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Aries8
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   Posted 12/10/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Along with my anxiety/panic attacks, I experience a racing heart and/or skipping beats. I also have mitral valve prolapse which doesn't help. Any ideas on how to cope?

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   Posted 12/10/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Aries you might want to run that by your doc. I have Atrial Fibrillation which occurs if I have thrown up (get that with my anxiety) and if things don't quiet down for me in a certain amount of time, I have been instructed to take a medication to help get my rythym back and if that doesn't work I have to go to the ER. So maybe this is something you should run by your cardiologist. Good luck!!!
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   Posted 12/10/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aries,
 
I know anytime we have a cardiac event our anxiety is bound to rise.  I understand how you feel.
 
I agree with Nanners, if you have a known cardiac dx, I would like to see you talk with your cardiologist as this is not something we are qualified to give advice on.
 
Please keep posting. We are here to support you and can help you deal with the anxiety.
 
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Aries8
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   Posted 12/10/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor says it's anxiety. I've had the tests, the 24-hour heart monitor and right now I'm wearing the monitor for a month. It could be the mitral valve prolapse, anxiety and being peri-menopausal. What a mess! Thank you for getting back to me! I appreciate it....

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   Posted 12/10/2008 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
The best of luck Aries. . . I've had the flip-flops before, and it was a trip. I'm learning to cope by seeing it for what it is, and not being anxious. It's just anxiety and it won't kill me :) Then I start wondering what I was even worried about.
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   Posted 12/10/2008 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Aries,

Welcome, I don't think I have met you before. I'm glad you are getting a professionals' advice on this, keep us posted with how it all goes.

I get an incredibly high heart rate when I have a panic attack..and it seesm to "thob" as well. I can relate. Hope you are going okay with yours tests.

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Aries8
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   Posted 12/10/2008 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
First of all, thank you everyone for your advice and your stories. It helps tremendously. Also, Meg, when your heart rate goes up that high what do you do about it if you're at work, or the mall? It can make you feel some strange things, I know.

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   Posted 12/10/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Aires,

It doesn't happen to me much anymore (phew) but if it does I try and find somewhere quiet, I sit down and I breath and I do some positive self talk "this can't hurt me..it's only a symptom of anxiety" I keep repeating that mantra until my heart rate goes down.

I also keep my anti-anxiety meds with me. If I have a whopper of an attack/heat rate jump I am not ashamed to take my medication. Thankfully, as I said it doesn't happen often.

If it happens when you are driving..pull over! Have you done any work on affirmations?? I always keep a few up my sleeve so If I am terribly stressed I can repeat them to myself and hopefully stop my anxiety from getting worse. I hope this helps you a little :-)

Meg


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Aries8
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   Posted 12/11/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Meg, yes, it does help. I'm using the coping statements as you've mentioned, such as, "this is only anxiety. It will go away." These usually keep me from freaking out completely. I have written on index cards some statements, affirmations, etc. They really do help. This is one symptom that I haven't been able to get used to. But I work on it every day. Thank you!
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