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Can stress and anxiety cause an irregular or rapid heart beat ?

Can stress and anxiety cause an irregular or rapid heart beat? I ve been through every test there is since I had a really scary tachycardia and every doctor I have seen says that my heart is fine and something else is causing the rapid and irregular beats. My condition has not improved and you can trust me that they have checked everything. I don t think it is possible that I am causing this symptom, but could my subconscious or my nervous system be causing this? I ve been reading up on it and it would explain why my doctors can t find the source but yet acknowledge the problem. if more details will help then read my previous questions I have asked. Thanks.
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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I'm sorry I left you half-answered last time. I seriously suggest you go to another doctor fairly soon. the symptoms you described in your previous question were a bit contradictory but this happens in some problems. In my poor knowledge I'd point out a potential hyperaldosteronism or adrenal gland malfunctions (aldosterone leads to loss of K+ that leads to arrhythmias, tingling in extremities; RAA axis is a vasoconstrictor thus the hypertension; aldosterone also causes you to retain Na+ and water, explaining the hypertension and loss of appetite/thirst; exhaustion, hypertension could relate to the function of the adrenal gland). have your RAA (renin/angiotensin/aldosterone) axis checked. this could be kidney or adrenal gland problems potentially. my email is andreji_menez@yahoo.com if I can help out any way. however, i strongly suggest you have another doctor check you out and potentially have you checked by specialists. I doubt it's neurologic (although you are probably mentally enhancing it all by the considerable worry).
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