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I'm 22 I have had about 10 ekgs and one eco test all fine so why do I still from time to time think something's wrong with my heart? Aniexty anybody?

I'm 22 I have had about 10 ekgs and one eco test all fine so why do I still from time to time think something's wrong with my heart? Aniexty anybody?

Need more info: While ecgs and an echo can diagnose most serious heart conditions, they don't catch them all. But for an otherwise healthy 22 year old with 10 normal ecgs and a normal echocardiogram, it is very unlikely that you have a serious heart condition. What is the specific symptom that you experience to lead you to believe something is wrong with your heart? Why did you undergo a liver biopsy? ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Electrocardiogram (Definition)

Electrocardiogram (ecg, ekg) is a print-out of the electrical forces detected by electrodes on the chest wall, as electricity travels through the heart with each heart beat. The electrodes are placed in different positions, and each position "sees" the electrical activity of the heart from its own vantage point. Abnormalities in signal detected at chest surface ...Read more


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Had about 3-5 EKGs and 3 Chest Xrays (over a time period) for arrythmias but my heart is still normal? Test accuracy? Should I seek further eval.?

Had about 3-5 EKGs and 3 Chest Xrays (over a time period) for arrythmias but my heart is still normal? Test accuracy? Should I seek further eval.?

Arrhythmias: Further evaluation would depend on the problem and the degree of symptom aggravation you are experiencing. A discussion with your doctor about it is the best next step for you to take. If the symptom isn't really bothering you and if there is no sign of significant heart abnormality, you may not need more testing. ...Read more

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I have anxiety. Worry about my heart. I've had 4 ekg and blood tests that were normal....would they have found something wrong if it was there?

I have anxiety. Worry about my heart. I've had 4 ekg and blood tests that were normal....would they have found something wrong if it was there?

Cardiac neurosis?: If you've also had an echocardiogram and a holter, and they were normal like your EKG, and you can keep up with your peers in your favorite athletic activity, your heart's fine and dandy. Here's what you need to do, Trav. Find a fitness sport that you really enjoy, and get into it really hard. You'll feel your heart getting bigger, healthier, and able to work harder for you. Embrace it. ...Read more

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Hi I have really bad health anxiety.my heart in particular. I had ekgs, echos,stress test, etc done about a year ago. Should I worry?! I'm scared?!

Hi I have really bad health anxiety.my heart in particular. I had ekgs, echos,stress test, etc done about a year ago. Should I worry?! I'm scared?!

Anxiety: Anxiety will not cause medical problems, but it can make life miserable. There are great treatments available- talk to your doctor. The feelings can be very scary. ...Read more

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Hi.about 8 months ago I got an echo, multiple ekgs.a stress test and blood work and everything was normal. Anxiety about my heart is back?! Advice?

Hi.about 8 months ago I got an echo, multiple ekgs.a stress test and blood work and everything was normal. Anxiety about my heart is back?! Advice?

You may be: The type of person who expresses his/her emotions bodily. Normal bodily feelings can become the focus of phobic feelings. A mental health professional can help w/this. Clinical hypnosis is one option. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I had a normal EKG reading, but weeks after im still having chest pains should I worry about a heart attack?

Can you tell me if I had a normal EKG reading, but weeks after im still having chest pains should I worry about a heart attack?

Less likely: A nl ekg does not completely exclude active heart disease. If there are persistent symptoms cardiology eval with echo, stress test and cardiac enzymes may be in order. If these tests are neg and symptoms persist atrial of nsaids for costochondritismay be helpful. ...Read more

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If all my heart tests are normal(ekgs, echo,stress and blood work) and I had them done a year ago.should I still worry about my heart? High anxiety?!

If all my heart tests are normal(ekgs, echo,stress and blood work) and I had them done a year ago.should I still worry about my heart? High anxiety?!

You should not.: Worry. Heart disease does not come back that fast after normal tests done a year ago for a person at age 30. Heart disease in general a disease of elderly. ...Read more

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Should I worry about my heart at age 28? Normal ekgs(just shows fast heartrate), normal echo shows normal function, stress test good, blood work good?

Should I worry about my heart at age 28? Normal ekgs(just shows fast heartrate), normal echo shows normal function, stress test good, blood work good?

Exercise ; eat well: Sounds like your heart is in good shape from your tests. Prevention is always the best. Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet (low fat, low cholesterol) to prevent any heart problems in the future. Some people have heart attacks at an early age. Genetics, poor diet, and lack of exercise often play a role. ...Read more

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Do I have any reason to worry about sca/or heart attack at age 28? Normal ekgs, normal echo shows normal function, normal stress test and blood work?!

Do I have any reason to worry about sca/or heart attack at age 28? Normal ekgs, normal echo shows normal function, normal stress test and blood work?!

