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Heart palpitations?

LukeLaLaLand

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I suffer from anxiety, and I had a period where it got much worse. I was having panic attacks. At first I thought I was going crazy. I know some people have panic attacks that last seconds, but these would last ages. I'd have a massive buildup, then I'd be hyperventilating, feeling really hot, and then the comedown could go on for hours.

Now, I haven't had a panic attack for at least two years. However, I still feel like my heartbeat is really 'heavy', and irregular. I get out of breath just out of nowhere. I'm worried that I've experienced long term damage to my heart.

Does anyone have a similar experience?
 
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I suffer from panic attacks and I haven’t quite gotten to grips with all my triggers yet, I feel like my hearts out of sync for a good while after I haven’t discussed it with my doc as I thought that was just part of what panic attacks are. I would maybe see a Gp and get checked over put your mind at ease x
 
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I suffer from panic attacks and eventually got diagnosed w/a tachycardia (irregular heartbeat) after explaining similar experiences you described.

While I have a family history of heart problems (and my doc wisely explaining my anxiety only hastened the onset), i do hope your heart is still just feeling residual pings of anxiety rather than a full blown issue, but trust me, the tests are nothing scary if you bring it up to the doc!

Most cases its a simple blood pressure and heart rate test they do, like when you go for a usual checkup, but they may ask to check other levels such as hormones or blood sugar, but its nothing scary to check :) :goodluck:
 
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I agree with the other posts. Put your mind at rest and get it checked out. I have a very high pulse rate resting at 125 and standing 160 . I had an ecg and everything was ok just down to anxiety. I was put on betablockers to lower it which has helped immensely
 
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I too have suffered bad with heart palpitations.
Anxiety can cause strong pulse, irregular pulse and fast pulse.
Always worth getting checked out but 99 percent of the time is harmless.
When you read on the internet what is a normal pulse... ignore it, it’s what’s normal for a person... if you can carry on day to day activities and are not fainting, chest pain, dizzy then it’s usually always benign... that’s not to say you can’t get those symptoms as well and be benign... as we all know they are symptoms of panic and anxiety as well.
 
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I do suffer from severe panic attacks and they can be so irregular. I often have pulses of pain in my chest which is debilitating, i got checked out at cardiology and they say my heart is fine so it is the anxiety that does inflict the chest pains.Medication for anxiety has helped in my case :)
 
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I do suffer from severe panic attacks and they can be so irregular. I often have pulses of pain in my chest which is debilitating, i got checked out at cardiology and they say my heart is fine so it is the anxiety that does inflict the chest pains.Medication for anxiety has helped in my case :)
Skipped heartbeats by far has been my most debilitating symptom...
I can learn to accept the strong heartbeat or the fast heart but the skips are something that still fill me with sheer dread.
Skipped beats are so normal yet we are so hyper- sensitised that we feel them all... I always wonder how something so normal can feel the absolute opposite.
I too have been checked out and told benign but still I look out for them all day everyday and when I experience them they cause my most anxiety.
 
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Hi Prohypochondriac. Yes i also have skipped heart beats and one caused me to black out while in Tesco's supermarket. It does scare me like it does you because you never know when it will happen :eek:
 
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Hi Prohypochondriac. Yes i also have skipped heart beats and one caused me to black out while in Tesco's supermarket. It does scare me like it does you because you never know when it will happen :eek:
That’s exactly it... because we never know when they are coming we are constantly on edge looking for them. Thankfully they have never caused anything more than anxiety and terror when experiencing them but they do make me feel like you are going to die
 
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