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Fast heart rate, anxiety.

Hi, im going to try to keep this short and to the point, as of the last few months (5 or 6) i have been what i think is Anxiety attacks and major stress or something. Background; 24 year old male, smokes about a pack of cigarettes a day, drinks alot (as oh about 3 months) and works about 55-60 hour weeks. i dont really work out cause im always moving due to the fact i work running a kitchen. symptoms; Slight chest pains (very minor, more like cramps)
weird feelings in arms, some light headedness, arms some times turn a light red color and high blood pressure (so says the bartell BP machine) but last doctors visit it was fine. i just want to know if this is more likely than not me freaking out cause i seem to check my pulse like every 5-10 minutes, and my heart rate always seems to be fast (100-120 bps) but i always seem to do it when im stressing or over thinking about it, any advise or help would be loved... thanks

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replied June 28th, 2010
Anxiety and Stress Answer A13625
Thanks for using this forum...

stop looking at the pulse regularly..I would advice you to meet a physician ,get ecg for baseline workup..mostly everything will be ok and you can be put on beta blockers to take care of your heart rate and the symptoms you experience..cut down on tobacco and alcohol as these too can exaggerate these symptoms...

take care...

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