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Does anxiety make heart hurt?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lars Erickson
Pediatrics - Cardiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Stress and anxiety can result in symptoms that we usually consider physical, even when we are not feeling "stressed" or "anxious" at the time.
Chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness and palpitations are very common "stress" symptoms. Also, symptoms due to actual physical problems can be worsened by stress and anxiety.

In brief: Yes

Stress and anxiety can result in symptoms that we usually consider physical, even when we are not feeling "stressed" or "anxious" at the time.
Chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness and palpitations are very common "stress" symptoms. Also, symptoms due to actual physical problems can be worsened by stress and anxiety.
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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatrics - Cardiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Chest pain, yes

Anxiety can cause chest pain from tightening of the muscles of the rib cage.
It can also cause significant increased heart rate. These symptoms together can certainly feel like heart pain. It is important to have a cardiac workup, which may be reassuring. Then it is safe to assume your discomfort is anxiety related.

In brief: Chest pain, yes

Anxiety can cause chest pain from tightening of the muscles of the rib cage.
It can also cause significant increased heart rate. These symptoms together can certainly feel like heart pain. It is important to have a cardiac workup, which may be reassuring. Then it is safe to assume your discomfort is anxiety related.
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Dr. Glen Elliott
In addition, anxiety itself tends to intensify awareness of any kind of physical symptoms, so the heart pain may feel much worse than it would if one were not anxious..
Dr. Arman Danielyan
Pediatrics - Psychiatry

In brief: Anxiety & chest pain

Anxiety may certainly cause your "heart hurt".
People who have anxiety disorders may experience all kinds of bodily aches and pains. Those pains typically improve after anxiety is treated. That said, you should see your doctor first and make sure your "heart hurting" is not caused by a real heart problem before blaming the anxiety for that.

In brief: Anxiety & chest pain

Anxiety may certainly cause your "heart hurt".
People who have anxiety disorders may experience all kinds of bodily aches and pains. Those pains typically improve after anxiety is treated. That said, you should see your doctor first and make sure your "heart hurting" is not caused by a real heart problem before blaming the anxiety for that.
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