Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Heart palpitations and anxiety

Heart palpitations are one of the most troubling symptoms of anxiety especially when it's happening for no apparent reason. I've dealt with these for many years now and have never really worried about them but lately, they've been happening more and more, and I've become increasingly disturbed. When I feel my heart racing I'm almost certain that I'm going to suffer a heart attack and die right then and there even after the palpitations have disappeared, the implications of them remain stuck in my mind, and I'll find it incredibly difficult to breathe and remain calm.

Today I visited my doctor, and I felt convinced that he wasn't going to take me seriously and would put it down to my anxiety playing up. However, he really listened and began to ask me some questions such as

How much coffee and tea do I drink? Usually around 4 cups a day. 

Do I drink energy drinks? No, because I cannot stand them much too sweet for me.

Do I exercise? 
 Not really which is bad I know, but I do walk my son to school each day which is a good twenty-minute walk there and back, 

Do I monitor my pulse?
Well, of course, I'm practically glued to the Pulse app on my phone.

He listened to my heart, took my blood pressure and told me everything seemed normal apart from a fast pulse rate, which is pretty normal for me I've always had it and they never seem concerned.
He ordered me to have some blood test right away which meant about ten minutes after my initial appointment, which instantly freaked me out I mean why did he want them so urgently?
He encouraged me to give up tea and coffee for two months and drink herbal drinks such as green tea or jasmine and then come back in a few days when he receives my results. This would seem pretty standard to some people but for me, it's terrifying because I'm very impatient, and will now fret every day until I know what's wrong.

Symptoms of Palpitations

Palpitations can make your heart feel like its

  • Skipping a beat
  • Beating really fast
  • Pounding 
  • Fluttering 
  • Can also be felt in your neck 
  • Can cause you to cough randomly 

Seek some advice if you have any of these symptoms

  • Dizziness
  • Blackouts
  • Confusion
  • Fainting 
  • Shortness of breath

If you are having regular palpitations and had all the necessary tests from the doctor, then some simple relaxation techniques could be very beneficial. 

How to relieve palpitations

  • Try some meditation or yoga
  • Journal
  • Drink herbal teas such as chamomile
  • Exercise
  • Deep breathing
  • Drink plenty

I've spent many years feeling these and nothing has happened to me yet, and I suspect it never will it's just my anxiety making me once again imagine the worst case scenarios. So if you have the normal symptoms of palpitations but no accompanying symptoms, then It could be anxiety, but I'm no doctor so it's always best to seek professional advice just to put your mind at rest. 

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