Heart attack prevent: You are too young to have a heart attack unless drugs are involved (meth) or significant family history of premature cardiovascular disease. You're on oxycodone. Chronic pain can cause palpitations. Exercise will strengthen your health. Stay out of trouble. You shud be fine. Your chest pain and cough may be due to undiagnosed asthma or just plain anxiety. Check with your doctor. Test your lungs. ...Read more

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Heart palpitations more relative at night. And probably from my worrying about it. 22 years old ekg, stress test, holter all good, costondritis aswel?

Heart palpitations more relative at night. And probably from my worrying about it. 22 years old ekg, stress test, holter all good, costondritis aswel?

You're right: You are young and work-ups have been done to assure you have no heart problem. You are worrying yourself to death. Occupy yourself with things to do, things your really enjoy and I am sure you will feel much better. Sometimes solitude and too much free time can make us feel everything that can be wrong. Correct both and you'll live a healthier life. ...Read more

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Should I worry about sca if my ekgs. My echo. My stress test. My blood work are normal. I'm 28 yrs old with no family history of heart disease. Help?!

Should I worry about sca if my ekgs. My echo. My stress test. My blood work are normal. I'm 28 yrs old with no family history of heart disease. Help?!

Low risk: With no family history, and the normal tests you described, you are at extremely low risk. Take good care of yourself and enjoy life. ...Read more

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Worried about my heart, normal ekgs(just fast), echo and stress test, chest xray good, blood work normal. Do I have any need to worry?!

Worried about my heart, normal ekgs(just fast), echo and stress test, chest xray good, blood work normal. Do I have any need to worry?!

Normal data: At 30 with all that normal data, you should avoid smoking, eat a mediterranean diet, get aerobic exercise 30min, minimum daily and enjoy life......... ...Read more

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Been sleeping only 3-5 hrs a night for about 3 weeks now. Worried about heart. Ekg. Echo. Stress test. Blood work normal. Worried about chd and sca?!

Celebrate life: Don't waste your youth worrying about such things! We know what causes sudden death. The studies you have undergone have excluded them. Exercise every day, don't smoke, don't use illegal drugs, don't drink and drive, and obey the speed limit. Live life enthusiastically. ...Read more

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Worried and scared about sca and or heart attack. Normal ekgs. Normal echo. Normal stress test. Normal chest xray. Good blood work. Should i be worried?!

Worried and scared about sca and or heart attack. Normal ekgs. Normal echo. Normal stress test. Normal chest xray. Good blood work. Should i be worried?!

No: However, if you remain worried, please get help for your anxiety by seeing a psychiatrist and an initial diagnostic examination and treatment recommendations, followed by psychotherapy evaluation. Living with anxiety can be miserable. It is generally very treatable. Please seek help. You are worth it and you deserve it, as do those you love, since it undoubtedly impacts them as well. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can an ekg, chest x-ray, and blood tests tell the doctor whether you have a weak heart?

Yes and No: The xray and ECG can point to a variety of cardiac conditions, but "weak heart" usually implies something called systolic dysfunction which is usually diagnosed only by an echocardiogram. ...Read more

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I am 41 yr old woman. Taking blood pressure med. Stress test EKG chst xray normal. Still, have anxiety about heart attack.?

I am 41 yr old woman. Taking blood pressure med.  Stress test EKG chst xray normal. Still, have anxiety about heart attack.?

Stress test normal: If your stress test is normal at your young age then it is a pretty good sign that your heart is healthy at this point. The best things you can do to keep your heart healthy are to manage the risk factors for heart disease:keep BP normal, don't smoke, exercise regularly, keep cholesterol normal, manage sugars if diabetic, and eat a healthy diet. If anxiety is an issue try counseling or meditating. ...Read more

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Worried about heart and sca?!.. Normal ekg. Normal echo. Normal stress test and chest xray. Blood work good too. Very nervous and high anxiety?!

Worried about heart and sca?!.. Normal ekg. Normal echo. Normal stress test and chest xray. Blood work good too. Very nervous and high anxiety?!

Why?: Treadmill stress testing with good exercise tolerance has a very good predictive value when normal. It is great that all your tests are normal. Why would you be worried? Any other history or experience? ...Read more

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Had normal Echo, Ekg, nuclear Stress test in December. Another norm Ekg last week? Having tooth-jaw pain for about a week. Heart, dental, or stress?

Had normal Echo, Ekg, nuclear Stress test in December. Another norm Ekg last week? Having tooth-jaw pain for about a week.  Heart, dental, or stress?

Quite the workup : Makes it unlikely to be heart related but truthfully the answer is likely in a more complete history than you can provide on here. That being said you should be reassured by your normal testing. ...Read more

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How do I get over heart anxiety? Constant worry about heart. Normal ekg. Echo. Stress test. Chest xray and blood work good. Need reassurance. Nervous?!

A delusion is: A belief that persists in spite of contrary evidence. We humans are very good at false perceptions, false interpretations, ; false conclusions. The most common error is to look only for confirming evidence. Look for evidence that could prove your belief is false. What other explanations are possible ; which are most likely? Talk to a mental health professional who treats anxiety. ...Read more