Hi Boxermom and welcome to the forum! I'm glad that you have an appt to see the cardio. This should allay your fears. Yes, anxiety does cause the exact symptoms that you describe. I have had some anxiety in the past. Computers are good for most things, but you can also freak yourself out by reading too much. I had to make myself stop! When and if you get a green light about
your heart you have to make yourself stop reading forums such as this one. I found a relaxation tapes that I listen to daily. It really helps! I also use music and candles to help myself relax. You can also be proactive by eating right, stop smoking if you so smoke, making sure your cholesterol is ok, and watching your blood pressure. A lot of this your father and grandparents didn't know (or choose to ignore) so please keep in mind that you are not your family. You know your history and can do something about
it! Good luck and relax.