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 This 'problem' with my heart only seems to happen when I am relaxing?
My heart seems to 'miss a beat' or beats almost out of my cheast some times, but not when I am up and about.

It comes and goes but is frightening when it happens.

It ...

 Is blood pressure of 140/100 dangerously high?

 How do they know that smoking is bad for you? Where does the CDC get its info?
They keep on saying on the news that heart disease is the number one cause of death, and smoking is a major risk factor for any type of death. I decided to find out for myself why they say this, and I...

 Answer the blank: High blood pressure is more common and more severe in ________ people.?

 When I speak, I don't have enough breath to finish my sentence. Why? It's worrying me no end!?
I exercise an hour each day (brisk walk), mild hypertensive under medication, 130/95 blood pressure, 56+ years old. I do wake up sometimes from a dream (usually being chased or some frantic event) ...

 can crying too much lead to heart disease?
can crying too much harm your health? i've been crying like 2-4 times a week for months now, you know feeling lonely and i'm just emotional
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or is crying good ...

 if you needed a heart transplant ?
and were told by the doctors that it was nearly compatible to your own heart but it might be rejected would you accept it anyway if you knew with out taking it you would die?...

 HELP very worried about my blood pressure?
My blood pressure is a 100 systolic And im really tired and light headed (dizzy) could anyone tell me is this dangerous ive been to docs and he is writing to hospital Thank-...

 If a guy that was about to die in the electric chair had a heart attack should they save him?

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Jerry, thats correct. I just wanted to see how many people knew that tho ...

 is my blood pressure healthy?
i was just at duane reade and took my BP. the first number was 122 the second was 28 and my pulse was 68. is this good? I'm a 19 year old female
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you know, it ...

 Think I'll have a heart attack soon?
My mom had a heart attack at 42. She survived.. scary, though. I know we have heart disease on both sides of the family. What're my chances of a heart attack any time soon if I do not change ...

 Strong random pains in my heart?
Strong random pains in my heart?
I get random strong pain's in my chest (in my heart) from time to time. What could be the cause of this, is it something i should go to a doctor over?

 I'm having a heart attack, how long do I have till I die? And what should I do?

 Is It Normal To Feel Your Heart "Moving"?
I don't mean "beating"- I know what that feels like. I don't think it's "palpitations" either, although I could be wrong because I've never had those before, I ...

 tightness around my heart?
I'm five foot three inches tall and about four stone over weight, i've always carried a bit of weight.

Nothing has changed in my diet for the last two years and the only major ...

 my boyfriend has to get his aneurysm fixed tomorrow do you think hes going to be ok?

 Heart Pain?
I am almost 25 years old. I am a mother to an 8 month old. When she was about 2.5 months old I started noticing pain in my heart. It is when I am sitting still, watching TV, as I type this question ...

 Are all cases of irregular heart beat serious?
I am slightly over weight, I am taking Cerazzette (POP)contraceptive pill and I am 24 years of age. I have just discovered that my heart seems to be missing a beat after every 20 or so beats, I am ...

 heart attack?
But I am not having any symptoms right now. Should I still go?...

 Im scared of dieing.?
Every night im worried someone will kill me, im thinking of getting a gun and keeping it in the bedside table. Is there anything i can do to calm myself down. Sometimes it's all i think about -- ...

Gina M
Can I give myself a heart attack, if I keep thinking i'm going to have one? is it possible?
i have bad anxiety and I was told if I keep thinking I am going to have a heart attack, I will give myself one. I didn't think that could happen.

Luke R
yer it could

anythings possible

Mary Boo


I actually think you could. If you focus on any symptom or want a symptom bad enough I think you can get it. Not like on a "i want to have this symptom so i can get out of school" thing, but a really like mental thing.

Cynthia R
If you think you are going to have one, depending upon your anxiety level, and how long (days, months, years) you agonize over the fact of having a heart attack, I feel (and I'm no expert) that, indeed, you can 'give' yourself a heart attack. The mind does control the body and will strive to achieve whatever it is you want. Hence, why so many people advocate positive thinking. You put 'good' into your mind and the good will happen.

Have you ever read about visualization? You know, let's say you have to perform somewhere. You take yourself to the side before that performance and picture yourself doing well. The mind will 'say' ok, he does well at this. Then, when you go to perform for real, the mind will accomplish just that. HOWEVER, if you picture yourself doing poorly, the mind will 'say' "ah he wants to perform poorly" and that is just what you WILL do when you go to perform.

