Heart issues. Chest Pain. EKG just fine.

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   Posted 3/10/2017 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I'm Julie, 42.5'4 148lbs. Overall very good health. Last Sept. i started having heart palpitations/chest pain so badly i ended up going to the ER. "You're just stressed," they said and sent me home with Ativan. It sure didnt feel like just stress to me. I went to see a Nutritional Respons Testing Practitioner and did a serious internal cleanse to detoxify my body. I felt way better for quite some time. I also discovered in that time that the dental work i had contained nickel which I am hardcore allergic to. That could possibly have weakened my heart as it was in my body for 10+ years. It's been removed. I figured I was good to go.

Now here it is March, and i am having chest pains and high BP and palpitations yet again sad
Visit cardiologist and EKG is normal.
Going to run stress test and a echocardiogram and monitor me, but it seems like they are just humoring me and in the process charging me a bunch of money I dont really have to spend...

I can't figure out what the heck is wrong if its not my heart. Can anxiety really do this? My life isnt very stressful right now other than this.

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   Posted 3/10/2017 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Absolutely, anxiety can cause the symptoms and your elevated blood pressure might be indicating this, and you may "think" that you aren't stressed. Is your blood pressure something that your doctor feels you need medication for? You have had good test results from your cardiologist, and I don't believe that they are saying this because they are humoring you. If you can afford it, run the stress and echo testing - I bet the results are fine. I'm not sure about the nickel "weakening" your heart, but I'm not a medical professional. BTW, most people that suffer from anxiety and/or panic attacks do believe they are having a heart issue and that's why they go to the emergency room. I went to the emergency room with a continual heartbeat of 220, they hooked me up immediately. I asked the doctor if it was a panic attack and he said that they could tell right away that it was not. I had my heart re-started, spent 3 days in the hospital and ultimately had cardiac ablation for an electrical malfunction.


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   Posted 3/11/2017 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello healmyheart & welcome to the forum. By all means finish getting the cardiac workup done. The cardiologist is doing his job by recommending these tests. If these tests come back normal, then you will have your answer to your question about it being anxiety related. A very good friend of mine, her husband had anxiety, can't tell you how many trips were made to ER. After having a cardiac workup that was normal he finally accepted the fact it was his anxiety getting the best of him. He got some help on how to handle his anxiety & did great.

Take care.
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   Posted 3/28/2017 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
You need a nuclear heart CT scan. EKG don't always show heart attack or what ever is wrong with the heart. You also need blood work with Troponin levels that will show if you are having or had a heart attack plus other heart abnormal. Those 2 test showed my heart attack in November. Five days in the hospital and one stent later I am feeling better and up to 40 mins 6 days a week of walking and biking on my recumbent bike. You have to be your own advocate for your heart health. Still today women need to speck up for there heart health. Ask questions and demand tests and get a good doctor that will spend time and answer questions. Hope all goes well for you and you find out what is wrong.
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   Posted 3/29/2017 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
any angina or costochondroitis? excuse spelling.

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   Posted 4/5/2017 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Sharon and the forum moderator. I have anxiety and believe me anxiety can cause your body to feel and do all sorts of things. But the good thing is you can also learn to control it! I have used a number of techniques and you just have to find the one that fits you best. But to make sure that is what is the cause of your issue, I would continue with tests to rule out everything else and pin point the issue. I would also make sure you are comfortable with your cardiologist and feel he is doing the best care for you.

I am sure you will be fine and they will resolve your issue. Best of luck to you!
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