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I’m 28 years old. I’ve been having severe anxiety since I was 15 years old. Especially health anxiety. It’s gone away for the past 5 years. But it’s back. And back with a vengeance. I’m constantly worried I’m going to have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest. I’ve been calling the ambulance on myself every other week. Convinced in having a heart attack. Yesterday I panicked for 12 hours before finally falling asleep. I’m constantly checking my blood pressure, my pulse, touching my chest. I have an appointment with a cardiologist on the 8th. I have a t wave inversion. I found that out in the emergency room last year. But even after seeing a cardiologist about it I was sent home with no worries. Been to the hospital twice last month by ambulance and sent home within hours. Please anyone help me. I’m afraid as I type. Anyone have any relatable stories ?!??!?!
 
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Hey. I work in medicine and be careful of being obsessed with putting names to possible medical conditions. Many of the contractions, lengthening and inversions of the ECG profile are temporary and caused by many benign issues.

Anxiety itself can cause tachycardia and even bradycardia afterwards. I am on propranolol by my psychiatrist for that very reason.

Depending on your family history and any other diagnosed issues, I would first go for a general medical, which the cardiologist will do on the 8th. Supposing there are no medical issues, your next step must be a psychiatrist.

Many psychiatric conditions can manifest in physical ways. If you can get an appointment with A Psychiatrist before the 8th, even better. Remember, most of them first specialise in internal medicine before taking up psychiatry. The reason for this is that it is part of their job to exclude organic causes before moving on to psychiatric differential diagnoses.

Good luck and keep in touch on here. Many friendly people that you can discuss anything with on here.
 
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I see a psychiatrist. Have been for 10 years. I’m on 20 mg of lexapro twice. Day. 10 mg of buspar three times a day. And 1 mg ok klonopin twice. Day. I’m afraid right now. I’m scared I’m having heart attack.
 
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Do you know where to find your pulse. If so, how many beats do you count in 60 seconds while lying down on bed. Try and breath as deeply and evenly as you do this. i.e, breathe in for 4 counts, hold for a count and then out for 4 counts.
 
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Hi again. What makes you think that you are having a heart attack. What symptoms are you experiencing. List these even if you do not think they are related to having a heart attack.
 
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I just came inside from calling the ambulance on myself. I had every heart attack symptom there is. The paramedics said my ekg was fine and my vitals too. No signs of any cardiac problems. It’s all anxiety. They reassured Me but I’m still in panic.
 
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I just came inside from calling the ambulance on myself. I had every heart attack symptom there is. The paramedics said my ekg was fine and my vitals too. No signs of any cardiac problems. It’s all anxiety. They reassured Me but I’m still in panic.
The paramedics were right.
You are displaying all the signs and symptoms of anxiety.
I know they can be really frightening but this only makes the anxiety
and panic worse.

Please try to do either some relaxation techniques or a distraction activity.
I know it’s hard to do this when you are in the middle of panic but you need to find
something that will help you cope.

Believe the medical profession when they tell you your heart is ok.
The tests have proved it.

Take care and I am wishing you well.
 
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They are so used to me calling They know me by name. They know I always think I’m having a heart attack. It’s embarrassing and makes me feel ashamed. I don’t want to be the one crying wolf.. but in these deep attacks , the only thing that is going through my mind is “heart attack”, “I’m about to die”, ... I become so hyper vigilant to everything going on in my head and body I cannot control myself. I feel the worse sense if impending doom. I feel I’m about to lose control. The worst kind are when I am in full blown panic and begin to dissociate from myself. It’s like a bad dream. I’m still having pains here in there in my chest, still taking my pulse.... still anxious.. but at least I’m alive. I’m trying to ground myself until my body completely loosens up and I can breathe again.
 
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I know how you feel, I too suffer from health anxiety and get dizzy spells, blurred vision, panic attacks due to my thoughts.
I don't think we are fully aware just how powerful our brains are.
Maybe next time you start to feel like this, do some deep breathing from your belly not your chest and focus on something mindfully....washing dishes, hanging out laundry, housework.
I noticed that yesterday when I was on the brink of fight or flight, I focused on the smells from the laundry and the feel of the pegs in my hands and it really helped to centre me for a moment.
 
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