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Discovering the reason for panic attacks

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When i exercise i get really worried about my heart when ever i do anything that gets my heart rate up I panic its starting to make me really mad and kinda upset i would like to know what you think i should do if you saw me you would never think i had this problem know one would know its crazy any advise would help me thank you so much Aaron

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replied January 21st, 2009
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Current medical status: I look like im in good shape but i don't feel it, I have a Panic Disorder with accasional panic attacks
Current medical treatment: Effexor Xr 75mg 1 Daily, Xanax as needed

Several examination methods would be sufficient to tell whether the heart is somehow affected or not. An anamnesis (taking information about the patient’s health in general, and the symptoms) would be asked for. A physical examination including auscultation of your heart with a stethoscope will be performed. Electrocardiography and an ultrasound examination with Doppler method would be the last of the diagnostic tools that will reveal almost any heart problem.

If all results are normal, then you might want to consult with a psychologist or psychotherapist, because the whole problem might be due to a condition similar to hypochondria, which is also treatable.

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