am 35 years old. I stopped smoking in February of this year when I found out I was pregnant. I smoked for a little over 10 years. By the end of April, my pregnancy failed and I had lost so much blood I had to be hospitalized and given a D and C. Since then, I have been diagnosed with anxiety and panic disorder. I feel chest pain and I get winded much easier than I used to. I had a normal EKG and a negative chest x-ray, but I am still worried that something is wrong with my heart. I never had symptoms of anything like this before all of this happened. Has anyone else out there experienced something similar?


  • over 3 years ago

    RE: Heart problems or anxiety?


    Kudos on quitting the cigarettes. :)

    So sorry to hear about the failed pregnancy. <3

    A normal resting ECG/EKG and a negative chest X-ray ia not at all a thorough way of knowing the actual overall condtion of your heart.

    As applicable to the patient, a non-invasive echocardiogram is a very versatile imaging modality that can quickly and painlessly confim or rule out various problems/abnornalities with the structure of the heart and its valves and chambers.

    I have anxiety on a daily basis myself, diagnosed with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and anxiety can cause various symptoms and even mimic some serious symptoms leading one to think/believe that he/she has a serious medical condition or disease.

    Chest pain, with or without accompanying symtoms, has varous causes, some cardiac related, and of the different types of heart conditions, various symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic) or even be silent.

    ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Most important, communicate/interact well with your doctor(s).

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  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Heart problems or anxiety?

    I had all the symptoms of a heart attack but it wasn't. It was a panic attack/anxiety disorder. It was completely out of the blue and very frightening. They continued to occur and I was prescribed Zoloft to which I had a horrible reaction. Now I am taking Lexapro (generic) with good success, but just writing about this terrible experience brings back feelings of anxiety. A few good deep breaths helps.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Heart problems or anxiety?

    I agree with cardostartusa1. Get a workup from a good cardiologist. Personally, I think you are sufferring from anxiety and panic disorder. I'm 84 and have been on anti-anxiety meds for decades. I also suffer from Afib and have a pacemaker. I am the sole caregiver for my neurologically disabled wife who is also developing dementia. Whenever I feel chest pains, with no other symptoms, I remote monitor my pacemaker. It always is anxiety. AS for your getting winded easily, chalk that up to your smoking. Don't restart. Instead start a regimen of exercise to improve your lung capacity. It's not too late. Good luck.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Heart problems or anxiety?

    A negative EKG and chest x-ray doesn't always mean much, just an easy and routine screening process. I work in cardiac services and I would highly recommend talking to your primary about ordering a stress test, whether it is a nuclear medicine stress test or a stress echo, that is a much better way to screen for heart issues. You can't just say someone's heart is fine with only a resting EKG or chest x-ray, you need to see how well it works under when stressed.