Posted 11/7/2008 1:27 PM (GMT -7)
I am Kitt and Welcome to HealingWell.
I read your post a couple of times. I think with your family history you have a right to feel anxious. If you feel you need a more indepth cardiac work up there are other tests that can be done, echocardiograms, stress tests etc. Your EKG will normally pick up any irregular beats to indicate you have cardioasclar disease.
If your 19 and away at school, you have a lot of pressure on you as well as change in your life.
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.
Your on an inhaler, do you have a lung disease?
Has your physician ever tried you on a PPI such as Prilosec? You mentioned episodes starting after meals.
Please remember I am not a professional and if you feel you need to go to the ER please don't hesitate.
I have anxiety and depression so I understand these well.
I believe you will be ok but do persue your problems.