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Heart palpitations - anxiety related

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MTOP

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Hi,

I'm new to this. A little bit about me. I have had anxiety for a number of years (probably about 20) but have generally dealt with it quite successfully, albeit with periods of serious symptoms. Unfortunately, it has reared its head once more and with more force than I ever thought possible.

I have recently changed jobs and I suspect that has been a big contributing factor. A few weeks ago, after little in the way of anxiety for some time, my heart skipped a beat and I felt incredibly sick. I felt fine. I didn't feel anxious. However, over time this pattern has continued and persevered over the last month, and other anxiety symptoms have followed.

Although I have been told it is anxiety related, and I am pretty certain it is, I've never had anything like these symptoms before. My heart has never been affected in any way. Normally I feel sick to the stomach and tired and pretty dreadful. However, now my heart skips, I get nausea and feel like I am going to stop breathing. Sometimes it can skip multiple times an hour. It's happened during the night quite often. It happens more when I am resting.

I've had an ECG but I am going to the dr's once again on Friday.

I do take medication (sertraline) but I can't take propranolol (which was suggested by the dr) as my heart rate is already incredibly low.

I feel alone with these symptoms. I've come here because I simply don't know how to deal with the heart palpitations. I'm having counselling but in the meantime has anyone got any idea how I might be able to temporarily relieve the symptoms?
 
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I was just about to say propanalol it’s been a lifesaver for me. But I’m the opposite of you, with a pulse of 164. I used to be on 3x per day but like you it made my bp drop too far so now I just take one or two per day. I also have lorazepam for emergencies but am limited to 14 per month
I also take duloxitine and mirtazipine
It’s good the you’ve have an eeg so you know that everything is working fine.
 
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Thanks. It can happen multiple times within a short space of time. it's absolutely horrific as I feel helpless like something is about to happen to me. It's so bad it makes me think there is something wrong with my heart :(

I'm hoping there is medication that can help while I continue to get counselling
 
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George10111

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Having heart palpitations is scary. I've had it happen before but it doesn't always mean a heart problem. When I am very dehydrated this can happen, compound with anxiety/excitement. Drinking coffee definitely can do this to me. The other day I was talking to my mom and I felt a weird pressure in my chest and it was very painful, I can't describe it and my heart skipped a few beats and then to make matters worse it happened again ten seconds later. When I'm hydrated this never happens.
 
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