Is my heart killing me or my anxiety ?!

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Ok hi all, first post and excuse my waffling I've been freaking out regarding heart health for years. I recently had a few A&E visits due to fast heart rate and anxiety, turned out to be sinus tachycardia no warnings for anything else. All the specialists at hospital told me it was ok and I was low risk as my cholesterol is only 5.9 and I'm only 33 years old with a relatively normal BP... 

havng anxiety however this didnt ease my worries, so took my concerns to GP, he assessed my brachial radial index... normal, my resting and recovery pulse... normal. 

Happy as a pig in **** I went on my way only to return to GP for a final reassurance, I asked him to perform an ECG as I had had one 3 years back that said "POSSIBLE" past infarction (t line / t wave something) and that had played on my mind ever since. Dr agreed to retest but informed me the automatic diagnosis machines are quiet often wrong and he was sure my heart health was good. Had the ECG and despite more recent hospital ones being all good (except for sinus tachy) this one again showed "Possible peri-infarction caused by heart block" Dr printed a report as he wanted to see the heart trace for himself and he said "I cant see what this thing is picking up everything looks normal to me, if someone showed me this and hadnt told me the system generated diagnosis I'd have said this was a normal ECG" I began freaking out in GP room, said 'what if you're wrong' and 'can i get a second opinion' he tried to reassure me further by saying my last 3 visits to A&E all with ECG's had no issues however to alleviate my concerns he'd get a cardiologist to look at the trace which he still fealt was normal. 

My worry is, should I trust the machine, or my GP's and other medical professionals that have told me im ok. This anxiety disorder is killing me sad 

Resting heart rate 

76 - 82 

Active heart rate 

120 - 130 

Heart rate recovery 

30+ in first minute 

BP Average 138/.84

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    I'm not a Dr, but I was a 3rd year med student and looking at your vitals. I would say they are perfectly normal also. What may of happened during your ECG is make a small movement or a slight cough, which would show up on a sensitive machine. Or it's possible that one of the leads was either faulty or briefly (less than a second) lost contact with your skin. Get that follow up appointment with the cardioligist and 24 hour heart tracing. Also it's worth noting that those of us that suffer from anxiety every single one of us are convinced there is something wrong our hearts. Getting some external validation from a heart specialist will go along way in giving you some piece of mind, don't worry yourself easier said than done, and the fact that your not on any meds should speak volumes that the Dr are'nt concerned, which should give you more confidence that there is nothing wrong.
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      ah ! now you say that the nurse pressed her 'vitals' a little too near my right arm so I moved my arm when the machine was still recording, this could be a false positive presumably, also as I'm large the pads weren't making great contact and infact the one that was just below my left armpit was virtually peeling off with the rest being held in place with that white bandage tape...


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      lol that would certainly effect the validity of the test. I think we can put it down to a mistake made by the nurse, who is fallible, just like the rest of us. Still see a cardiolgist get that 24hour heart tracing and put your mind at rest. I'm sure your absolutely fine. Have a good day mate, I found keeping myself occupied helped alot, and if i had "that feeling" I would read anything, back of a shampoo bottle, magizine, a cook book. This activates different areas in the brain and gives it something else to concentrate on, anything that had words on it and "that feeling" soon passes.
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    Hi Lee

    If your still worried get a second opinion

    Did anyone say it may be anxiety?

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    you just have a quicker heartbeat at over 100 bpm.  As you are young you should vbe able to cope.  Try and improove your cholesterol levels though as  they are a bit high.  Avoid cheese and some dairy often helps that.


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    You doctor knows best.

    About 5 years ago or so, a test said I had a heart issue, but my cardiologist determined the test was wrong.

    When is your appointment with the cardiologist? 

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