Anxiety or Heart Problem? I'm 17 years old!

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Hi. I'm 17 years old and over the past month or so I've had these GOD AWFUL LIFE CHANGING symptoms of both anxiety AND heart disease amongst other things. I'm a bodybuilder and have high fitness levels. I go to gym as often as I can to stay healthy. My diet is horrible however. I eat anything. That is my life. 

Heres how it started. 

About a a month ago I woke up to my heart beat being extremely hard and I could feel it constantly like it was gonna jump out of my chest. I ignored these symptoms passing it off as nothing serious. A week or so after that I still felt it and began to feel concerned for my heart. One day I was at my friends, was perfectly calm one minute but suddenly his mother and cousin came home and I felt so fatigued and really sh*tty. Worst feeling ever. Normally I'm great around people. So I left his home and went home. I was at my nanas at the time and told her. I told my cousin who I'm close with and go to gym with. He tried telling me it's nothing serious and probably stress but I get these symptoms when calm. Anyways days go by and I go to gym. Suddenly midway through workout I can't get a satisfying breath. Breathing starts okay than at the end of the breath it feels my chest is blocked and can't get that last bit of air. Than I felt weak. I began to panic thinking I was having a heart attack. My left arm felt tingly so I went home. I sat down and got dry mouth and my heart rate was 120-130. I told my nana and we dialled 111. They told me to go to hospital so I did. My heart rate was persistently 120. They hooked me to e ECG (sorry if wrong spelling) and observed me. My heart rate was going from 90 to 130 to 110 for 6 hours straight!! I felt adrenaline soaring through me. I was shaking on my hospital bed and couldn't keep still. They gave me a beta blocker and I felt amazing. Normal. They kept me in over night. I still had symptoms days after and to this day. 

Over the the years I had chest pain but it was quick sharp stings like anxiety ones. Not a crushing feeling but now it ranges from dull to stings and lasts for periods of times. 

A week ago ago I had my first real panic attack and it was terrible. I feel I have health anxiety I tell myself it's that but I also think more it's my heart. I'm waiting to hear from a cardiologist to get the all clear / bad news. All together I've had about 2 panic attacks. Maybe 3 this past week or two thinking its a heart attack coming on. Please help I hate this!

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    I know the feeling I get a fast heart rate and pains and feels like it's beating out of chest I have noticed this in the last month and I also think I have health anxiety as this has happened Since I had a viral infection as was taken to hospital and ever since then I have not felt the same. So I know how you are feeling.

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    As a person who is also into bodybuilding I can relate to the worry when in the gym.

    Are you taking any PEDS or stimulants? Ephedrine included?

    That aside...what you have gone through is exactly what happened to me. Difference here is im 39.

    My first panic attack came out of the blue with the almost exact manner in which you describe. I went to the hospital and hooked up to ecg and my HR was up at 120 for few hours. I then went orivate and got echo done. My heart got the all clear but now i have anxiety relating to my heart and breathing where its a vicious circle.

    Once you get the all clear you will then need to manage the anxiety. But getting the all clear will help significantly. I can relate to the short breaths and feeling that somethijg is blocked as once the brain recognises that thought a sufden releasr of andrenaline can start and then you are in a full panic attack

    But right now....first thing to do is get the all clear on your heart and potentially lungs and overall health.

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      No stimulants or anything like that. It's relieving to know others have it the same however tragic it is. Thanks for your support pal and I hope you beat it man. 

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    Cole maybe you need to be on beta blockers to help your heartbeat from being too fast and then you should be OK again.  Ask your Dr and see if that would help.
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    Don't worry about the types of chest pain mate, I've had everyone imaginable, short sharp stings, heavy crushing, chest pains that took my breath a little bit..

    I've had every test going on my heart and they've all come back normal, the more you concentrate on your heart the more symptoms you'll get from it. 

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