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   Posted 11/2/2006 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I wonder who else here is very focused on their heart? I have been getting the PVCs and the racing heart for quite some time now. I had everything checked out with a cardiologist and he said if I could not deal with the symptoms then I could take a beta blocker, but my heart itself is healthy. I do not want to take one, but I am constantly focused on my heart. It seems like if I did not have the racing heart or skipped beats then I would not have anxiety at all! Does anyone here take a beta blocker? Could my anxiety be causing the heart symptoms, or is it my heart causing the anxiety?

I just recently stopped taking my birth control pills so I know that my hormones are all over the place and this could be causing some anxiety, but until today I was actually feeling quite good!
I just want to know that I am not alone and there are others out there who are always focused on what their heart is doing, etc.

I am not on any meds now, but I am seeing my psychiatrist and my therapist for the first time next Monday.

Thanks! I hope everyone is having an anxiety-free day!

Patty B.
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   Posted 11/2/2006 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I focus on my heart. When I have an A/P attack my mind is drawn immediately to my heart. My heart checks out to be good by the cardiologist as well. I am rather thin and can feel that thing doing the samba in my chest and when it goes on and on it upsets me. Whether the heart activities cause or are the result of anxiety for me I'd say both but lean more toward anxiety caused by heart palps. I do not take beta blockers and do not wish to. However since I have started taking paxil I have lost the little prewarning feeling I get before palps and now the palps just happen and are over with and I can move on.
I'd like to know how you make out.
Patty B.

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   Posted 11/2/2006 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I used to have the same problem, I did take a beta - blocker with Klonopin and it helped loads. My heart is also healthy, but when you get palps and skipped beats it sure doesn't feel like it. I would try the beta - blocker just to see if it helps, I don't think it can hurt. By the way WELCOME!!!!
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   Posted 11/2/2006 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
jrebecc, I completely empathize with you. My main and most severe symptom of my PD is chest pain/heart palpitaions/shortness of breath. And it scares me each and everytime, no matter how hard I try to control my thoughts. I also experience pain in my left arm/neck as well as the tingling in the hands and feelings of 'being out of touch' with reality. I also have been checked thoroughly by a cardiologist (among many other docs) for heart problems and was eventually dx'd with PD. I know in my mind that LOGICALLY there is nothing wrong with me but I still can't seem to get over the fact of the VERY REAL symptoms that plague me. I have read that what happens during a panic attack physically is basically a crazy cycle of signals from the brain to the body cause this to happen. We feel it, we focus on it, and so it continues - so on and so on. I have also noticed that although my pa's seem to come out of the blue and for no obvious reason they always seem to occur when I am by myself (driving is bad for me) and am not intently focused on something. I assume this allows my overactive mind to focus on what my body is feeling. I am overly sensitive to everything going on in me physically - a common trait among PD sufferers. My PD also flares up during times of change making it very hard for me to adjust. But I also believe that I am blessed as well. I am a stronger person for it and am better able to help others and have compassion for people that struggle with this. So I continue the battle! I just wanted to let you know that you are by no means alone! I wish you well - keep on fighting and be grateful for the chance to strengthen yourself. If you ever want to talk I am usually in chat at the end of the week (Thurs - Sun). God bless...   Idie

Now that we're here, so far away,
All the struggle we thought was in vain.
All the mistakes one life can take,
They all finally start to go away.
Now that we're here, so far away,
And I feel like I can face the day.
I can't believe that I'm not ashamed,
To be the person that I am today.  

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 11/3/2006 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I completely know what you are going through. My heart is my MAIN focus of anxiety. It will start racing out of the blue for no reason ..wont even be having an attack...but the min it races BOOM here comes the panic and i swear i have a bad heart. I too have been checked out and my heart is fine, but i still always think they MUST be missing something because it just beats so fast for no reason. I dont take the beta blockers because i primarily have low blood pressure and that makes it even lower. But i heard they work great for other people who cant take them. Just remember you arent alone and I hope that helps some, I know it does me! God Bless hun
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