A 27-year-old male asked:
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can anxiety cause your heart rate to stay increased for hours/days? heart x-ray, ekg, blood work normal. sinus tachycardia from anxiety?

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Dr. Kenith Paresa
Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
EKG cannot be normal: Short answer, yes anxiety CAN cause elevated heart rate, duration varies with degree of anxiety (episode vs. chronic). An EKG should not be "normal" however, as sinus tachycardia would show up and make an EKG abnormal. This may require the attention of a local internist or cardiologist to further clarify, identify and treat or counsel.
Answered on Jun 14, 2017

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