Anxious about my heart

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I can ignore mostly all the other symptoms but when it comes to my heart I'm in constant fear! I get flutters, twitches and palpitations and it's so hard to ignore. I wake up with what feels like pain in my heart. Does anyone else deal with this? If so how do you ignore it?

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    i feel like you described my current problem. i m constantly checking my pulse, i have like cold flashes that start in my stomach and end up in my chest area.

    twitches, fluttering, i have them too. sometimes i m really aware of ny heartbeat that i get in panic mode. i have the pain you describe too. just so you know... you are not alone. for me this is the hardest to ignore, try being active with something see if that helps.

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      Thanks for the reply. But I'm glad I'm not alone in this as it is very scary, and I agree being so aware of your heartbeat just is no good. But I should be busy for the rest of the day, take it steady!
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      Hi fab.......

      I don't respond to everything on here, but when I see people who worry about their heart I feel I have to because I'm in the same boat.

      Sometimes if I get really bad palpitations it's nearly enough to bring on a full blown panic attack, I've had bad chest pains that have actually stopped me in my tracks, like a lightning bolt through my left pec.

      But as I've shared with a few fellow heart worriers on these pages, I've done CBT and basically been made aware that if it was bad it would have happened by now.

      I've had countless ecg's and wore 24 hour heart monitors and everything was fine.

      If you feel it's getting you down you could ask for some of these tests just for your peace of mind.

      All the best

      John

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      Hi,

      I'm in a very similar boat as I strted to expereince chest pains last year and after 2 visits to A&E (diagnosed with anxiety related chest pain) , numerous ECGs, 24 hour heart monitor, echo cardiogram and cardio MRI (diagnosed with a heart murmur), I still worry about my heart. I have had a 6 week course of dealing with worry and felt fine for a few weeks and then it just starts again.

      Stuart

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      Thanks for the reply! I've only had one ECG and that was around 2 months ago and it came back perfectly fine and I'm sure my GP would of sent me to a cardiologist if she was concerned. It's just frightening in the moment! Plus I actually got a call from a psychologist and will be starting CBT in around 2 weeks which is very good news, so hopefully I'll learn to cope with symptoms better.

      Take care!

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    Hey fab ... i have been suffering this situation for quite some time now .... i am a huge hypocondriac about my heart too..... i fully underatand that its only anxiety with me but still small things push me back to this hell ..... i can gladly say that i have come over this for a few months now .... however the previous scene of anxiety for me lasted for about an year and was worst than ever..... it started with random pains in my chest and then after soem time due to some reason (may be wrong sleeping posture or so) my neck started paining and also my left hand ..... slowly and slowly i started paying a lot of attention to it ..... i would notice any sensation in my body which generally people ignore ... then some day i read a news of a person getting heart attack ... the i started relating things to my heart .... i started browsing net for symptoms .... as soon as i would read a symtom the next day i would start getting them making the situation worse .... i visited a physician who checked my pulse rate which was quite high as i was very scared and anxious .... he did an Ecg and took me to a heart specialist as my pulse rate was vey high ... she saw repoet and smiled and said every thing was normal ... she talked to me ... and when she saw i wasn't satisfied she did a 2D echo test ... she said that was also normal and it was just anxiety ..... the physician told my vit D and B12 were low ..... after some time one day i decided to ignore these symptoms and started a healthy scedule ... running around 2 KMS in early morning .... having black tea ... talking to people .. ignoring symptoms and heart beats etc .... playing in evening and a walk after dinner and sleeping early by 11 in night .... also i tried a CBT app on android to help me ... and that worked wonders for me .... i got over it slowly in a month .... i am again feeling some distress from 2 days but this time i am fighting it from day1 ... its just anxiety ... nothing else .... just follow a good routine and believe that its only anxiety and it will go with time once you ignore it ..... it will not vanish suddenly but will go gradually ... all the best
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      Thanks for the informative reply it was nice to hear your story and how you're dealing with things! I'm confident I will get over it! I've been given beta blockers so hopefully they will stop the palps and fast heart beats etc. best wishes x
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    Hi, I'm sorry for what your going through. I'm going through the same thing. I've been to see a cardiologist and my heart is fine but I get what is called ectopic heartbeats which are completely common and normal. But even though I have this information I still got major health anxiety over my heart, I can ignore the other symptoms but when it comes to the flutters, skipped beats, flip flops etc, I get myself into a right panic and end up making myself ill.

    Try and do something to distract you like listen to music, sit out in the garden, easier said than done I know. Your not alone. X

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