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Belz
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/14/2007 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys and gals I am almost 27 mother of 2 boys and a couple of years ago I had an ECG and the doc thought she saw abrnormalities so I had tests done wore a 24 hour monitor and had an echocardiogram. Anyway all the tests came back fine :) but lately I have been to the Emergency at the hospital 2 times in the last month with the following symptoms heart racing over 110 beats per minute and just feeling funny. Anyway they did ECGs etc and everything was fine. What I want to know is does this sound like anxiety?? I am pretty sure it is. Normally my heart rate is about 80 beats a minute which is normal but every now and then I get the racing heart etc and I am thinking its all in my head and I am doing it to myself. Anyway I just want to know how you all deal with it and settle yourselfs down etc? Relaxation techniques??
 
Thanks all :)

Danxiety
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   Posted 10/14/2007 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
hey there, welcome to the forums. Its hard to know if its anxiety, and when it becomes physical and your heartbeat races, than its not all in your head. Some subconscious or conscious stressers can cause this. For the conscious ones I try and identify them. I ask myself, what is causing the distress. Once i've identified a few i try and not engage in those activities, unfortunately most seem to be things that are unavoidable, so you nailed it when you mention relaxation technics. Depending on your situation and where you are at the time, deep breathing is always an option that helps a lot of people. To try and take you mind off racing thoughts that are causing the anxiety, when you are breathing you can do a few things. One thing i was tough is that if you tap into your "wise mind" you will find relaxation (to me its really something positive to repeat and self reassuring) So when you take a deep breath in you say in a calm neutral voice in your head "wise" and on a slow exhale you say in a calm neutral voice "mind". You try and repeat this and focus on the words and breath. That one technique that can be done anywhere...

Other people do other things. I ride a bicycle, do photography, walk, run, and exercise (when i can -- which isnt often enough) and that seems to really help. I know it might seem weird to exercise when your heart rate is up, but going on long walks usually help, or might help. Thats the thing my mom does when she has anxiety or panic. She'll walk. She says it balances out you PH or something and sorta brings back some balance.

There's a ton of great books out there that talk about relaxation technics and meditation. All that is good. Oh, and i found yoga to be really helpful as well...

Others will give you some great advice, welcome again and keep us posted.

Best_
Dan
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Anxiety and Panic Disorder.

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stkitt
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   Posted 10/14/2007 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
The most common type of tachycardia is sinus tachycardia, which is the body's normal reaction to stress. Treatment is generally directed at identifying the underlying cause. Anxiety is a common cause of this type of tachycardia.

Relaxation exercises are techniques to relax muscles and relieve tension by using controlled breathing and muscle flexing. They usually involve sitting down in a comfortable chair, closing your eyes and systematically tensing and relaxing different muscle groups in your body, usually starting with the legs and feet.

I use this method of relaxing when my anxiety is getting out of control. This is something you can do just about anywhere. You can do it at work, on a plane, at the mall…………just take a few minutes to concentrate on relaxing your whole body and keep telling yourself you are ok. Nothing bad is going to happen to you. You are safe.

There are many other ways to relax and slow that heart rate, if your at home, a warm soothing bath, your favorite music, stretching exercises. I know members use a wide variety of methods.

There is always therapy to learn to deal with your anxiety. If you are not already seeing a therapist you may want to consider the possibility.

A warm welcome to Healing Well and the A & P Forum, Belz. We are so glad you have joined us so please keep posting and we are here for you.

Belz
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   Posted 10/14/2007 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies :)

Just a quick one, do you know if not eating properly and stress can cause an irregular heart rate? I only get it every now and then but my heart feels fluttery and like it is skipping beats. I have read that this is quite common. But when it does happen it makes my more anxious which in turn makes it worse it is like a catch 22 situation. So hopefully the relaxation you guys suggested will help with this as well. :)

stkitt
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   Posted 10/14/2007 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Yes nutrition plays a large role in how we stay heart healthy.

Electrical activity of the heart depends on normal levels of magnesium, calcium, potassium and sodium. A deficiency or excess of any one of these may cause conduction abnormalities. These can be identified with tests checking urea and electrolytes, serum calcium and red cell magnesium.

Excessive caffeine in the diet may also cause conduction abnormalities. The main sources are to be found in coffee, tea, coca cola and chocolate. Thirdly, food allergies may also cause rhythm abnormalities.

Stress is another cause of irregular heart beats or bursts of tachycardia.

I am a huge caffeine drinker and I know when I have gone overboard.  So look at your nutrition carefully.

Take care :)


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Kitt
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Belz
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   Posted 10/14/2007 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Very interesting thank you :)

Just looks like I should start looking after myself a little more to live a long healthy life. I am glad I found this website I already feel a little relieved just reading the replies.

Thank you

stkitt
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   Posted 10/14/2007 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   

Belz,

I thank my luck in finding this wonderful site also. I feel like I was guided here for a reason and I have found so much support and learned so much from the members.

You are family now, so keep on posting.

Gentle Hugs.


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Kitt
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/15/2007 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had to learn the hard way thru this whole thing that NUTRITION is a big big part in helping fight anxiety and heart palps ........

When I am all in a mess I do not eat .well didnt .....then my teen was starting to do same thing she was on the verge of having a eating disorder SO now I make sure we DO eat meals together and sit and talk for a good hour after eating
I was anorexic when young and I sure dont want her going thru that hades

I am so glad you have found us here and glad you have found the ppl as great as I have and do

Please DO stay with us

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