Heart issues

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I am 19 years old, don't necessarily meet the criteria for someone with a heart issues but I'm 90% convinced I have a heart problem. This all started since I was about 13 reading about young people suddenly die because cardiac arrest playing sport, I use to be really active but I'm not anymore. I experience symptoms daily but the most worrying is daily palpitations, tingling feet all day every day, and also whenever I place my hand on my chest (which is often) I feel my heartbeat feeling has changed to about an hour prior, it doesn't feel like a palpitation but the actual beat of my heart is completely different, this happens almost every day and I don't even know what abnormal heartbeat feeling is at this point, I have social anxiety and am starting to think I have health anxiety but my symptoms feel too real, I have an echo and holster in a few days, I'm also tired often and yesterday for the first time after having a drink had this sensation as if my throat was tightening which resulted in me coughing for like 5 minutes, I'm also aware of my heart, what makes me think that it may not be anxiety is that I don't feel anxious a lot but get all these symptoms everyday, maybe it's physiological at this point idk

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    And to clarify the thing about my heartbeat feeling different (which is really worrying) sometimes the beat feels sharp, other times dull, other times its as if I can feel something electric with the beat, and other times I feels normal, I really don't know what a normal beat is anymore, this can't be anxiety can it

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    It's good you are going for an echo and a holter monitor. That will make sure your heart is in good shape. Most of the time the palpitations are benign - but I know how troubling that they are. They contribute to anxiety. I have the palpitations pretty frequently... and I don't really know what triggers them. They say caffeine can cause them, alcohol, stress and of course anxiety. The main thing is to try not to worry - get your heart checked out and make sure it is fine - then take it from there. Also, magnesium is supposed to help. I take the magnesium, and it may help somewhat, but I still get them. Stay calm and see what the heart tests show. The best to you...

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      Thanks so much for replying, its not necessarily the palpitations that worry me too much but its the different heartbeat feeling, I've looked it up and can't find it anywhere or can't find anyone experiencing the same thing, its hard to explain but the easiest way to put it is that the beat of my heart changes, I can differentiate it from palpitations because i can often feel palpitations in my throat as for the different feeling beat, I can only feel that by obviously putting my hand on my chest, it may be anxiety but I'm just not sure, hopefully the cardiologist can clear it up

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    I'm also fairly skinny, maybe this has something to do with me noticing every difference when I place my hand on my chest?

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    First of all I have suffered with anxiety in the past, if you don’t feel anxious, it probably isn’t anxiety. You always know when it is anxiety. 

    Are you taking any medications at the moment? Do you drink a lot of alcohol or take any drugs?

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      I don't drink nor do I smoke, I'm 19 and slightly underweight, I know that I have social anxiety for a fact and maybe a mild form of health anxiety (I feel a lot of sensations and worry) I'm just not sure if health anxiety symptoms come on even when you don't feel anxious at that moment in time

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      When you say you put your hand on your chest and it feels different, what do you mean? Do you mean it is irregular? Or is it a fluttering feeling? Do you skip a couple of beats and then get compensatory ones all in one go?
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      Its not exactly a flutter or palpitation because when I get those I know because of the feeling I get in my chest and throat, its more so just a different feeling, for example the rhythm is normal but the beat feels different to how it might of felt say an hour ago, as if its coming from a different part of my heart or something, it's complicated but I'll make sure to bring it up to my cardiologist, maybe its anxiety I'm just nor sure

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      When you feel the difference put your finger on your pulse point on your neck or wrist and see if that is the same as your chest, if you understand what I am saying!
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    Hi, I often feel anxious and of course then I feel my heart acting up. Sometimes it's sharp pain and like you sometimes dull. Ive been to vascular, electrophysiologist, and reg cardiologist.. They all say based on their testing which includes holter 72 hrs...stress test... MRA, and more that it's benign. It's stressful and scary sometimes, but I've learned to divert my attention. This started when I was in my 20's...Im way past that now. Magnesium absolutely helps..Get all the tests done and then take it from there.. Stay calm as much as possible..Good luck

    ...Your young ...The body is an amazing machine..Stay as positive as you can.

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      & what I meant about the sharp and dull feelings wasn't necessarily about pain, I mean that when I put my palm on my chest to feel my heartbeat, sometimes the best fells dull and other times it feels more powerful/sharp, its hard to explain really

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      I think everyone is different. I too used to do that quit frequently. I have gotten away from doing that cause it made me more anxious. My grandson 26 also has this. I encourage him to divert his attention and now he takes magnesium. 400-600 mg a day...Take a walk, a bike ride or anything that keeps you from thinking constantly about it. Of course after your test are done... Good luck again.. Really, the body is quite amazing!

      Have a great day...

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      Another thing to try, is something called the valsalva manuever. Look it up online. My primary care physician mentioned that to me last month when I was there for my annual physical. I talked to him about the palpitations - and he is aware that I have them on and off regularly. Also, breathing techniques help when the palpitations are bad. See what your cardiologist has to say. Good luck to you.
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