Panic or my heart?????

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 10/10/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
cry   hello old friends - been feeling really great lately. Lost 25 lbs and got my blood pressure down to normal level
maybe a lil too low 98/66 is the lowest range with 120/80. yet today I got the worst "panic attack" ever. Well at least I thought it was
I got a few heart flutters after exercising and got lightheaded and started hyperventilating. so I did like I usually do pop a view klonopins and then breathe thru a paper bag/  This episode just worried me beause I had been panic/heart flutter free for quite a while/
So I decided to head over to Dr office my heart rate was 146 (my norm is 68) bp was 129/75  crazy uh
He listedned to my heart and said her heard that murmur. Immediately went to get an EKG and have not heard from the Doc since
He is a military Dr. so sorry i dont have much trust in him also, he was rushing me and not letting me really talk. I told him i have white coat syndrome so i usually get nervous and ancxious at the Dr office but myheart rate stayed in the high 90's for a few hours.
So my dilemna is that I am worried I may have pathological heart murmur (damaged valves) versus the innocent heart murmur.
Or it just may be the anxiety rearing its ugly head again. I just dont know. I feel so depressed at this point because no one understands my fear.
Maybe someone here understands. please write if you do. You all always come through for me and make life a little easier. I truly love this site. Thanks for reading.

Dx: Panic Disorder,Anxiety, Depression, PVC's (Heart)
Rx: Lexapro 10mg-Klonopin .5-1mg as needed

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 10/10/2008 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry that you are struggling again with these anxiety problems.  I do understand the fear you are feeling over your heart symptoms.  I, too, have the fluttery, missed heartbeat stuff and it scares the life out of me.  Although it sounds like you had a panic attack, I wouldn't give up on going in to the doctor to be sure of what is going on.  When can you get the results of the ekg?  Waiting for test results is the worst, I know, it gives you too much time to think negatively. 
I've been panic attack free for quite a while as well, but every once in a while, one will just hit me seemingly out of the blue and throw me for a loop, and I don't think that is uncommon.  Try to keep your thoughts positive for now while waiting for your results.  If you don't trust this doc, maybe see another one?  It's better to be safe than sorry, and to have solid peace of mind rather than room for your mind to run wild with scary thoughts.  Hope you get some answers soon!

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   Posted 10/11/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there,

This is Kitt. :-)

A heart murmur is an abnormal extra sound made when the heart beats. The sound is produced by blood moving through the heart and its valves.

Heart murmurs occur in normal hearts. They are especially common among young children. Harmless heart murmurs are known as innocent heart murmurs. Innocent heart murmurs are usually very faint. They come and go in an irregular pattern. They do not pose a health threat to the person in whom they occur.

Other heart murmurs are more dangerous. They are called pathological heart murmurs. One cause of pathological heart murmurs is a damaged heart valve. Pathological heart murmurs may be an indication of a serious heart problem. The sound they make is louder and more continuous than that of an innocent heart murmur. They are sometimes described as a clicking or galloping sound.

An echocardiogram may also be used to diagnose heart murmur. An echocardiogram is a test in which sound waves are sent through the heart. The path taken by the sound waves is recorded. The pattern of reflected sound may show any defects in the heart.

I would see a  cardiologist if you are afraid and get it sorted out.  The echocardiogram is very quick and non invasive.

Do see a physician.  You are going to be ok. 

Gentle Hugs



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   Posted 10/11/2008 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Try to hold on patiently until you get your results back. If you had something immediately life-threatening going on, it's reasonable to think that even this doctor would have sent you straight to the hospital.

When I had my EKG done, it needed to be read by a cardiologist, regardless of what my regular doctor thought of it. So it may be a few days before you get any information back. Obviously, if you have problems between now and then, you can go to the ER for help. Knowing that help is nearby if I need it always allows me to let go of some of my health anxiety.

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