Heart attack?

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Hi guys, really need some advice..

Iv had this problem since the beginning of the year but seems to be gradually getting worse..

I have pain in my chest, weird fluttering feelings too, pain down my left arm from sholder to hand, numb/achey legs, extream tiredness (even after a good nights sleep) and just the feeling of ' not been right'

I've had basic tests done by docs (blood tests, ECG and blood pressure) all been ok. So they have put it down to anxiety..

The trouble is, I have nothing to be anxious about so it really scares me.. Could these all be warning signs of a heart attack? I'm so scared that I'm going to have a massive heart attack cos of all the pains I'm getting....

Please help!!

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    I also have hot sweats and feel really dizzy and just uneasy.. These symptoms are every single day! Surly this can't be anxiety.. Should I go to the hospital? My left arm is the worst!! 
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      Hi Charlotte.

      I've been through exactly what you're going through now, and only recently have I been able to put it down to anxiety.

      Years ago I started having 'episodes' like you describe - I'd start getting a fast heartbeat, get dizzy and sweaty, feel like I was going to faint etc. I kept having these regularly for ages, and kept going back and forth to the GP and after various tests including ECG, 24hr heart monitors etc etc, I was told I was having panic attacks!  Not a chance as far as I was concerned, I really thought they were just missing something.  For whatever reason after a while I stopped having these 'episodes', until one night when I was on my own at home with my wife away and kids in bed.  All of a sudden the same happened again, but much worse - so much worse that I ended up on the phone to NHS Direct who told me to call an ambulance.  I went into hospital, but nothing out of place could be found - again it was put down to being a panic attack.

      About 8 months ago I was finally diagnosed with anxiety and depression, and once I finally admitted to myself what I'd been denying all these years, it all made sense.

      If you are still experiencing these symptoms regularly, you should go back to the GP and ask for some help with your anxiety - medication has done wonders for me for both my anxiety and depression, maybe it could do the same for you.

      Good luck, take care.

      Doug. x 

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    You dont have to be anxious about anything but subcontiously somethings going on i hope your symptoms dont get worse like mine do stay posotive and know that you dont have sonerhing serious wrong so try power through ive not had real tests dont just been put on meds and told its anxiety you need to talk message me 
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    I actually couldn't even count how many times i have thought that i was going to have a heart attack, what's even worse it would be even more difficult to calculate how many times i went to the doctor over my concerns about my heart.

    I used to constantly check my pulse to see if it is actually beating correctly and any sensation i would get on my arm or around the chest area would have my mind set on a path to "I'm gonna have a heart attack". Had to leave many parties or get together because of this. For me personally, it took about six months before i stopped being an irrational mess. I'm telling you this because i know exactly how you are feeling, i thought i was going to stay a paranoid mess forever and be forced to beome a recluse from fear. You will overcome this but it will take some time, you'll just have to try your best to accept that you’re not going to have a heart attack. The best thing i did was start running, it got me used to feeling the heartbeat race and naturally decreased my BPM so I wouldn’t feel it as often. I also always say to myself, if i was going have one i would have it during the run. I really hope you get better charlotte king regards.  

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    Hi Charlotte, don't make it worse for yourself. If the doctors have told you it's not a heart attack them it wont be.

    You need to pull through your anxiety, coz anxeity can cause a lot of problems which may look like heart attack. I went through anxiety for 10 years. If you would like to discuss this further then message me.

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    Hi Charlotte,

    you do have a reason to be anxious. You are anxious about how you feel, about the symptoms that you are experiencing. Your body and mind are tired, they have been registering your anxious thoughts causing your nervous system to respond by bringing on the symptoms. You must try and not get so bothered by the fast beating heart etc this is all normal with the state you are in. Every time you worry you have an emotional reaction and this emtoional reaction is registered by your body ie your nervous system. When this happens a lot it become tired so then small anxious thoughts cause you to panic. Relax eveything is ok! Jon

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    Hi Charlotte,

    Do not want to alarm you in any way, but do want to make you aware of my experience.

    My 2 brothers and my father have recently had heart attacks.  I went to my GP informing him of family history and also that whilst on holiday in Greece, returning only a couple of days ago, I had experienced bad palpitations and horrendous pain in my left arm and that I had had no energy for quite some time now and pains in my left leg which was previously diagnosed as sciatica were causing me real concern.  He carried out an ECG and blood tests (all clear) but I requested further monitoring as I was convinced something sinister was going on - he thought I was just suffering with anxiety and the pains in my left arm was possibly arthritis but because of my insistence referred me for a 24hr ECG.  After having the 24hr ECG which was carried out a week later and whilst waiting for the results 3 weeks later I had a heart attack on 4 August 2014  and ended up having 2 stents fitted. 

    It seems to me that an ECG only records a heart attack if it is actually happening at the time coz on the  morning my husband called for the paramedics I had 3 ECGs (all clear) over an hour or so and it was the 4th one whilst in A & E that showed the heart attack .

    I am obvioulsy not happy and now going through issues with anxiety and depression.

    I contacted the practice manager by phone as I did not want to do an official complaint. I felt let down by the GP and insulted to be told it was anxiety and most probably arthritis.  After speaking to the GP the practice manager got back to me and informed me that an assessment was made when I visited the practice and that the GP did the necessary and that he did over and above with carrying out the 24hr ECG apparently this was seconded by another GP at the practice (no surprises there).  I do not agree and feel that I should have, especially with family history been referred to see a Cardiologist Specialist,  As I see it no lessons learnt as the GP informed the practice manager that he felt my family history was not a relevant factor to be taken into consideration with my consultation.  RUBBISH in fact as I write this Charlotte it is bringing everything back and unless I do put a complaint in writing to CQC nothing will change at the practice and this is likely to happen to someone else. 

    I know that anxiety can be the reason for your symptoms but if you do have any family history or feel that there is more to your symptoms than stress ask to be referred to a Cardiologist Specialist - I wish I had.

    I am a 57 year old female who prior to my heart attack has worked full time for the last 42 years.

     

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      Oh no that's terrible, must be such a horrible thing to go through. Really do hope your feeling better now. 

      I did ask my doctor to refer me to a cardiologist but he refused saying I was far too young to have heart problems (I'm 23). I don't know what else I can do. I'm living with this daily and it's horrendous! Constant discomfort in my chest and left arm. Also feel so so tired and drained all the time. Did you feel like this too? X

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      Hi Charlotte,

      I had been feeling unwell with no energy for a couple of years but put it down to my stressful job and working full time at the age of 57 as colleagues were saying they also felt pretty much the same.  I work on a rehabilitation ward for the elderly and it was a nurse who took my pulse and told me to go and see my GP due to an irregular heart beat - I could feel it flutterinng and then thumping and knew things were not right.  I was told after the heart attack and whilst recovering in Coronary Care that with my family history I should have been referred to the Cath Lab - unfortunately the GP indicated that the 24 hr monitor would be sufficient to show up anything unusual from both my holiday and any ongoing problems whch would then if necessary would be addressed (the 24 hour monitor which should have taken 3 weeks for the results actually took 5 weeks and came back completely clear showing no problems whatsoever ( I would definitely say to anyone do not trust ECG's)  Make sure it is recorded on your notes that he/she is refusing to send you to see a Cardiologist - If you keep badgering him/her and insist on seeing a Cardiologist at least if all is well it will stop you worrying and calm the anxiety down.  Just for your own peace of mind Charlotte you need to push for a referral to see a Cardiologist Consultant.  Hope you get some answers and start to feel well again soon xx 

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