Why do I feel like I'm going to have heart attack?

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I haven't had a panic attack for over two weeks but today my heart started sinking and I keep getting a funny feeling like my breath is been taken from my throat. I don't have any pain but I'm so scared I'm going to have a heart attack as my heart won't stop palpitations. When I'm distracted they stop but then as soon as I think 'oh I haven't had that feeling for a few mins' it comes straight back sad I know this sounds odd but I tend to have these feeling and panic attacks more when I have my period? I'm 22. Any advice much appreciated

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    Hi just know u are not alone. Anxiety and panic attacks are one of ur own worst enemies. Ur body and brain are working against one another. I wish I could take my own advice but that's how anxiety works. Panic attacks can closely mimic heart attacks and I think it's very unlikely at ur age to be having one.

    I suffer with health anxiety so anything that's not normal for me sends me into complete melt down mode. Since January this year I have left arm.pain chest pains and shortness of breath. I have had the basic test and I'm told I'm.fine but every day I'm convinced I have a heart condition.

    I think this time must be it.

    I'm on medications can't say I've noticed a difference. I just don't know what to think anymore they say know ur body ect ect and I truly believe there is something wrong with me physically and the doctors are wrong cos let's be honest they misdiagnosed patients all the time. But again that's what anxiety does makes u believe somethings real when it's not

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      Charlotte you are so right that we are our own enemies.  But it is so hard to fix.  I had anxiety issues in my 20's.  Then for many years I was pretty good.  Now I am older. I have been thru night terrors & that is much better. then I woke up at night with heart palpitations & I saw the cardiologist a few times.

      I do take BP meds & it is controlled.    NOW I am waking up about 5 a.m.with shortness of breath.  I take a nerve pill & it gets better. But I am getting afraid to go to bed......

      Thursday I see the cardiologist again & I have an idea he will order some test.  I dread.  I worry about having a heart cath...but for sure I bet I have to do a stress test and or echo cardiogram.  It is all the waiting.

      If I am told it is anxiety I can then deal with that.  What tests did you have done?  We know we can't live forever but I would like to in good health smile  Wishing calmness to all because anxiety is such a burden to carry around.

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      I am the same. I can be fine during the day, busy, then my heart will drop and I will have a panic attack, I have panic attacks from the symptom. I do tell myself that I'm fine and it's highly unlikely I have a heart condition but when it keeps thumping/missing beats/dropping and all the other funny things it does, it makes me think this time there is something wrong. Then I have a huge panic attack which usually lasts all night on and off. Then I find ally fall asleep and wake up the next day fine?! Still here healthy as. It's like I turn into a completely different person when I have a panic attack and all the information and rational thoughts I have when I'm fine just don't stand in a panic attack.
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      We all fear somethings on some level but I think people like us with anxiety issues we find it hard to actually rationalise what's real and what's not. For me its anything to do with life threatening conditions and having to go or be in hospital. Heart attack is a very new thing for me only started in January and I have the exact symptoms of a heart attack and like I said I've had basic test. Physical exam chest xray 4 lots of bloods and 4 ecgs nothing has showed. I requested to see a cardioligist and all he did was talk to me about heart disease he did no tests at all. Although I'm scared about having the tests I'd rather have them and know for sure.

      What gets to me is the doctors who say ur young to have a heart attack and it's all in ur mind it's like they blame anxiety for everything

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    Lexie I understand your fear.  I was like you in my 20's.  After I had kids I got a lot better (believe it or not).  You will get better & I doubt you will die from this but it is so scary.  I get it.
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