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my heart has been beating so fast and hard!

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I'm 18 and i know i have anxiety but for the past month my heart has been beating so fast and hard, i can feel and here it. i start to shake all the time, i feel light headed at times, not always and i get sleepy a little more often. my heart literally hurts and i cant take this anymore. i hate panicking over nothing

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replied March 11th, 2011
Anxiety and Stress Answer A20705

Your current symptoms do appear to be out of proportion to anxiety states. And if there have been no triggering events in the past month or so for your anxiety to get elevated significantly, the symptoms might suggest some other cause behind them. You can get these symptoms evaluated by your GP, to know what could be causing them. When there is a family history of palpitation and probably increased heart rate, it seems rational to get the evaluation done.

Such symptoms can be seen with Panic Attacks, but the attacks last only about 10-15 minutes and subside on their own. You might have to rule out Panic Disorder as well.

Hope this helps.

Take care.

Abhijeet Deshmukh, MD

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