Can you develop svt from anxiety

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Rn1987
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   Posted 11/13/2014 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello
I'm wondering If anyone knows if one can develop svt super ventricular tachachardya from anxiety ?
I had heart tests done and all came back good , some pvcs and pacs but nothing else , I was googling and found that svt can happen to anxious people , I'm wondering if you can get it just because of anxiety or when you have svt and the anxiety is the trigger for one ?

JungRulz
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   Posted 11/15/2014 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Stress hormones, Catecholamines, are released during stress. Even a cursory search for SVT and Catecholamines shows that Catecholamines can induce SVT.

Best to follow through with your doctor, but stress can be a factor.

Rn1987
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   Posted 11/15/2014 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Yea I've never been diagnosed with svt and all the heart tests are good , but I looked up heart rythms and anxiety and svt says that anxious young people can get svt with out any other risk factors and that scared me even more and now I'm more afraid of my panic attacks because il be thinking what if I go into the rythm 😖

pvct
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   Posted 11/15/2014 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Stress can cause irregular beats as well as running blood pressure up.
I can attest to that. You might want to ask your doctor for something for your anxiety. :-)

Rn1987
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   Posted 11/15/2014 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm scared to take SSRIs also ,
My blood pressure is 90/60 always been low but I thought that panic attacks are harmless to ones heart especially if you don't have heart desiese but now I found out you can go into a funky heart rythm even with out any history of svt , ugh I really didn't need to find that out .
So I wanted to ask what other people thought aboutbit

JungRulz
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   Posted 11/15/2014 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
SVT, or SupraVentricular Tachycardia, is not usually considered dangerous rhythm, though it is frightening. Supra means above. SupraVentricular is a rhythm that originates above the ventricles.

Tachycardias that originate on the ventricles are of significant concern, fortunately this isn't the case for you.

I've taken benzodiazepines in one form, or another, modestly, for 30 years now. I use Klonopin now, it has a long half life, but you'd need to be careful with the dose as it can lower the blood pressure. It has never caused problems with my heart rhythm, in fact it helps me get through times when my arrhythmia acts up.

I've had short bouts with PSVT, Paroxysmal SVT, it's scary, but it's been relatively short.

pvct
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   Posted 11/15/2014 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello

I take an SSRI along with Klonopin. Sometimes it is hard to
weigh the possible side effects against the benefits of certain meds.
I would ask your doctor. You mentioned a 90/60 BP. I wish I had that over a 159/83. But again, stress in my case, plays a huge deal in BP.
My best to you. :-)

Rn1987
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   Posted 11/15/2014 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm scared to take SSRIs also ,
My blood pressure is 90/60 always been low but I thought that panic attacks are harmless to ones heart especially if you don't have heart desiese but now I found out you can go into a funky heart rythm even with out any history of svt , ugh I really didn't need to find that out .
So I wanted to ask what other people thought aboutbit

Rn1987
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   Posted 11/15/2014 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
JR
From what you know about svt can anxiety alone causes svt , all ive had is sinus tacachardya during my panic attacks , I'm do scared if it even though I never had it , how hight does your heart rate get during a svt episode

JungRulz
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   Posted 11/15/2014 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rn1987,

Sinus tachycardia is a form of SVT, principally since it originates in the heart's normal pacemaker, the SA Node, which is located above the ventricles, or SupraVentricular.

One site said that Heart Rates between 130 and 220 are possible.

From two different sites:

1. The following is a list of conditions that fit under the broad definition of SVT:

Sinus tachycardia
Inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST)
Sinus nodal reentrant tachycardia (SNRT)
Atrial tachycardia
Multifocal atrial tachycardia (MAT)
Atrial flutter (AF)
Atrial fibrillation (A fib)
Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT; also termed AV nodal reentrant tachycardia or AVNRT and AV reentrant tachycardia or AVRT, a subset of PSVT)
Junctional ectopic tachycardia (JET)
Nonparoxysmal junctional tachycardia (NPJT)

2. Risk Factors  

There are several factors that may increase your chance of having an attack or developing symptoms. In general, PVST:

Affects women more often than men
Most commonly develops in a person's 20s or 30s, but can occur at any age
Occurs more often in people who are anxious, under stress, or physically fatigued
Hyperactive thyroid gland
Excess caffeine or alcohol use
Respiratory illnesses
Low potassium and magnesium levels
Valvular heart disease


Having your Thyroid levels and potassium/magnesium levels checked wouldn't by a bad ides.

One very interesting article I read just now said that PSVT can give you anxiety, and care should be taken to assure that the tachycardia is caused by the anxiety and not the anxiety caused by the tachycardia. Interesting point.

Rn1987
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   Posted 11/15/2014 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Yea so I wore a holter monitor for 30 days and I had a panic attack recorded and it was sinus tac. Normal increase in heart rate it was 160 during an attack
But with me I get very anxious about having a panick attack that I bring one on my self and I avoid going far from home because I'm scared to leave my safe zone , I have a panic disorder but seeing that being anxious increases the chances of delevoing svt is pretty darn scary . As I thought before that panic attacks are safe but I don't think so if you can go into svt :((

JungRulz
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   Posted 11/16/2014 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
People go into SVT for extended periods of time with no harm. For the vast majority of people, it's not a threat to the heart. Vagal maneuvers can be performed to stop the accelerated rate. The vagus nerve connects to the SA node of the heart, and can slow the heart down remarkably, that's it purpose.

Ask your doctor about Vagal maneuvers and tell him/her why you're interested. It's a common and often effective way to stop a bout of it.

If your doctor examined you, EKGs, testing, etc., and feels that everything is OK, relax. Just because it "can" happen in the presence of anxiety, doesn't mean it "will" happen, because it "won't" happen to the vast majority of people with anxiety.
"You are what you do, not what you say you'll do"
Carl Jung

Rn1987
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   Posted 11/16/2014 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you :) I rally do have to just chill out ,, easier said than done but really appriciate the reply.
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