It's all the power of the mind.

Becca Ebony
to be honest you are probably more likely to give yourself a panic attack rather than a heart attack. and if you are in that state then you'll probably pass out rather than have one.

i only say that cos i have chronic generalised anxiety and panic disorder as well as a heart condition and have had heart failure before.

Anxiety attacks can feel just like a Heart Attack. And depending on the condition of your heart...YES you could. Stop doing whatever is causing the anxiety if at all possible OR find someone professional to talk to about controling your anxieties.

I understand how you feel.. everytime I go for an interview I get realy anxious and I can feel my heart pounding through my chest and in my head.
I think that if you're probably fine if you have a healthy heart. Make sure you have a low fat diet and regularly exercise.
Stress is bad for the heart, they do have medication to lower anxiety. If you feel it's severe, then you should contact a specialist.

No chance. However, you could suffer in the future from various health problems that can be brought on by acute stress (anxiety). Mild stress over a long period of time can rot your insides to a certain extent as you have a gland called the adrenal medulla and when you feel any type of mild consistent stress, this gland secretes a chemical called cortisol (this is a sugar type chemical and as with most sugars is not good for you if consistently in your blood stream (this is why ulcers can develop)). The adrenal medulla also releases bursts of a chemical adrenalin when your body reacts to an instant stresser i.e. adrenalin rush - this is not so bad. You must take the time to chill yourself out and start thinking of relaxing techniques you can use. Good luck.

How Does Stress Contribute to Heart Disease?

Medical researchers aren't sure exactly how stress increases the risk of heart disease. Stress itself might be a risk factor, or it could be that high levels of stress make other risk factors (such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure) worse. For example, if you are under stress, your blood pressure goes up, you may overeat, you may exercise less and you may be more likely to smoke.

If stress itself is a risk factor for heart disease, it could be because chronic stress exposes your body to unhealthy, persistently elevated levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Studies also link stress to changes in the way blood clots, which increases the risk of heart attack.

Note: The above was copied and pasted from Medicine Net.

I have had several stressful incidents in my life also, many friends as well. Once or twice I have been so stressed at exams or on jobs, that I began to hyperventilate and my heart would not stop beating so fast, as if I run just run a marathon.

I have learned to handle stress in a healthier way with breathing techniques learned from yoga. There is also a technique in which you mentally place a sort of protective covering around yourself and do not let anything in but what you permit. Sounds nuts I realize, but it takes some time to learn to do it. I for one have never handled stress that well, knowing these techniques has helped me immensely.

No there is no evidence whatsoever that anxiety disorders cause heart disease unless you are a middle aged woman who has already gone thru menopause, those women may have a slightly elevated risk of heart disease, but even that is unproven at this time.

Yes , it is possible. That is why it is said to have Positive thinking. You can get Distant Reiki Healing which will certainly help you in this. This healing can reduce your stress, anxiety and panic attacks.

If you want you can join our group and get healing.


Happy to Answer
If you do, don't forget a defibrillator:


haha, like Flatliners, if you have ever seen that movie. Good Flick


BUT you can get psychological help for severe anxiety.

Thinking yourself into a heart attack won't do it unless you can make your body form a blood clot that will jam up one of the arteries supplying blood to your heart.

You are suffering from anxiety, which can make a sufferer 'think' they are having a heart attack:

Heartbeat sensations; Irregular heartbeat; Palpitations; Heart pounding or racing

Definition Return to top

Palpitations are heartbeat sensations that feel like your heart is pounding or racing. You may simply have an unpleasant awareness of your own heartbeat, or may feel skipped or stopped beats. The heart's rhythm may be normal or abnormal. Palpitations can be felt in your chest, throat, or neck.

See also: Arrhythmia

Considerations Return to top

Normally the heart beats between 60-100 times per minute. In people who exercise routinely or take medications that slow the heart, the rate may drop below 55 beats per minute.

If your heart rate is very fast (over 100 beats per minute), this is called tachycardia. An unusually slow heart rate is called bradycardia. An occasional extra heart beat is known as extrasystole.

