anyone get hot outside and get anxious if your heartrate goes up?

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   Posted 9/5/2010 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
i have always had a faster heartrate if i am outside when it's hot for too long. i just went to the zoo and was outside for about 3 hours. well i got home and checked my hr and it was up to like 106. maybe i got a little dehydrated. but i drank water while i was there. anyway now it won't go down. probably made myself anxious about it. have felt good lately too. ugh

my older son who moved away to go to school with his dad (about an hour away) also got mad when i called him last night saying i'm babying him (havn't talked to him in a week) and it hurt my feelings really bad - i was pretty upset last night. maybe that has something to do with it too.

anyone else feel faster hr when you get overheated? i would think since i've been in a/c for 2 hours, it would have gone down now.

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   Posted 9/5/2010 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Increased heart rate is a sx of dehydration although if I remember yours runs a bit high under stress and anxiety too.  Drinking  8-10 glasses of water per day is the usual recommendation and don't use thirst as an indicator that you should be drinking.   On those warmer days take plenty of breaks to get into the shade and drink your water.  :-)
Having your child leave home and go off to school is bound to cause you some anxiety.    It is hard not to call your son but I am sure he is only trying to be independent and not upset with you. Just remember to let go of the hurt feelings and know all will work out in the end.
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   Posted 9/5/2010 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you kitt. i just talked to my mom about it. she said to take care of my 4 yr old and don't worry about my son. he is fine. i just walk by his room everyday and i feel like a part of me is gone. it's really hard for me and especially knowing he doesn't want to even talk to me. it's so hurtful. i broke down last night - and i'm guessing today that is why i am having this anxiety. i will try to relax and know he is okay. i just miss him so much.


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   Posted 9/5/2010 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, heat can make my heart rate go up. I also really notice my heart rate jumps after eating. Mine is usually really low, so when I'm up at 70-75, that's when I'm feeling it. But if your resting heartrate is normal, say like in the mid 70's to 80's jumping to 106 for a time is not in the danger zone. Try to distract yourself and it will come down naturally. Sounds like you also have emotional stuff that is factoring into it. Do your breathing exercises, maybe some light yoga and stretching. What goes up must come down:) You'll be fine.
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   Posted 9/7/2010 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't notice my heartrate specifically increasing with heat, but I do feel more prone to panic attacks if it's hot or humid. The other day we had a pretty warm, humid day and had the a/c off. I was doing well for most of the day, but had an attack in the late afternoon. I guess it had just built up. I put the air on and it helped. Sorry it didn't work in your case. I've also been told that some of the meds for anxiety/panic can make you more sensitive to the heat.

I remember when I was in college. My mother didn't usually call because she didn't want to "bother" me. I wondered why she wasn't calling. I knew she cared. It didn't make sense until much later when she explained it. My dad on the other hand called "too much" and I got annoyed wanting to prove to myself that I could be independent and make it on my own. In the end, it was important to me to have some time to succeed or fail on my own. But I also still wanted to know that my parents were there and cared. Sometimes we used email instead of phone calls, because you can check it when you want/ when you have time. Your son might read an email today, but not respond right away - but it's still a reminder that you care and are there thinking of him. Is this his first year? If so, it's a big adjustment period for you both and I'm sure he's really occupied with settling in and adjusting to how different college is from high school.

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   Posted 9/7/2010 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I definitely have a racing heart wen I get hot. I hear that being warm can also raise your blood pressure a little, but I've never checked when I was hot.

My heart races when I am outside AND when I am sleeping and get hot under the covers. I have to go find a cooler place or get an ice pack to help cool down my anxiety.
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   Posted 9/9/2010 2:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm new to this forum - this is my first post. What a coincidence that this is the first thread I read as I had the very same problem recently. My boyfriend who lives a long way from me just stopped calling - no explanation, just said he wasn't coping and needed to not talk to me for a while. This really increased my anxiety, which I had got pretty much under control recently, and it was the same - I would wake every morning with my heart racing, when I thought about him during the day my heart would race and was up to 76bpm compared to normal which for me is about 60bpm. For me the best solution is just to sit down or lie down in bed and concentrate on my breathing until I feel calm again. I also tried to concentrate on thinking of other things, not just focusing on the fact that he was hurting me. This was not so easy to do! The funny thing is that after two weeks we met up and the reason he didn't want to speak to me was nothing to do with me, he simply had a lot of problems himself and found that my demanding to speak to him was only increasing the pressure. So I was all upset with a racing heart and massive anxiety about a situation that really wouldn't have been a problem at all if I had not let my thoughts run away with me! Controlling my thoughts, that is the solution - if only it was so easy!!
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