""How long did it take for you to feel the effetc of the betablocker? How long til it help with your anxiety? xx ""
That was 8 years ago. I don't really remember. I know it could not have been long though. I know that I suffered for weeks though...because back then I took nothing. I guess to be safe I would say it took a week to get better with the Atenolol(beta) I also started Xanax and Imempramine. The beta slowed down my heartrate overnight though. Only becuase of the Beta blockers I can go on from day to day, thats for sure.
Another thing Vikky, you say the anxiety is so much to take right now...that must mean that your heartrate is always up....right?
I say take the beta blocker...especially since you have a hole in your heart that causes irregular heartbeat. Think about it, the hole in your heart causing the irregular heartbeat is probably what is REALLY causing your anxiety. The irregular heartbeat makes you think you are going to die of a heart attack right? That makes you scared, so it gives you constant anxiety.
The same thing goes for me, I am scared to death of having a heart attack because of my palputations. I then have a panic attack thinking about it.