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   Posted 1/10/2010 3:11 AM (GMT -6)   
As someone that is absolutely petrified of having my heart beat more than say 80bpm when the slightest idea of anxiety is on my mind...I was just curious if anyone here is knowledgeable with what an acceptable heart rate really is for those of us that freak out for no reason simply because their heart is suggesting that I'm sprinting around a track, when in fact i"m laying on the couch reading a book.

I have mentioned it before, but I have an 'exercise' watch that can track my heart rate. I use this function far too often, and it has ceased to work until recently. I do take my heart rate on my own to make sure it is accurate, which it seems to be within 1bpm anyway. But my heart changes so much it's hard to tell sometimes which way is up.

Anyway, I have had moderate panic attacks where my heart will stay at 110-135bpm for upwards of 3 hours with no end in sight.

I have also had episodes where it's jumped up to 210bpm (my watch only goes to 200bpm), this was taken by a paramedic.

I get really scared when it gets that high because I'm 'convinced' that today is the day I die of an acute heart attack. Eventually I'll just drop to my knees in crippled pain and double over until someone either comes to save me or I pass on.

I'd really just like some medical research that proves that a heart CAN go 180bpm for 4 hours and I'll live. I know it's unhealthy, but I need something to tell myself that I'm going to survive through these ridiculous fears.

It's controlling my life far too much. I'm scared to even apply for a job right now.

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   Posted 1/10/2010 3:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I don't really know much about this. I'm sure one of the nurses can tell you whether or not what you're going through is dangerous. I could be wrong but I think the most important number when considering the health of the heart is the resting heart rate. The lower it is, the more efficient the heart is and I would guess that it would be easier for it to withstand longer periods of hard work. That's only a guess, though.

I used to have an obsession with tracking my body temperature so I know how these "vital" signs fixations can be a problem. My advice would be to go to a cardiologist and talk to them about it. Bet they'll put your mind at ease. Then I'd get rid of that watch. I started to keep my thermometer in the car because I live in the city and it's at least a 1/4 mile walk from my apartment to where I keep the car. It wasn't a convenient habit anymore and I dropped it. Now I keep the thermometer in my apartment and with the habit broken it's not a problem.

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   Posted 1/21/2010 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I know exactly  how you are feeling about being anxious about the rapid heart beats. I have had those for years. I have experienced palpitations also. I have had a mirage of tests that have all come back fine. I even had an mri of my heart last year and at times I still think there's something the doctors are missing. 
As long as you have had the tests that the doctors feel you need with your symtoms and they are all fine, then the next step is to just relax when these problems come up.  You can either do that by deep breathing and relaxing or for me I need to just get my mind somewhere else. I play solitary or go on the computer and look for travel ideas even though you might not be traveling soon but get your mind on other things.

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   Posted 1/27/2010 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
My heart has been at 180bpm for an hour or so... i was reading Donald Duck when it happened.. sitting :/ Not exactly the most exiting book, yet still i apparently had a panic attack. That's what people say anyway...

I am obsessed about my heart too. Well about any disease really, but obviously the heart is one of the biggest concerns.

This rapid beat has happened alot since. Freaks me out every time. Apparently not dead yet tho.

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   Posted 1/27/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had the same thing happen. I remember having it happen after eating or just doing nothing and all of the sudden it happens. Once it starts and you get freaked out that causes things to get worse. The adrenalin kicks in and makes the heart rate stay rapid. You need to just relax during these times and concentrate on other things than what your heart is doing. Believe me, I know this isn't easy. If you haven't had it checked out by a doctor you should do this. If everything is good this will help you just knowing that. I wish you luck.

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   Posted 1/27/2010 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a panic attack today with my heart rate going through the roof well it felt like it ;)
I checked my heart rate and it was 108 bpm
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   Posted 1/27/2010 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
108 is fast but not that bad. You probably felt it beating stronger than normal and that's all part of anixety.

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   Posted 1/27/2010 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I would suggesst trying not to fixate on your heart rate as much as you do..i know thats not easy i am ocd as well about other things but reading ..perhaps even coloring might help calm you down ....hv you talked to your doc about this at all...keep us posted and try to relax more..are you on anti anxiety meds..lyn

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   Posted 1/30/2010 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
   Hi all!
     I just wanted to give a quick reply. I too have that obsessive heart rate thing too. Well, not so much lately. One of the things that helped ease my panic response was the knowledge that a heart rate can go as 400-600 beats and people get through it. And the other was (as I have a dreaded fear of having a heart attack) that its when your heart slows down too much is when it's an issue. Now you may have to relook these up but again I am pretty obsessive myself and did lots of reading and have a friend whose a former doctor. I hope this helps!

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   Posted 1/30/2010 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning All,

I do not believe that there is what is called an "acceptable heart rate for anxiety" Each person is different and some of the heart rates you have mentioned may well be due to anxiety.

400-600 BPM is not a rate anyone could even count. You would not be in a normal rhythm at that rate and would be in a emergency situation.

One of the common symptoms of an anxiety attack is a racing heart. This is caused by the adrenaline rush. There is a ton of info available on the net that explains the effects of increased adrenaline rush.

Every normal heart has a normal rhythm. That rhythm varies from person to person. In most healthy people, the heart at rest beats about 60 to 100 times per minute.

Some fast heart rates are appropriate. For instance, if you are being chased, your body has a need for more oxygen; therefore, it is necessary for your heart rate to rise to meet this demand. This is called sinus tachycardia—a normal response and a normal rhythm.

If you are experienced sustained fast heart rates and have sx, please do see your physician.

Take care,

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