Can my anxiety kill me

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Only Recently I was admitted to the ER because of chest pain i was experiencing. I knew this was heart unrelated from the start as the chest pain i was experiencing had belching and it was under my left breastbone so i undoubtedly knew it was my stomach. However, i get really anxious in hospitals and when i was getting my blood pressure checked it was 170/100 with my heart going 135 beats per minute. I was there for four hours and i was that anxious throughout the whole time period, if not even more so on occasions when the monitors were not on me. Lately i am generally an anxious person and quite worried alot of the time so i can only imagine that my blood pressure must be very high because of it. I'm really scared that if i don't get this under control that i actually will do irreversible damage to my heart and i'm only 19.

Other details - i am 6ft at 72kg and i do a lot of weight lifting and running so even with my active lifestyle should my blood pressure be so high??

Thank you in advance for your replies and time

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    Hi Gary, I too have your fear. Last time I was in the ER i was experiencing left side numbness, palpitations and severe left arm and chest pain. I felt severely nauseous and i thought i was going to die. My blood pressure was 160/60 and my heart bpm was around 160. I'm 17. The doctors took a trace of my heart and said all was fine and they told me my high systolic and low diastolic number was due to a surge in my blood pressure. It was all panic. A main anxiety symptom is gastrointestinal problems like pains in stomach, indigestion and heart burn which all scarily enough replicate symptoms from a heart attack. Another thought, your blood pressure could be higher due to your weight lifting as this will put a bit more strain on your heart depending on how much you are lifting. Now, I'm not saying weight lifting is bad for you but if you are fearing your blood pressure i would watch how much you are lifting as this can subconsciously be adding to your anxiety without even knowing it. If you run often, your cardiovascular health will be fine. If its your stomach that's bothering you, try watch the food you eat i.e alcohol/spicy foods for example as they can cause issues. I'm sure this is just anxiety as i suffer from hellish indigestion and stomach pain but my main fear is cardiovascular health. I hope this helps! Josh
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      Thanks Joshua, that really put my mind at ease to some degree as i don't feel so isolated with my experience. I do suffer really bad with indigestion and this can fuel my panic as well because of the constant pain i have centred around my chest. I'll probably have to take a break for a while off the weights while i get my anxiety under control as its starting to get unbearable now. Thanks again and good luck in your anxiety endeavours
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    Hi Gary;

    I like yourself are very new to this site.

    I am shocked at the amount of young people like yourself who are so present in here.

    I am not a medical practitioner by any means more like a 53 yr young guy with lots of chronic and complex health issues , all my physical problems will only get worse when my mental health issues are at work attacking my mond and soul.

    I wonder if your issues of lately with your anxiety is a result of pushing your body to hard at your age.

    It also makes me think about myself when I forget to work on my emotional side and only work on the physical.

    It is very typical of the male figure to hold things away from others and you may decide through these frightening epasodes that have taken you into A+E and have your heart monitered to spend sometime alone and have a chat with yourself to see if there are any underlying issues that need addressing .

    Left un attended these issue/s may lead to futher frightening experiences and more visits to the hospital .

    We men tend to think we can handle these things but more often than not they have to be channeled some way and come out.

    I may be very wrong but I am only seeing things from where I am sitting.

    If there happens to be something that is having such a serious effect on your body thats been hanging around inside for a long period then of course it is eventually going to have concequences on your physical well being.

    I would encourage you to pace yourself and slow down some what .

    We often find answerts when we are alone and sitting with ourselves and then once you know where the issue lies then contemplate finding someone you feel safe to in talking things out.

    I would not want you to be in my position of having acute and severe anxiety that overwhelms me today.

    Its extremley difficult and such a hard oad to find where recovery belongs.

    I hope you dont mind me speaking openly and as best as I can in this way to you.

    best Wishes

    PJ

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      Now that i did look into it i have been pushing myself pretty hard emotionally as i have been coming up to the final weeks of my college year and i've been juggling work with that aswell. So i am just hoping now that when i finish college i should be anxiety free. Thank you ozzie really appreciate your helpful response
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      Hey its no secret I need you Gary as much as you need me.

      We may be alone in our fight to find freedom in our body, mind and soul today but when we begin to openly talk about our issues to each othere we are actually allowing each other to set us open to find that freedom in our lives we really want.

      Stay on board Gary and lets see through this in a collective way right to the end

      PJ

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