What's Wrong With My Heart

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/29/2006 6:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I have a question I was hoping someone(s) could help me out with. For the past 3 to 5 days I noticed a significant drop in my heart rate. As to where my heart usually hovers around the 100bpm zone. It has now dropped to around the 50 to 60bpm. For instance I was just lying down before I go to work (Swing Shift/Nights & Evenings) and I checked my heart rate and was basically on pace with each second.

When strange health stuff like this happens I try to dismiss as much as possible since I have had many health visits in my last 4 years of anxiety hell. However if I can think of one organ that’s taken the biggest beating it would be my heart. So it scares me to feel my heart moving this slow. Maybe this is a normal heart rate for some people but not me. I’m only 25 and I feel like my heart is slow because it can’t take the constant anxiety anymore. It’s also really weird because my heart will beat anywhere from 3 to 10 or more times and then stop or rest I guess. The rest seems weird and unusual to me. Is this normal because I’m used to my heart constantly beating? Also there is no consistency in the rest. It might go 1,2,3 rest or 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 rest.

I know I should see a doctor about this and I will in a few days. But for the time being I have a couple more days of work. So I thought I would see if anyone on this board could calm my nerves or ramp them up. As I said before this is very unsettling to me. I have had some serious issues with anxiety and insomnia in the past 4 years and I’m wondering if I’ve done some irreversible damage to my heart.

I have been out of work for a long time. But for the last month and a half I have consistently held down a job (Big deal for you but impressive for me). Also for about the first month of work I would wake up and my breathing was noticeably labored. This type of poor breathing pattern would be frequent
and very uncomfortable.

Has anyone with severe anxiety/insomnia issues experienced anything like what I’m describing? Or do you have any advice on what I should do?

P.S. As I said before I would have gone and seen a doctor by now. But I have just spent so much time focusing on my health in the past few years. Always thinking there is something wrong. So I try to just except the fact that it’s hopefully nothing and move on. But every time it feels like something new and worse. And I just can’t afford to waste time anymore as I have enough problems already (Money!).

P.P.S. I posted this on the anxiety board as well. I hope you don't mind the double posting. Just wanted to get a second opinion. Since it"s my heart I'm talking about.

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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 289
   Posted 3/29/2006 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
You are young. Your heart rate should be around 60 bpm. That means you are healthy, or in fair shape. Athletes pride themselves in having a low heart rate, while they are at rest. The lower your heart rate, the less your heart is having to work, to do it's proper job (hey, it will last longer). Now if you have heart disease, then the rate can go too low. This is called bradycardia, and is diagnosed at <50 beats/minute. If your heart rate truly were to go to low, you would faint from lack of blood flow to your brain.

It seems to me that you are obsessing on your heart and lung function. Stress is tough, but at your age, and if you do have a healthy heart, it can withstand stress for some years, just fine. I went through extreme stress for over 25 years. Stress will take it's toll on some's heart over a period of years. It did mine, and in the end what I worried about, heart disease, came true.

You need to work through your problems and reduce your stress because if you don't, what you worry about will become true, just for you (heart disease). Try to get this off your mind!!!!!When these thoughts hit you, get busy with something else. Learn meditation by all means at an early age. This you can do at night while in bed, if the scary feelings and thoughts occurr.

You haven't really described a problem except for obsessions due to anxiety, to me anyway, but if you feel there is something wrong with your heart or elsewhere, see a doctor.

I advise you to find something that you love to do for a living, regardless of what it may pay, and most of all don't worry, be happy :)


Post Edited (Aldo) : 3/29/2006 6:21:29 AM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 3/29/2006 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Mainio,  I wanted to welcome you to Healing Well forum.

I was wondering if you are manually taking your own pulse or do you have a machine that does it or someone else?  I know that I cant take my own pulse as my heart tends to speed up or I start to concentrate on the actual beats of my heart instead of the pulse in my wrist.  If this makes sense...hopefully.  Anyway, Aldo is completely right.  If your a young man and fairly healthy than 60 beats per minute is normal.  And of course any type of anxiety is going to change that.  I have bradycardia, my heart rate was beating in the 20 - 30's range and believe me you know when there is something major wrong like that.  As, Aldo said, I was passing out and losing consciousness.  I ended up with a pacemaker and now all is well.  If you even suspect that there is something wrong with your heart than go get it checked out.  If for nothing else than to give you a little piece of mind....Take care

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