Heart palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, and dizziness
Over the past few months I have been having heart palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, and dizziness which lasts only for a couple of minutes—maybe five at the most. I went to my doctor who told me it was probably anxiety attacks but sent me to a cardiologist for some tests. Everything came out normal, but I’m still having these episodes and they feel like something’s really wrong. I’m 30 years old and have never had anxiety problems before. How do I know this is just anxiety and why am I getting it now?
If we had a dime for every “heart attack” Abs has had over the last ten years, we’d be writing to you from our own island in the Caribbean. But here in Ohio, we’ve come to understand that cardiac symptoms are some of the most common for anxiety sufferers. The trickiest thing about anxiety is that the symptoms are physical and often mimic serious conditions. There’s a good scientific explanation for this, but you probably don’t want to talk about brain chemistry right now. So here’s what we know:
- You are 30, which is really young for a heart attack.
- You’ve gotten a clean bill of health from your cardiologist.
- Your symptoms are typical for panic or anxiety disorder.
As fellow sufferers, we understand your disbelief. Over time, however, it does get easier to accept. Especially with cardiac symptoms which, after months of not amounting to anything but emergency room bills, seem more and more likely to be attributable to anxiety.
Regarding the second part of your question, there are as many causes of anxiety as there are sufferers, and anxiety can come on at any time. While this may not sound reassuring, being part of a community like ours definitely is.
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