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Hi. I am in my early 50's and have suffered with panic attacks and anxiety for most of my adult life but have managed to 'cope' with it until now. My health has suffered more this last 18 months after having a severe chest infection which left me very breathless and no appetite and when i visited the doctor back in January 14, I was shocked when he told me I had a heart murmur and was very anemic. I was put on iron tablets and had a heart scan which didn't show anything significant. In May last year I was called in for an 'MOT' to check BP, weight, etc and although my BMI is around 20, don't drink or smoke and fairly active, my cholesterol was over 6! I was a bit of a chocoholic so gave that up straight away plus cutting down on dairy products. Had another test in November and was dissapointed to find it was exactly the same. My Doctor wasn;t concerned though and said I only had a 1 in 20 chance of having a heart attack! Asked for another test this month as I found out my mother has been on statins for years but didn't know what they were for as she never told me but my Doctor said it wasn't necessary. The last few months have been very stressful for me regards close family and work and I had a bad anxiety attack which ended up in hospital recently as my heart was racing. Had various blood tests including a heart blood test which all came back negative though they said the heart murmur may need further investigation. Weht to the doctors the next day and saw a locum doctor and have been prescribed 40mg propranolol which I have been taking 1 a day but still feel very anxious with a slower heart rate. Can anyone relate to this please as my anxiety is based around the heart murmur and cholesterol level.
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