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Hello, I'm 22 and have been suffering from a racing heart, shortness of breath and occasional dizziness. It occurs when I drive, walk into some places and when I exert myself. I'm extremely healthy, 11% bodyfat, been working out for over 4 years.
I've had numerous studies done like; 24hr holter monitor, X-ray,bloodwork,echo,ekg,stress echo and all turns out to be fine besides having a benign arrhythmia. So based on my results my GP spoke to my cardiologist and he believes its anxiety. Does this sound like anxiety or do I still run the risk of having an underlying disease.

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cardiostarusa1 responded:

"Does this sound like anxiety"

No way to tell/know for sure via the Internet (which has serious limitations/restrictions), though, in general-only, it is well-known that anxiety (as well as stress) can cause various symptoms, even wreaking havoc on the entire body.

......"have been suffering from a racing heart, shortness of breath and occasional dizziness. It occurs when I drive, walk into some places and when I exert myself."

Worth mentioning here, as applicable to the patient, there is a condition known as paroxsymal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT), which typically causes a frightening burst/surge in heart/pulse rate that begins/starts and ends/stops suddenly (hence the term paroxsymal), which can last for just mere seconds or it can continue on for minutes to hours to days. SVT can send the heart into speeds up to 150-200 BPM, and sometimes, even as high as 300 BPM.

Symptoms that may/can occur with PSVT includes chest pain/discomfort/pressure/tightness, shortness of breath, lightheadedness/dizziness, and in uncommon to rare cases, syncope (temporary loss of consciousness, which includes passing out or fainting). Sometimes there are no symptoms.

Keep pursuing this particular matter until you are 100% satisfied/confident with the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.

Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.

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