I think your cardiologist should choose his words more wisely. Ive had this horrible dx since i was 10 and i experience major palpitations and arythmias, however I have also been told that a straight forward simple panic attack will NOT kill me. It might feel awful while my heart is pounding and racing and skipping beats but i personally dont feel at risk of death. I understand your concern and wonder if your doctor knows your full medical history, re panic and anxiety?
All the best, you will make it through this,
I am appalled at how you doctor worded your dx. I have had skipped heart beats and a rapid pulse for YEARS...have been hooked up to equipment and had several EKG's while this was happening and never once did any doctor tell me the anxiety that was causing this would kill me. Just the opposite, as a matter of fact. I was told the body releases a limited amount of adrenalin at once and once it dissipates, the beat slows down. Most people over the age of 40 have arrhymias and just don't feel them. From my experience and from what I have been told repeatedly, if you have a an otherwise healthy heart, these annoying symptoms will not hurt you.
So sorry this has happened to you. Shame on that doctor for his choice of words!
I think perhaps what your Doctor was trying to say is a heartrate of 180 is not healthy and to try to keep your heart rate from climbing so high you should be on medication.
I use Inderal as it is a good med for anxiety because it is a beta blocker and will keep your heart rate from climbing so high when you are in panic mode. Beta-blockers that are used to treat cardiac conditions, also may be used in anxiety disorders to stop the physical symptoms of anxiety.
Im sorry that happened to u , I had something similar... Im praying for u!!!
I had just got done vacuuming & i was talking to a friend about my bday. She wants to throw a party (which is VERY sweet of her) but i dont want one, anyway i was kneeling down bending over a little & i stood up & BAM it hit me... Scared the hell outta me.. I felt like I couldnt breathe, so i figured it was a panic attack.. Well I went to the heart dr yest & he said it was NOT anxiety related..Now I forgot to tell him i had eaten Tuna that day & 2weeks prior to that everyday as well & the episode happpend on sun 19th that fri night i went to my 20yr HS reunion.. So i dont know whether the Tuna did it or stress from the reuinon cuz i was nervous while i was there.. Barely drank anything that whole night..I had also eaten Choc Chip granola bars, (which I picked a lot of the choc out) but he thinks it may have been the choc... I dont know but im going to get a 2nd opinion, from hopefully a dr thats understanding about agorphobia...
nanas..... about the tuna, i had been eating tuna for 2 weeks str8. I read we should only be eating tuna 2 to 3 times a week.
so im thinking i was eating waaaay too much... Dr said my episode was NOT caused by anxiety he doesnt know what caused it..I
talked to the nurse & a paramedic friend who both said anxiety can cause tachycardia. So long story short im going to get a second
opinion... I really believe it was stress related..
Post Edited (spinnaker) : 8/7/2009 6:14:02 PM (GMT-6)
Hi there sweetie,
Anxiety can cause tachycardia and tachycardia can cause anxiety..................so which came first for you? Forget the Tuna................it does not cause anxiety unless you are allergic to it. Just my humble opinion.
What you need is to learn how to deal with the anxiety and panic.
If you find yourself at a point where you need help in reducing anxiety then you have two options: seek professional help if you feel you cannot do it on your own or use some practical methods to help reduce your everyday stress. It feels to me like you would benefit from some intense therapy as well as perhaps a new med instead of the Paxil. Also there are other meds such as Buspar for anxiety instead of continuing on with Ativan every day. Trazadone or Seroquel are good at low doses for sleep. These are just my rambling thoughts today :)
I am a sufferer of chronic anxiety. In the past I sought out professional help, but now use many practical methods on my own to reduce anxiety. The main objective is remembering what you are capable of doing.
Exercise. take a walk, play a game of basketball, or ride a bike. The point is to exercise because when you do, your body will release endorphins, which contribute to feeling good.
Call a friend when feelings of anxiousness or fear arise. A friend is not a replacement for professional help when needed, but a friend can be there to listen when you are having a bad day. Sometimes letting off a little steam can help relive tension and anxiety.
Reduce your caffeine intake. As you probably already know, caffeine is a stimulant. The last thing a person suffering from an anxiety disorder needs is a stimulant. Share a laugh. Nothing breaks the tension like laughing. If you walk around feeling miserable, you will be miserable, but if you laugh life seems better. So if you are down, watch a funny movie or TV show to laugh.Take ten minutes and relax. Do something that you find relaxing: a hot bath, a video game, a book, anything to make you forget for a few moments about your anxious feelings.
Believe in yourself and the power you have over your own anxiety. Remember you have anxiety, it does not have you.
Take care and keep on talking with us here in HW.
Great news and I hope the Doctor explained to you that everyone has PVCs that are benign and most people do not even know they are having the premature beats.
Do work at staying in the moment and in believing that you are going to be OK. You have my support.