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  1. bin_tenn

    Borderline ECG...

    It happens all the time. How else would your cardiologist - a trained and experienced professional - know to tell you that you're fine and it's harmless? I assume you're asking for others to share similar experiences here, but even if someone can't, you should definitely learn to accept that it's not going to harm you and that your heart is fine. Also, EKGs are sometimes inaccurately. Many times they're correct. But once in a while they say you're fine when there's an underlying issue, and sometimes they say something is not quite normal but it really is (false positive). I do know that several people here have had some minor abnormalities found on EKGs and they're fine. I just don't know if any of them have had this particular issue. I've personally never had an abnormal EKG. Except when I had afib, but that was very apparent to the medics. 😛
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    High heart rate

    Wearing a device that monitors heart rate when you obsessively worry about heart rate is indeed a bad idea, generally speaking. It sounds like the cardiologist ran the appropriate tests to rule out an underlying cause. In that case, it can certainly be anxiety. How healthy is your lifestyle? Weight, diet, smoking, drinking, recreational drug use, family history, age, etc? Since the cardiologist cleared you, if you don't have any major risk factors I would say you're good to go. When your heart rate was 145 according to the device, did you check it manually? In my experience, those things can sometimes inaccurately report heart rate as being high when it really isn't, or at least not as high as it says. Sometimes these things just happen, and they're part of everyday life. The key in overcoming the abnormal and irrational anxiety is acceptance. Being present in the "here and now", not getting all tangled up in the what ifs. Much of anxiety is anticipatory, waiting for something to happen - regardless of the likelihood of some event occurring at all. Signed: a fellow heart worrier...
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    Son's surgery in 2 days...

    Ah, nice! That's so great to hear, @Jae! I hope your son's recovery is going smoothly! Thank you for the update.
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    How to NOT panic amidst Symptoms?

    Acceptance and mindfulness, being present in the now. I highly recommend researching these topics and practicing them. People without chronic anxiety do these things all the time, but they do it naturally, because they don't have anxiety which causes one to think irrationally. Anxiety is also anticipatory a lot of the time. Most people don't dwell on the what ifs and has beens. They live in the now, in the moment.
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    Swallowed toothpaste HELP

    I agree, nothing to worry about. To @jonathan123's point, my 4yr old daughter loves the way her toothpaste tastes, and she swallows it on a regular basis. Haha.
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    Cherry Angioma or Petechaie

    Maybe petechiae, maybe not. Even if so, they are not abnormal. A case in which it would be cause for concern would be if you have large bruise-like patches of them, IMO. Cherry angiomas are absolutely normal as well, and a lot of us have them I have a handful on my chest and abdomen, as well as on one of my arms, I think.
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    Unexplained weight loss

    For what it's worth, my girlfriend has lost a good bit of weight (20lbs) in the past couple of months. She has Crohn's, so maybe the circumstances are a little different, but her GI doc is still not overly concerned at this point. He wants to do some basic exams and evaluations, but he doesn't suspect anything out of the ordinary at this point.
  8. I understand how frightening and also frustrating this can be. While I've not experienced exact this, I have definitely experienced other sleep disturbances due to anxiety. Inability to fall asleep at a decent time, trouble staying asleep, feeling like I didn't sleep well, etc. I do think I've awakened to feeling nervous and my heart seemingly racing/pounding before, but probably not that soon after falling asleep. I don't think what you're experiencing is abnormal, not physically anyhow. Of course, I'm no doc and if symptoms persist it wouldn't hurt to schedule a routine appt with your doctor to discuss it. Unless you already have, and they said you're fine?
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    Crawling/tingling in back of head and side of face

    Not a stroke. Probably not even anxiety. Just another example of something that I'm willing to be anyone and everyone gets from time to time, but those without anxiety don't fixate on it or think twice about it.
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    Anxiety and breathing

    When I'm anxious, yes, I feel like I can't get a satisfying breath. I yawn excessively when I'm anxious, presumably as a nervous habit, and reassurance that I can indeed breathe. Apparently excessive yawning is quite common for people with anxiety, so I've read, and it makes sense to me.
  11. "One thing after another" is nothing more than perspective and how you react to these things. Honestly, everyone's life is "one thing after another", but the difference in someone without a chronic anxiety disorder is that they don't dwell on it. They accept it, and the move on. I encourage researching and practicing acceptance and mindfulness. Those two things are very important, and also very helpful for anxiety. Plenty of resources are available on Google and YouTube, as well as with a therapist, if you have that option.
  12. You're fine. I've blaned on my own name and age, my kids' names and ages, my address / town, etc, many times.
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    Scared about heart! Help!

    I'm with @Iugrad91. 60-100 BPM resting heart rate is generally normal, given that one does not have any heart conditions which say it should be within a different range. I'm also thin and can feel my heartbeat often, especially while lying down. It can definitely feel like it's beating harder, but it really isn't. Fitbit is wonderful if you don't take it to heart (pun intended 😛). It isn't meant to replace a professional medical evaluation, nor should it be used as a diagnostic tool. It can definitely provide benefits, such as gauging your average heart rate when exercising, and it can promote physical activity / exercise. I had one, but it broke. Surprisingly I was able to use it appropriately rather than obsessively checking it. I primarily only looked at its heart rate measurement while exercising to ensure I was exercising effectively / enough. That's a surprise to me because, overall, heart fears have been my go-to anxiety cause for quite some time. Haha. Nothing about 180 BPM during a panic attack is necessarily abnormal either. Mine has been 160-180 so many times with severe panic attacks. It sucks, but it's generally nothing to be concerned about, again as long as you have no underlying heart condition.
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    Skipped Heart Beat with Hard Pump After

    I highly recommend reading up on acceptance and mindfulness. The mindfulness is really about being present in the now, and that's helpful because anxiety is often anticipatory, fear of what may happen - the "what ifs." Acceptance is key because it allows you to accept the fact that life is unpredictable. Nothing in life is certain, no matter what it is, and that includes medicine / physical health.
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    Heart anxiety

    Of course! I've found that for myself as well as many others here the irrational and anxious thoughts tend to make themselves known when we're not preoccupied. I'm assuming that's because there is nothing holding them back, nothing else has our full attention. I recommend researching mindfulness and meditation and acceptance. All of those things are sort of intertwined, but practicing each of them is key in overcoming anxiety.