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A 26-year-old female asked:

i have a cardiologist appt.coming up, but in the mean time my anxiety is unbearable.how can you distinguish heart probs.from anxiety?its hard to tell!

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Anxiety: There isn't enough information here to evaluate any other possibility but you certainly sound anxious. Wait for the cardiologist and see what is said, get help for your anxiety state.

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