Surely this is heart problems and not exiety? Please help

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I have had a lot of shooting pains in my chest and got rushed to hospital a few weeks ago. 

Got ECG x ray and blood tests all came back find. I am continuing getting chest pain all over shooting most of the time. 

The main worry is i have been up from 4am this morning, keep feeling like my heart was waking me up with a shot. I have been working at the gym the last week and usually when i leave my heart rate is 130/140 when i am cooling down and around 100 when i am not active but today it started at 110 after hard work out then within minutes the machine said 58.

I was terrified, i walked staright out and never showered and went to doctors who said your fine your heart rate is 80 at the moment but i will get you a heart trace. 

All medical staff feel like there is nothing wrong and it could be the machine at the gym was broke but how is my heart rate down to 80 and how am i getting the pain in chest again.

Any advise would be great, nervous wreck and scared to sleep. 

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    I've had the same symptoms with my anxiety so this could just be anxiety. Have you been diagnosed with anxiety? 
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      Hi amy, 

      Thanks for your reply. I hope it is anixety i have never been diagnosed but had so many problems over the last year and they all lead back to anxiety. 

      Surely the heart rate would be not be down to axiety maybe a faulty machine? and the pains are supposedly acid.Even when i feel my heart rate it is lower. 

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      High heart rate is the main symptom of anxiety, mine is extremely high when I panic. Maybe speak to your GP about your anxiety, and you can get some treatment for it. The pain could potentially be because you're tensed up with stress/high heart rate- I get it too. Try and be reassured that your doctors haven't found anything smile 
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    Anxiety can do awful things to your body.  But that doesnt mean its the reason for all symptoms.  However, chest pains can be caused by so many things.  The thing is, I feel (and I may be wrong) that if you're known to be an anxious person, doctors assume thats what it is, and they dont always do enough to reassure the patient, and indeed it may be hard for them to do so, and they dont have an awful lot of time.  If you are really worried why not get someone to go into the doctor with you for support.  I take my partner sometimes.  I feel I will be taken seriously and there is someone to ask questions and listen to answers for me.  But if all possible tests are done etc, you must trust there is nothing seriously wrong.  You must also come to terms with the fact that most people live to a ripe old age, esp those who look after their body, but stress is bad for you. Some day something may well be wrong (and I say this to myself too) but I need to enjoy my life, therefore I must make the effort to find a way to cope and lessen anxiety, or I might as well not be here.  Its hard I know, but what is the alternative.
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      Thansk Anne for your reply, i know i am a nervous and axietious person but what worries me is why my rate was so low. We could put it down to a faulty machine but why was it 80 when the doctor checked even though i am normally over 100 without doing any work out surely aniety cant cause lowere heart rate?

      I am scared my heart is slowing down to stop.

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      You wouldn't know that your heart rate is over 100bpm usually without checking it. If you're checking it, it suggests that you feel like something is wrong, and that'll make you anxious, making your heart rate increase. It was probably 80bpm when the dr checked it as you we're sat down and more relaxed in the company of a DR
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      That could be true, i used to check my blood pressure and heart rate as i could feel it pounding but now it is opposite and i can't feel it and it is low sad
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      Not having palpitations is a good thing smile And a heart rate of 80, as I'm sure your dr told you, is nowhere near low, so try not to worry. Especially as you've only been taking your heart rate when you've been anxious and your heart rate is noticeably higher. 80 is probably your normal heart rate, and it goes up to 100 (which isn't high) when you're anxious. Definitely speak to your GP about your anxiety though. I hope you feel better soon smile 
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    This is something called a hypnogogic jerk (or hypnic jerk). It can be alarming but it is a perfectly natural state of sleep. If I had the same explained to me at 15, I wouldn't be where I am today at 30 when it comes to my anxiety.

    I'll post this again:

    Physiologically, your body is reacting the same way it would in a state of fear - overwhelming tension. To reduce the fear, learn to control your breathing.If the tension is in your chest, don't do what a lot of therapists advise and breathe into your diaphragm - breathe into your chest (because that's where the tension is) and take as much air in as possible through your mouth. Take in as much air as your lungs can physically allow.

    Hold that breath for 7 seconds. Breathe out slowly and then once all of the air has left your body, don't breathe in again for 11 seconds. Repeat as many times as necessary until the tension in your chest has been alleviated.

    Your head may feel dizzy - don't worry about it. Go with it. It will relax you. Make you feel slightly euphoric. You may feel tingling in your fingers and toes (also symptoms of heart attack) - don't worry about it. Go with it. That's 'good air' making it's way into your blood stream, flowing around your body, telling you to relax.

    Hope that helps.

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      No - anxiety usually causes an increased heart rate and your brain, believing you are in a state of fear, reacts accordingly by increasing blood flow which then increases heart rate.
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