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Heart in relation to Anxiety
mcampbell86 posted:
Hello, I am a 25yr old female and For the past 12 years I have had anxiety due to the facts that since I was 10 I have irregular heartbeats, palpitations, and a pounding heart feeling. I have been to doctors and had tests done a couple years ago but they all tell me it is my anxiety making these symptoms worse. I do have a slightly higher heart rate but nothing too serious they said. What they have never been able to answer is why i get these palpitations and feelings even when I'm not anxious. I get more tired when I walk up stairs or hills but I have recently been to a doctor and they said I have too much anxiety, but I can't shake the feeling they is something they haven't found. I just wanted to know why i still get palpitations and this pounding heart feeling all the time and they say it is normal. It just scares me a lot and want some clarity.
Thank you
Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
This must be scary for you! I'm glad that you keep checking in with the doctors.

Anxiety is very, very powerful. What are you doing to manage your stress? Here are some resources that you can check out to perhaps help you get some relief:

WebMD Anxiety & Panic Disorder Health Center

Anxiety & Panic Community

Stress Management Center

Please check back in and let us know how you are managing your anxiety.

James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
Anxiety and palpitations do sometimes come together - and it can be hard to know which came first!

It's very reassuring that you have seen doctors and had tests and everything came back okay. So it may be appropriate to also consider seeing your doctor about possible anxiety components of things too. Appropriate treatment of one could result in treatment of the other. And if not, then you have more information that you can use. Take care.

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