A-fib and anxiety

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Ram1500
Regular Member


Date Joined Jun 2012
Total Posts : 33
   Posted 7/13/2016 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry for the novel but i just need some opinions from people who may have dealt with something similar

So I've had undiagnosed health anxiety issues for a few years now.. usually surrounding my heart, chest pains etc.. about 6 months ago my heart was beating very fast and sporatically. Beat, 3 little fast beats, miss a beat etc.very uncomfortable. Lasted about 6 hours and I decided to go the the hospital. Right when I got there, it stopped. I decided not to go in because my heart was now beating perfectly normal. After this, I felt absolutely drained for a couple weeks. Light headed, dizzy, nervous and eventually it passed and I felt normal again. (Thought it was from panicking about the incident)

Then saturday night, my heart did it again, exact same.. I went home and tried to sleep it off again but the next morning it was still at it. I went to the hospital and they said I was in A-fib and they needed to get my heart beating normally again. The gave me some meds in IV to regulate my heart but it didn't work. They decided they needed to shock my heart with cardioversion to regulate the beat. They put me to sleep and performed it and it worked. I woke up 20 minutes later and my heart was normal. An hour later they let me go and said that I needed to follow up with a cardiologist and proceed from there.
Now it is Wednesday and I still feel absolutely horrible. My heart is beating normal but I'm totally drained, even regular tasks are hard to complete. Even looking at me, I look unwell.
The cardiologist can't see me until September. So now I don't know what to do.
Do I feel like crap because I'm now scared and anxiety is the culprit? I was just released 3 days ago from the hospital and my heart and ecg was good after the shock. They also said my blood work came back fine.

I just need to hear some opinions because I'm terrified on the inside. Feel shakey and I feel like I notice every little feeling and think I'm about to have a heart attack or something or stroke any second.
Do I feel like this because of anxiety after a tramatic event??

I'm a 28 year old male.
Help!

Pratoman
Veteran Member


Date Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts : 5136
   Posted 7/13/2016 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
1.don't know what caused the afib, but the drained feeling is probably anxiety. Maybe the afib too. None of us are doctors here, obviously

2. Under these circumstances, if your cardiologist is tellin you he can't see you until September? ...Find a new cardiogist '
I was getting bad palpatations for a couple of days that were similar to what you describe. Hard pounding in chest, for a few beats, then back to normal. Called Dr on the second day, he told me to come right in. They did a full workup, including nuclear stress test that day in his office. AND 24 hour holter monitor. All results normal. It was probably anxiety. But the point is, he generally has a 3 week wait for appointments. In this case, i was in his office 15 minutes after i called.
Dx Age 64 Nov 2014, 4.3
BX 3 of 12 cores positive original pathologyG6, G6, G8 (3+5)
downgraded to 3+3=6 by Dr Epstein, JH
RALP with Dr Ash Tewari Jan 6, 2015
Post surgical pathology – G7 (3+4), ECE, Margins, LN, SV all negative
PSA @ 6 weeks 2/15, .<02, 4/15 <.02 7/15 <.02, 10/15 0.00 (new lab) , 1/16, 0.00
My Story: tinyurl.com/oo9x4aq

Ram1500
Regular Member


Date Joined Jun 2012
Total Posts : 33
   Posted 7/14/2016 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your response. The issue is that I'm in a smaller city and there are only 2 cardiologists nearby. They have very long wait times.
I'm just very concerned that I could have had a heart attack or something or have blockages in my arteries because I have such a bad diet. I'm very weak, and feel like I'm in a daze all the time. I'm worried that the doctors don't think it's possible because I'm so young and not overweight.

Would they be able to tell by blood work? The doctor said my blood work came back fine... but I don't even know what tests they did.

Pratoman
Veteran Member


Date Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts : 5136
   Posted 7/14/2016 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
There are tests that will tell them if you've had a heart event. I'm not sure what the test is called, but it's a certain protein.

I understand that the Drs are busy, but if it were me I would stomp and scream until they got me in faster.
Dx Age 64 Nov 2014, 4.3
BX 3 of 12 cores positive original pathologyG6, G6, G8 (3+5)
downgraded to 3+3=6 by Dr Epstein, JH
RALP with Dr Ash Tewari Jan 6, 2015
Post surgical pathology – G7 (3+4), ECE, Margins, LN, SV all negative
PSA @ 6 weeks 2/15, .<02, 4/15 <.02 7/15 <.02, 10/15 0.00 (new lab) , 1/16, 0.00
My Story: tinyurl.com/oo9x4aq

theHTreturns...
Elite Member


Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 20098
   Posted 7/15/2016 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
hi, some deep breathing exercises help. do this:

sit, no noise. gently close eyes and breathe down from ya gut, not chest, inhale fully through nostrils, hold for 5 seconds, purse your lips and slowly let the breath out, repeat 2 more times.

ps, you would not be discharged if they felt you were at risk.
THE HAPPY TURTLE.

A QUOTE FROM THE HAPPY TURTLE THAT REFLECTS ME.

"COMPLEXITY IS MY WAY OF EXPRESSING MY NEEDS IN A MANNER THAT IS NEITHER DESTRUCTIVE, NOR NEGATIVE"
'
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Monday, February 19, 2018 3:19 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,930,788 posts in 321,564 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 160301 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Bizzarbra.
244 Guest(s), 6 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Georgia Hunter, L.Botev, RedLabel, serino01, testuser1234, iPoop