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Old 01-13-2018, 03:27 AM   #1
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Default anxiety over having a heart attack

I've had this for several years now
where my anxiety has got really bad, and I have really bad physical pain, so I check in to the hospital and say.. I think i'm having a heart attack

they do all these tests, tell me my heart is fine, and say it's just my level of anxiety

few days later, it repeats.. I go back in, complain of a heart attack, only to waste their time because my heart is fine

it's natural. you get bad anxiety, you're gonna have physical stomach pain.

but I need to stop this heart attack crap.. it's not only wasting their time, but it's not really helping me either- I know my heart's fine, so why bother telling them it isn't and have all these tests
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Default Re: anxiety over having a heart attack

I have similar anxiety about heart attacks. I sometimes get chest pressure which I think is caused by anxiety but I worry when it happens.

I think part of this, for me, is my stepdad died of a heart attack at age 56. I am 59 and I know I don't have his genetic risk factors but I still worry.

Sometimes I wish I had an ekg machine at home so I could see I am okay when these episodes occur.

I have xanax for anxiety but it only makes me sleepy and I still feel anxious.
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Default Re: anxiety over having a heart attack

I had some of those. There was one where I even convinced the ER doc that I was indeed having one.

But I'd rather go and be wrong than stay home and be right...
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I can relate to this. I get bad chest pain with anxiety. I've never gone in though, but my doc did 2 EKGs to make sure things were good.
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Default Re: anxiety over having a heart attack

Same experience. It happened more than a year ago. I swore there's a brown spot at my chest where my heart is suppose to be after my panic attack.

Maybe its there before and didn't notice.
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Old 01-15-2018, 03:57 PM   #6
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Hope you're feeling better now. I have what I presume would be called cardiac arrhythmia. And I also experience what feels like shortness of breath, from time-to-time. (I'm not actually short of breath. But it feels like I am.) I haven't sought medical treatment for any of it though. I'm kind-of doctor avoidant...
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I have similar anxiety about heart attacks. I sometimes get chest pressure which I think is caused by anxiety but I worry when it happens.

I think part of this, for me, is my stepdad died of a heart attack at age 56. I am 59 and I know I don't have his genetic risk factors but I still worry.

Sometimes I wish I had an ekg machine at home so I could see I am okay when these episodes occur.

I have xanax for anxiety but it only makes me sleepy and I still feel anxious.
Yoda - my cardiologist recommended I buy a gadget called AliveCor. It attaches to your iPhone & works with an app called Kardia. It gives you an instant EKG & you can email the report to your doctor if itís not normal & you are worried. Itís very reassuring & will save you trips to the emergency room!
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I have similar anxiety about heart attacks. I sometimes get chest pressure which I think is caused by anxiety but I worry when it happens.

I think part of this, for me, is my stepdad died of a heart attack at age 56. I am 59 and I know I don't have his genetic risk factors but I still worry.

Sometimes I wish I had an ekg machine at home so I could see I am okay when these episodes occur.

I have xanax for anxiety but it only makes me sleepy and I still feel anxious.


I am sorry about your step-dad.

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I get this all the time one thing that helped me was to go for a run and get my heart pumping to overcome the anxiety.
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I get this all the time one thing that helped me was to go for a run and get my heart pumping to overcome the anxiety.


thanks.

but then wouldn't you worry more because of the fast pumping?
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