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   Posted 1/14/2007 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 26 year old panic sufferer that uses smokeless tobacco and drinks beer on occasion. I started having PVCs in the winter of 2000 and since have had several ekgs, two holter monitors, two echocardiograms, and one stress test. All results were negative and every doctor has told me I have nothing to worry about. I even asked my cardiologist "SHOULD I WORRY about MY HEART!!!". He said no, I have nothing wrong with my heart. I still continue to have chest pain, palps, PVCs, other unexplained flutters that do not seem like PVCs, shortness of breath and racing heart after meals. I do have a hiatal hernia and frequent GERD. I have started to exercise and my heart rate goes up to 165 bpm max, but quickly returns to normal within a few minutes. The exercise makes me feel good and has even slowed my resting heart rate. I still obsess about my heart though. I get online and read about sudden death and all of these other scary things. Can anyone reassure me here? Are the doctors seeing everything? I want to stop worrying!
 "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"  FDR

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   Posted 1/15/2007 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi hypopanic, welcome to the heart forum.  I would like to be able to reassure you that nothing is wrong with your heart but it would seem that after all the tests that you have had done and your doctors (cardiologists) saying there is nothing wrong then if you were unable to get reassurance from that then I don’t know what would convince you.

One thing you do have to do is calm down, take deep breaths and think about this logically.  Your young and that is a big positive on your side.  Another is to look at if you have a family history of heart disease.  Even still, you have had all these tests ran and it has been confirmed that you are okay...Question, have you actually been diagnosed with having PVC's or do you just feel that this is what your experiencing from doing on-line research?  Also, people who suffer with GERD often have similar symptoms of heart problems.  Do you see a specialist for this and are you taking any medication for treatment of your GERD?  Tobacco of any kind will aggravate this disorder and cause you to have active symptoms so you may think about trying to cut that.

I have pulled up some information on GERD for you and it also talks about some of the symptoms that you’re describing in your post.  I do hope that it helps you in some way.  I understand the panic and worrying...I have heart problems and it took along time for me to control that and get to the point where I had to say "okay, it is time to stop obsessing and just take care of myself the best I can".  You are more then welcome to keep posting here and I am sure that other members will respond to your post too.  Take care.

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   Posted 1/15/2007 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
i to have been threw all kinds of tests for my heart the dr has assured me it is not my heart ,but when i get these attacks i panic and think it is my heart ,can a panic attack give all the symptoms of a heart attack or heart problems ,im so tired of being afraid

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   Posted 1/15/2007 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the reply Els, in a matter of fact one of my favorite golfers is Ernie Els. Anyways, There has not been a heart attack on either side of my family that anyone knows about ( maybe in the past 100 years ). I went for a second opinion from my most recent first opinion that was really the fifth opinion in the past five years! tongue   I have been diagnosed with PVCs and in a matter of fact I asked if I had any PACs which I learned about on this forum. The doctor told me I only had PVCs. I also asked if I would have any benefit of wearing an event monitor over a longer period rather than the 24 hour Holter monitors I have woren a few times. The doctor said no, since the event they were looking for was found (PVCs). Anyways, I am a panic attack sufferer and I post mostly on the panic disorder forum, but this forum is a good resource. My two cardiologists told me that a panic attack can mimic a heart attack which is why they actually see alot of people like myself. I am going to stay away from doing heart research on the internet, since it does nothing but get me wondering and kinda freaks me out when I have nothing to worry about. God Bless.
 "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"  FDR

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   Posted 1/15/2007 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  hypo, sounds like you are scaring yourself to death,  i did the same thing and use to have panic attacks, my arms went numb and my fingers tingled, i took a chill pill and all was well,   actually your post helps me to realize that the symtoms i have are the same as yours and i too have gerd and a hiatal hernia, but i also have heart disease, so by hearing your having the same symptoms i feel comforted that it is my stomach and not my heart  good news.. relax, and i do mean relax,, it makes such a difference to just stop everything and do deep breathing and a few stretches.  bye for now
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