Posted 4/16/2006 4:24 PM (GMT -6)
Hi, I recently joined the forum to try and get some help in dealing with my anxiety and fear of having a heart problem. I posted on the anxiety/panic forum, but I wanted to also post something here as well. I am a 24 year old female with a history of anxiety. I also had WPW until about 10 years ago when I had 2 ablations, the last one supposedly successful. After my ablations, I always had a high fear of it coming back, or having another heart problem.
All through college, I took Lexapro 10 mg for anxiety. In addition, I smoked (bad, i know) and drank lots of coffee. I moved back home last August and in December, I had some sort of episode one morning where I woke up to a twitching in my right side, and so I got up. I was kind of nervous because I didnt know what it was. All of a sudden, my heart started pounding. And it was fast. I felt like I was dying, I was very hot, so I ran to the fridge opened the door, and also drank ice water.
Before I could get to the ER, the feelings subsided, but I kept fearing it was going to happen again. Now, I feel like this fear almost governs my life. I take my pulse multiple times a day, I am afraid to get my heart rate up, afraid to drink anything with caffeine(so I dont even tho I LOVE coffee and chocolate) and QUIT smoking (yay!).
Anyhow, I just wanted some of your opinions as to what this could be, and what I should do. LIke I said, I did post on the anxiety and panic forum as well. They are wonderful.
One other thing----I went to a cardiologist and they did a bunch of tests like holter, echo, ekg, event monitor (but n ever had same feeling on that ) blood work, all was normal.
Thank you so much, I value your opinions.