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Hi does anyone get rapid heartbeat if so how long for?
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First Helper sarahk
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replied June 24th, 2005
Rapid Heart Beat
I have been having rapid heart beat for 2 months. My doc is currently running some tests, but I think it's likned to my birth control. But you should get it checked out it could be a thyroid problem.
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replied June 24th, 2005
Experienced User
Did you have a ecg ? What is thyroid?
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replied June 27th, 2005
Rapid Heart Beat
If you mean an ecocardiogram my doc scheduled me for one on aug 2nd. Your thyroid controls your blood sugar and if its not working properly it could cause you to have a rapid pulse. Oh you might have meant an ekg I did have one, the read out was 122.
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replied June 27th, 2005
Experienced User
I had a rapid heart beat, it was all connected to my anxiety and panic attacks. As soon as I learnt how to control the anxiety, I learnt how to control my heart beat.

Mine used to beat so hard and fast I thought I was going to die of a heart attack. I had all the medical exams, ecg's etc but everything was fine.

Pannic and anxiety is a real physical condition that is mostly controlled by the mind. There are things you can do to help beat it. Its not easy and it does take time, but I can now safely say I have fully recovered and my life is back to 'normal'!
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replied June 27th, 2005
Experienced User
Ya right, if your back to normal then u must of never had anxiety. There is no cure for it
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replied June 28th, 2005
Experienced User
I had severe anxiety actually! My doctor put me on diazapan, anti depressants, valuim the lot!!!!!!!!! My whole life was controlled by my anxiety. I found it very hard to get out, when I was at work my anxiety would lead into a full blown pannick attack. Trust me, I havent had it easy. Ive had so many trips to the hospital and whenever my attacks were very bad my jaw and other joints would lock.

It was a horrible experience, I had it tough. My anxiety lasted for 4 years, i'm walking proof that you can survive! I havent had an attack in 2 years or felt anxious. I made sure that I got myself on track because I used to think if it carried on I would end my life because I constantly thought I was dieing.

So dont put down what I know, ive worked so !**@! hard to get to where I am today.
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replied June 28th, 2005
Experienced User
Hypochondriac1028 depends how bad someone has aniexty.....I know people have got over it....How do you know there is not a cure are your a doctor??
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replied June 28th, 2005
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Cure
Sarah how did u get over it???? Gazza, if there was ever a cure it woudnt be from a doctor. It would be from us, people with anxiety. How the hell can a docotr have a cure or help us? All they do is give us medication. They have no idea what we go through or what we feel, all they know is the pills that can help a little if any. Its up to us to help ourselves. Look at charles linden, he supposely got rid of his anxietys, not from a doctor either. We know more about anxiety and panic then any doctor because we actually have it.
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replied June 28th, 2005
Hypo,

you say theres no cure but then cite charles linden.. Also there is lucinda bassett (midwest center for stress and anxiety) they both suffered for years from anxiety until they researched the hell out of it and came up with solutions, both saught out guidance from Dr.'s on how to formalize their solutions and both state that there is a cure for anxiety.

If you go to a regular Dr. They are not specialists. You need to seek out lcsw's psychologist and if you need meds see a psychiatrist.

Cognitive behavioral therapy, medication or a mixture of both will get rid of anxiety.
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replied June 29th, 2005
Experienced User
When I suffered from anxiety and pannick attacks I didnt really know what they were. I thought I was the only one until some friends did some research. I even thought my doctor didnt really understand what was going on with me (which she probably didnt!).

My doc prescribed me everything! Valium, diazapan, anti-depressants, beater blockers, the lot! But I wanted to do was feel 'normal'. I found that because these drugs made me feel unusual, dopey, tired, drugged up. They actually werent helping my condition at all.

I got to the point where life was a struggle, I would concentrate on every breath and I was obsessed with my heart beat. I knew if I didnt do something fast then I would end up doing something rash.

