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Just had a panic attack

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I felt like my heart was beating so low and that I was going to pass out, I've felt like this once before on easter when I had my first attack. I checked my heart rate on this phone thing I have on my samsung and it was low, I don't know if this is anxiety or just me? I'm going to the hospital in a bit.
 
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Panic attacks are the worst thing in the world. You will feel shattered now I bet? I always feel completely drained after an attack.
I hope you feel better soon x
 
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Panic attacks are the worst thing in the world. You will feel shattered now I bet? I always feel completely drained after an attack.
I hope you feel better soon x
Honestly Sara I'm scared, my heart rate was low when I checked it, I haven't felt this way since my first attack and I'm just scared that I'm going to die, I've been scared I'm going to die in my sleep and all of this combined is too much for me.
 
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Just try and relax. I know how it feels and I know it’s not easy!
You are NOT going to die, I promise you ur not. X
 
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Just try and relax. I know how it feels and I know it’s not easy!
You are NOT going to die, I promise you ur not. X
Thank you for the re-assurance, do you think I should go to the hospital? I see a cardiologist tomorrow at 8:15 am but I'm just not sure if I should go tonight or not. I don't mean to put this into your hands and make you use your judgement but should I ride it out or go to the hospital. I've just had a slow heart rate in recent days and that's what is getting me worked up.
 
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I personally would wait until ur appointment tomorrow!
What is ur heart rate right now?
 
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I would not worry about that at all.
Is this normal for you? Or is it recently lower than normal?
 
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It's not normal for me, It's been in the 50s for the past few days when I'm rested. I checked about two days ago and it was around 40 but I was extremely relaxed and I think I had just woken up before I checked it.
 
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Obviously the normal heart rate is 60-100bpm. However some people naturally run higher or lower than this.
My daughters can be anything from 100-140 and she’s been tested and they can find nothing wrong....she just has a faster heartbeat.
 
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I see, thank you for the re-assurance again, I'm going to wait until the cardiologist tomorrow because I'm sure they can run some good tests for me and make me feel at ease. It's 8:26pm here on the east coast of the USA and I think 1:26 for you guys, I hope you get some sleep if you need it. Thank you. :)
 
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Also as I suffer with health anxiety, iv been know to monitor my heart rate.
Mine generally runs between 78-84 however during episodes of simple illness and anxiety it’s gone as low as 56 and as high as 108.
What I’m trying to say is that it can be normal for it to go up and down.
Obsessing over it won’t change anything....I’m quite proud to say I can’t remember the last time I checked my pulse!
Please see how long you can go without checking it. Trust that is there’s anything else wrong you would get other symptoms, I know ur experiencing palpitations too and they can feel horrible but they don’t mean there’s something wrong.
 
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Yes it’s 1.30 am here in the uk, I’m up late as not long in from work but I feel tired now and ready for some sleep.
Please, please stop worrying. I have two daughters aged 18 & 21 and would hate to think they were frightened like you are. Do you have someone you can talk to when you feel like this? I do hope so.
Try and relax and not worry, wait and see what the cardiologist says but you really need to let them know how badly this is affecting you.
nothing is going to happen to you, you will be fine. Good night and I hope you feel calm soon x
 
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Yeah my heart felt fluttery for the past few days, I'll try and not check it. I can talk to my mom and my dad but I'll try my hardest to stay calm. Good night :)
 
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Hi buzzbuzz,

I am not sure what kind of monitor you are using but keep in mind many of them can be inaccurate by a certain %. So you might have a heart rate of 60 or 70 but your monitor isn't giving you the right numbers.

Obviously resting pulse (sitting down, laying down) should be lower. If you get up and walk around a bit it should go up some. If you want to do some simple tests like that to see if its moving at all, that may help you figure out if its even working.

It is extremely rare to have a disease that would be doing this to you that is *not* anxiety, so in all likelihood you are having a panic attack. For nearly all of us, at first we worry about much worse, and it takes time for us to convince *ourselves* that its just a panic attack which is ultimately harmless rather than something else being wrong.

you should of course see the doctors and rule out bad bad things, but generally you are OK to do that in time rather than rush to the hospital immediately. If you had something more serious you would never feel better at all. Heart condtiions don't generally get better than worse then better again, they just stay bad.

Panic attacks generally pass and then come back.

I hope that helps some, I know it can be scary and we've all gone through hit here. feel free to ask any more questions you have!
 
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