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.