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How can you tell the difference between anxiety and heart related pain?

How can you tell the difference between anxiety and heart related pain?

Examination: I would examine for other causes before diagnosing anxiety. We have a few tests and basic history and physical would narrow down the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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I've been waking up with a rapid heart beat recently. I have anxiety so is it related to that or a physical condition?

Full medical work-up: Any anxiety symptoms, including rapid heart beat and panic attacks, MUST have a full medical work-up before being labeled "anxiety". Special attention should be paid to cardiac, pulmonary and thyroid issues, but all systems should be examined. Excessive caffeine and tobacco are often problems. You are young so anxiety is most likely but a full eval is necessary. Best!! ...Read more

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What triggers your heart to suddenly feel swollen and sore temporarily. How anxiety related is this?

What triggers your heart to suddenly feel swollen and sore temporarily. How anxiety related is this?

Panic generally: People who experience panic reactions either due to traumatic experience or anticipatory anxiety will have feelings in their chest which may include shortness of breath hyperventialtion as well as the sensation of swelling and pain. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been taking 10mg of propranolol daily for several years to help with anxiety related increased heart rate. Are there longterm sideffects?

Hi,  I have been taking 10mg of propranolol daily for several years to help with anxiety related increased heart rate.  Are there longterm sideffects?

No: At this low dose there should not be any long term consequence. However i would suggest to you other eastern modalities. See my website drcynthia.Com for tips on meditation, hypnosis, exercise, etc. ...Read more

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Whenever i get heart palpitations, i take Xanax and they stop.I have no other symptoms with them. Is there a good chancethat they are anxiety related?

Whenever i get heart palpitations, i take Xanax and they stop.I have no other symptoms with them. Is there a good chancethat they are anxiety related?

Yes, but there is : Chance that they may be caused by a medical and/or other conditions. Some medical and psychological conditions present with palpitations/anxiety therefore will recommend you check it out with your pcp. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've had horrible heart palpitations for the last few days.not anxiety related.healthy 33 yr female.could it be related to ovulation?

I've had horrible heart palpitations for the last few days.not anxiety related.healthy 33 yr female.could it be related to ovulation?

Palpitations: Palpitations have many causes from anxiety through anatomic and physiologic abnormalities. The feeling of bounding usually relates to the volume of blood pumped with each palpitation. There is no simple single answer for the question. If you're bothered by the feeling should consult a dr. To see if the problem can be clarified. ...Read more

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I was put on atenolol(25mg daily) to control my anxiety related heart rate. I developed benign PVCS. Is it possible the drug can cause this?

I was put on atenolol(25mg daily) to control my anxiety related heart rate. I developed benign PVCS. Is it possible the drug can cause this?

Unclear question: Are you asking if atenolol can cause PVCs? It thats your question then the answer is no. Atenolol is a beta blocker, that is it blocks adrenalines irritating effect on the heart. Thus, it is actually used to treat symptomatic PVCs. Caffeine, insomnia, stress can all precipitate PVCs. ...Read more