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What to do if there's constant fear of having a heart attack?

What to do if there's constant fear of having a heart attack?

Fear of Heart Attack: It is true that more men and women die of a heart attack than anything else. It isn't generally at age 35, though. I'm wondering what your family history is for cardiovascular disease, if you are obese, if you exercise or are sedentary, and what caused you to have this fear. Without knowing more, I can't say how grounded I think your fear is. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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What is the best medicine for anxiety? I'm on celexa (citalopram) and it doesn't work. I have a constant fear of having a heart attack like my father.

What is the best medicine for anxiety? I'm on celexa (citalopram) and it doesn't work. I have a constant fear of having a heart attack like my father.

Caution: Be cautious with anxiolytics. They can help, but are best used short-term as they can be very addictive. Perhaps a better long term strategy would be to understand why you are so afraid the same thing will happen to you as happened to your father. Your risk factors may be entirely different and you may really not be at risk. Also, consider an increase in the Celexa (citalopram) if you are under 20 g a day. ...Read more

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35 M with perfect echo stress 9 months ago. No fam his non smoker. Fear of having a heart attack. Fullness in upper abs acid reflux. Scared help :(?

35 M with perfect echo stress 9 months ago. No fam his non smoker. Fear of having a heart attack. Fullness in upper abs acid reflux. Scared help :(?

Heart disease: Having a normal stress echo is reassuring but you should look out for alarm symptoms like chest pain on exertion that occurs beneath your sternum and feels pressure-like. Risk factors should be managed like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, smoking, etc. Talk to your primary care provider about medication for acid reflux and reasons for your fear and anxiety around this subject. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to deal with my fear of having an heart attack please help?

How to deal with my fear of having an heart attack please help?

Fear of heart attack: My first response is to ask if there is a specific reason you are worried about having a heart attack. Did someone in your family have an early heart attack? It is true that more men and women die of a heart attack than anything else. It is important to know and manage your risk factors. Avoiding diabetes and metabolic syndrome is critical. Also, have lab tests for inflammation. ...Read more

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Always fearing I'm having a heart attack dr has ran numerous test to rule out heart so is it just anxiety/panic symptoms ?

Always fearing I'm having a heart attack dr has ran numerous test to rule out heart so is it just anxiety/panic symptoms ?

Rule out GERD and GB: It's a good idea to make sure your symptoms are not due to acid reflux disease (GERD) or gallstones. An Advanced Laparoscopic/Robotic surgeon would be the best type of practitioner to see next. ...Read more

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I m feeling fear of heart attack. What can I do to overcome this fear?

I m feeling fear of heart attack. What can I  do to overcome this fear?

Fear or heart attack: Consult your physician and express your fear. Basing on your risk factors and family history you will get an ekg, lipid profile +/- stress test. From this your future event cardiac event within the next 4-5 years can be predicted. Which provides reassurance. Then you could relax. ...Read more

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I have a fear of heart attack.. Got all the checkups done and all are negative. No family hisotry.can u ensure tht excercise would keep me away frm it?

I have a fear of heart attack.. Got all the checkups done and all are negative. No family hisotry.can u ensure tht excercise would keep me away frm it?

Unreasonable.: Fear is unfounded. Risk of heart disease within next 10 years is extremely low. Risk of dying or being injured from accidents, alcohol, or recreational activities is far greater. Reasons for misperception of risk are complex and should be explored with someone who can help you work through it. Regular exercise reduces risk, but since initial risk is very low there will be little net benefit. ...Read more

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Any tests that can tell if im at risk of early onset health problems? I have a fear of dying of a heart attack in my early 40s

Any tests that can tell if im at risk of early onset health problems? I have a fear of dying of a heart attack in my early 40s

Family history: Usually a family history (first degree relatives) of heart attacks or strokes can be a red flag for developing similar conditions in the future. This also applies for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension etc... The rule of thumb is if a serious condition runs in your family (1st degree relatives usually), be sure to mention it to your primary care doc, who would decide whether to screen you. ...Read more

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Is there anything available to increase testosterone without fear of heart attack stroke or heart disease and does chyron inhibit aromatase?