Palpitations are often not serious. However, it depends on whether or not the sensations represent an abnormal heart rhythm ( arrhythmia). You are more likely to have an abnormal heart rhythm if you have:

* Known heart disease at the time the palpitations begin
* Significant risk factors for heart disease
* An abnormal heart valve
* An electrolyte abnormality -- for example, low potassium

Causes Return to top

Heart palpitations can be caused by:

* Exercise
* Anxiety, stress, fear
* Fever
* Caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, diet pills
* Overactive thyroid
* Anemia
* Hyperventilation
* Low levels of oxygen in your blood
* Medications such as thyroid pills, asthma drugs, beta blockers, or anti-arrhythmics. (Medications to treat an irregular heart rhythm will sometimes cause a different irregular rhythm).
* Mitral valve prolapse, a condition in which the valve that separates the left upper chamber (atrium) from the left lower chamber (ventricle) of the heart does not close properly
* Heart disease

Home Care Return to top

Reducing stress and anxiety can help lessen the frequency or intensity of your heart palpitations. Try breathing exercises or deep relaxation (a step-by-step process of tensing and then relaxing every muscle group in your body) when palpitations occur. Practicing yoga or tai chi on a regular basis can reduce the frequency of your palpitations.

Keep a record of how often you have palpitations, when they happen, how long they last, your heart rate at the time of the palpitations, and what you are feeling at the time. This information may help your doctor figure out both their seriousness and their underlying cause.

Once a serious cause has been ruled out by your doctor, try NOT to pay attention to heart palpitations, unless you notice a sudden increase or a change in them.

If you have never had heart palpitations before, bring them to the attention of your healthcare provider.

When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top

Call 911 if:

* You, or someone you are with, loses consciousness.
* You have shortness of breath, chest pain, unusual sweating, dizziness, or lightheadedness.

Call your doctor right away if:

* You feel frequent extra heartbeats (more than 6 per minute or coming in groups of 3 or more).
* You have risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
* You have new or different heart palpitations.
* Your pulse is more than 100 beats per minute (without exercise, anxiety, or fever).

What to Expect at Your Office Visit Return to top

Your doctor will take a medical history, perform a physical exam, and do an EKG.

If you have chest pain, shortness of breath, or other concerning symptoms, and are in the emergency room, your cardiac rhythm will be monitored. An emergency intervention will be performed if necessary to restore normal cardiac rhythm.

If you do not have the symptoms at the time of your visit, the doctor will want to know what your pulse was at the time you felt the palpitations and whether or not the rhythm felt regular.

You may be asked:

* Do you feel skipped or stopped beats?
* Does your heart rate feel slow or fast when you have the palpitations?
* Do you feel a racing, pounding, or fluttering?
* Is there a regular or irregular pattern to the unusual heartbeat sensations?
* Did the palpitations begin or end suddenly?
* When do the palpitations occur? In response to reminders of a traumatic event? When you are lying down and resting? When you change your body position? When you feel emotional?
* Do you have any other symptoms?

As part of your physical exam, your doctor will check your temperature, pulse, breathing rate, and blood pressure. Special attention may be paid to your heart and lungs.

Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:

* Ambulatory cardiac monitoring (for example, wearing a Holter monitor for 24 hours, or another type of monitor for two weeks or longer)
* Echocardiogram
* Electrophysiology study (EPS)
* Coronary angiography

If your doctor finds you have an abnormal heart rhythm, write down what it is called and be sure to tell other professionals involved in your medical care.

Prevention Return to top

Try to reduce stress and risk factors for heart disease:

* Don't smoke.
* Eat a well-balanced, low-fat diet.
* Exercise regularly.
* Try stress management techniques such as yoga, tai chi, or meditation.
* Make sure that your blood pressure and cholesterol are under control.

References Return to top

Mayou R, Sprigings D, Birkhead J et al. Characteristics of patients presenting to a cardiac clinic with palpitation. QJM. 2003; 96(2):115-123.

Update Date: 11/6/2006

Updated by: Glenn Gandelman, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

MAC's Mommy
the mind is a powerful thing and has a DEFINET affect on the body. i'd be careful if i were you!!! speaking from experiance if you worry too much you put a lot of stress on your body. you can make adrenalin put though your veins and too much adrenaline can lead to anxiety attacks which feel similar to heart attcks. (been there) you gotta find a way to help yourself relax and not worry so much.

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