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Had ekg, echo, &blood tests normal. any reason to fear cardiac arrest? severe anxiety & hypochondria. nauseous and sweaty. 18 years old

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Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
No reason.: Your age and the normal tests which i assume were part of a normal physical evaluation appear to make you anextremely low risk for cardiac arrest. So now you have to figure out why you are so anxious about getting sick and dying. Seeing a therapist would be the next step to help you get over this uncomfortable feeling.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
I'm glad that our correspondent has the insight to recognize how his mind is playing tricks on him. Wishing him better health through insight, and a productive and happy adult life.
Feb 27, 2013
Dr. Pareena Bilkoo
Cardiology 22 years experience
Heart attack: In setting of a normal ekg and echo sudden cardiac death and arrest is minimal. There are cirmustances where undetected electrical abnormalities can precipitate arrhythmias but those are rare. Seek help for your anxiety.
Dr. Joseph Shen
Dr. Joseph Shen commented
Cardiac Electrophysiology 31 years experience
Conventional EKG and echo are inaccurate tools to detect the causes of potentially life threatening Sudden Cardiac Death! Get a MCG!
Mar 2, 2013

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