Is there anything available to increase testosterone without fear of heart attack stroke or heart disease and does chyron inhibit aromatase?

Med available: aromatase inhibitors are not used to increase testosterone levels but are employed in breast Ca as inhibitros similar to teamoxifen. A number of testosterone preparations are available mostly to enhance muscle replacement in those with low testosterone. Testim is a gel that is applied to the shoulders and upper chest tiw and helps elevate hormone level with affecting cardiac status. ...Read more

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Ok so i can stop the low dose aspirin without fear of heart attack or stroke? initially i was given aspirin because blood preasure was elevated 135/8

Ok so i can stop the low dose  aspirin without fear of heart attack or stroke? initially i was given aspirin because blood preasure was elevated 135/8

No: Low dose aspirin (baby aspirin) has hardly any side effects but lots of benefits. Why would you want to stop it? Discuss with your doc. And discuss benefits versus risks. I would almost never stop baby aspirin. No good reason for most patients, although there are exceptions. ...Read more

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Fear of heart attack - tight chest feel like can't breath, tired, agitated?

Fear of heart attack - tight chest feel like can't breath, tired, agitated?

Go to ER!!!!: See your doctor immediately. Although your symptoms maybe be minor there is no way to tell without a full medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What would cause tingling in left thumb and index finger while on a brisk walk? Constant fear of heart attack. Could this signal heart problems?

What would cause tingling in left thumb and index finger while on a brisk walk? Constant fear of heart attack.  Could this signal heart problems?

Highly unlikely: Your symptoms are atypical for coronary artery spasm or other forms of heart disease &i suspect the reason you are concerned is because it is on your left side which is where everyone focuses attention when it involves the heart. However, if you are worried or if there is a family history of heart disease then, your best bet is to ask your doctor for an opinion and an examination. ...Read more

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35 male indian, ER thrice EKG fine, echo and stress fine. Normal cholestrol. What can cause chest pain? Endoscopy fine too. Fear of heart attack!!

35 male indian, ER thrice EKG fine, echo and stress fine. Normal cholestrol. What can cause chest pain? Endoscopy fine too. Fear of heart attack!!

Anxiety: There are several reasons for non cardiac chest pain including muscle skeletal pain , esophageal spam, and anxiety. At your age, having heart disease is very unlikely but if you have strong familiy history of heart disease and you want to be 100% sure, you could have a cardiac CT. ...Read more

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37 M with normal echo stress chol and bp. No fam his or smoke. Fear of heart attack scarin me. Mild chest pain sob doc says acid reflux. Hate my life!

37 M with normal echo stress chol and bp. No fam his or smoke. Fear of heart attack scarin me. Mild chest pain sob doc says acid reflux. Hate my life!

The true statement: of greatest concern is "Hate my life!" You are at relatively low risk without significant risks other than being male. Symptoms are unlikely to be cardiac and it sounds like you have been evaluated. Find a counselor to deal with the real problem not the somatized cardiac symptoms. Your heart is broken but it is not diseased. Get help. Counseling does not mean you are crazy. Love your life again. ...Read more

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I have a fear being away from home and having a heart attack?

I have a fear being away from home and having a heart attack?

Cardiac fears: If you've had a heart attack before, you've survived a scary time & have also likely connected with cardiologists who took good care of you. Often there are also cardiac rehab programs to help you regain your strength and stability afterwards. Your physicians can advise you about your safety traveling, if you ask them specifically. Focused psychological counseling may help you also. ...Read more

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Is it true that it's really possible to get a heart attack from fright or fear?

Is it true that it's really possible to get a heart attack from fright or fear?

Maybe: But more likely from combination of underlying risk factors coming to conclusion! ...Read more

Fear (Definition)

I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! this is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more