I decided to take matters into my own hands. I was sure the prescription drugs werent helping so I quit and did my research. I found out that certain foods can trigger off anxiety and pannic. Things like tea, coffee, chocolate, sugar, alchohol, cigarettes, basicly everything that perks you up (even some sweets and colouring have an effect). I cut these out and started drinking camomile tea (which naturally relaxes you), I always had these tea bags on me in case I could feel things getting to a head. I also brought some quiet life herbal pills from the health food shop, again they naturally relax you without making you feel drugged or tired (i swear these were my saviour). I also had lavendar baths etc.

Although these things help, you also need will power and determination too. Whenever I felt anxiety come to a head I would walk it off. I would ask to be left by myself and go sit alone or go for a walk, constantly reasuring myself. Eventually I learnt how to calm myself down.

Its also good to have a distraction, I would maybe put on some music or listen to the tv, but I would always need to be on my own.

It is hard work, it took me a while to get to where I am. But I dont get them anymore and I am leading a 'normal' life. If I can do it anyone can. I was a right mess!

*biggest advice though, if your doc puts you on prescription drugs and all you want to feel is 'normal', get off them!*
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replied June 30th, 2005
Heart Palpitations
Ive gotton really bad heart palpitations/rapid heartbeat for most of this year and found you can easily psych yourself into it and make it even worse.

I only ever feel convinced that something is anxiety if everything else has been ruled out first so you should talk to your doctor and maybe even ask for a holter monitor-i asked for one and got results of my max rate being 135 in a few points throughout the day so im seeing a cardiologist at the moment.

I found ruling out any artificial sweeteners in my diet helped me alot-not completely made my heart rate slow down but helped but according to my doctor this is a pretty rare thing so im not sure if looking at your diet would help any....

I still have found out no answers to why my heart has decided to act up just this year but anything serious has been ruled out which is the best thing you can do to try and control the stress that palpitations bring on.The hardest part is working out whether you become stessed after you notice your heart is beating fast or whether its the other way around.If its the former then stress is pretty normal-not good-but normal:)
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replied July 5th, 2005
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My heart has been rapidly beating faster and faster everytime I stand up from sitting, and then while this is happening I feel like I cant breathe either.
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replied December 12th, 2007
Someone Help Me
I am 25 and suffer with random panic attacks. I was told by my doctor that I possible suffer with General Anxiety Disorder as I dont actually hyper ventilate. I get all the other stuff and its happens usually when I have been out for the weekend and had a mad one. I admit that I take recreational drugs andsometimes in the week it will effect me. I use beater blockers and take a valium and then I sleep and it all goes away. I have decided that taking recreational drugs now is obviously not helping. But is it possible it could be thyroid ? or something else ? it always happens when I get intomy car in the morning just after waking up and driving to work, never ever just randomly during the day... I just dont get it. My vision blurrs and Ican speak very well , I feel sick and rush to the toilet and just want to sleep. What should I do ?
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replied July 22nd, 2010
Rapid Heartbeat
Gosh!! Ya'll are giving me anxiety, especially the spelling!!
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replied August 30th, 2010
I am 35 now and since i was 14 i have had what i only can describe as heart flutters. I would be sitting all quietly and all of a sudden my heart would miss a beat and sometimes it would go into a spasm. It didn't last no more than a few seconds but it would give me a bit of a scare. It didn't really bother me much when i was younger and i was a keen footballer and did a lot of fitness training back then as i was serving as a firefighter.

But about six years ago i decided to do a bit of research into my heart flutters and came across something call Premature Ventricular Contraction(PVC) which is linked to sudden death. Naturally this scared me and thus triggered off a panic attack. So i went and saw the Doctor and he gave me a ECG and a full M.O.T(blood tests ect...)and reassured me that because the average heart beats 100,000 times a day, we are allowed to lose up to 10% of those beats. That's 10,000 heart beats! But i still get the flutters and with it the odd anxiety attack with my heart racing and finding it really hard to breath, specially at night.

So again i did some research about panic attacks and found out that the panic we have is caused by the part of the brain that gives us the 'fight or flight' reaction. And the more you go against it the more you panic and as we know it's not nice. To be honest i haven't had and probably never will have a full blown panic attack that some of you have. But still, anxiety isn't nice and there is certainly a way to get over it.

Another good tip where diet is concerned....is to try and eat things that boost serotonin - foods that contain folic acid, potassium, iron and vitamin B6 - B12.
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