Tachycardia and Anxiety

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   Posted 12/26/2006 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Anyone have tachycardia in addition to their anxiety?  I am not talking about the feeling like your heart races, I am talking about ACTUAL racing.  Appreciate your responses.
I have tachycardia that drives my heart rate over 100 a few times per day.  Not very pleasant during an anxiety attack.  It promotes attacks too.  Tests say everything is fine, but I feel crappy.

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   Posted 12/26/2006 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes it does...anxiety causing tachycardia and palpitation even some time more than 180 /min. , but when the tests showing no thing , it could be anxiety...you can talk to your Doctor about it.Rgd

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   Posted 12/26/2006 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi nolaman. I have tachycardia which is one of the main causes of my panic attacks. I have had about 100 EKGS ...all normal. The doctors all say the same thing. "Normal just a bit faster then normal." Only my problem is my pulse is NORMALY at 100 or so and when it races it can go through the roof. Its an awful feeling that I have dealt with for 6-7 years now. It does get some what easier to live with if that helps at all. I can actually have a racing heart WITHOUT panic attacks sometimes. I know it sucks but hang it there... ( as if there is another option) God Bless
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   Posted 12/27/2006 1:04 AM (GMT -7)   
It's okay! It's normal with anxiety I believe. My heart races to about 170 when I get really scared. But like hunniebee, my heartbeat typically is faster then most people's.
Bleh bleh bleh. Make me.

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   Posted 1/3/2007 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all you guys. That helps.

When tests all come back normal, but you feel a constant state of death anxiety - it is tough. Everyone thinks we are going mad, but at least there are a few others out there. I guess it will take time.

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   Posted 8/25/2011 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe I have the same thing.
I wish Iknow though whether it's the panic attacks that have started my tachycardia or the other way around.
It seems to be like a vicious circle and no doctor can give me a straightforward answer.
I've been to the ER too many times, I've had a whole bunch of tests all of which showed doctors no reasons to believe thare is something wrong with my heart, still I have these weird chest pains, it's like my upper ribs are on fire, and they radiate to my back, my arms ... it's a mess. I've been told to take ibuprofen as it looks like it's costochondritis and it will go away in 2 weeks...
I try to think positively, I try to reasuure myself that it will go away, but then the pain comes back and I'm back to square 1.
It's somewhat comforting to know there are these forums where people share their stories, but there are so many of us who have these problems, yet there is no black and white answer/solution.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 8/25/2011 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi MG and welcome! It is so frustrating trying to seperate anxiety symptoms from something that could be guenuinely a concern because all of the feelings certainly feel scary.

I think that a good rule of thumb to remember is that if you know that you suffer with anxiety, and you have done the responsible thing and have seen you dr. to rule out any physical causes...then you can start to really work on the anxiety issues.

What if anything have you tried for recovery? Therapy, medication, or a combination of both things is certainly something to consider. CBT was helpful for me in eliminating panic attacks. Even if I do get an isolated anxiety symptom, I can now manage it with out panicking...even a cardio symptom like palps, or a short run of tach.

I hope that your symptoms and pain ease up for you soon. Until then, please check out our Anxiety Resource Guide (main page 3rd post) for some great links to sites that teach relaxation and breathing techniques. Practiced daily, these can really make a difference!

Also, please feel free to start your own thread of introduction here if you'd like...this is an older thread that you have tagged on to, and more members may be able to recognized and welcome you that way:)

Take care,
Scaredy Cat

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

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   Posted 8/26/2011 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scaredy Cat:

thanks for getting back to me.
I guess you hit the nail in the head - it's so hard to separate anxiety from what may be a genuine health issue.
Like you said I've tried to rule out physical causes - cardiac ones anyway, and so far based on all the tests I have had it looks like my heart is in perfect shape.
So far I've tried medication - a beta blocker (even if some doctors said I should not be on it), and ativan for panic attacks. Soon enough I'll start seeing a chiropractor - I've already seen him once for an evaluation and he said he should be able to help me (I sure hope he's right). I've also tried hot pads for the chest pain and at times it helps, at times I can't even stand the touch of my clothes as they seem to aggravate the pain. Breathing techniques help to some extent, I've also read about pressing on your eyeballs during an episode of tachy, or placing an ice bag on your face and I've tried these. I'm unsure if they work or not since lately the tachy itself comes and goes in less than a minute.
Thanks for the info on the Anxiety Resources - I'll definitely look that up and give it a try.
I've already started a new thread and I'm looking forward to being a part of the community.


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