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Chest heaviness, shortness of breath and pounding of chest. Due to anxiety?

Hi! I wake up, middle of the night, with a feeling of heaviness in my chest , pounding heart and shortness of breath. Have seen a cardiologist , all seems to be fine. I ve noticed it occurs more often when I m anxious about some situation or more stressed. How can I address this? It s very frightening to wake up feeling as though your life is at risk! Thanks.
Mon, 15 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
thanks for using halth care magic.
What you have is panic attacks.
You should consult the qualified psychiatrist foe detailed evaluations.
You may be benefitted with
1) Antidepressant drugs that has anti anxiety proerties as well like peroxetine
2) councelling and self control
3) stress management with yoga and meditation.
you should avoid excess use of caffine and nicotine
hope you will be fine soon
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Psychiatrist Dr. Sushil Kumar Sompur's  Response
Jun 2013
Hi there ~

I feel like that the heaviness in your chest and pounding heart is related to your having anxiety attacks or panic attacks. If your heart checked out okay with a cardiologist it is most likely that your condition is also related to your sleep quality as it seems like you wake up feeling that way. You will do well with taking the advise of a psychiatrist and also go through counseling. There are many effective medications that can help with your problem. I hope this helps.

Take care and have a lovely day !
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Psychiatrist Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi's  Response
Dec 2014
Welcome to HCM

Sudden onset restlessness, heaviness in chest, palpitations, shortness of breath which awakened you in night may occur either because of any Heart problem or it may be due to anxiety. As your cardiology reports are normal so most likely these are the symptoms of anxiety. The symptoms occur more in states of stress. I would advise you to please visit a good Psychiatrist for expert opinion. Medicines like Clonazepam, Alprazolam etc are very beneficial in cases of anxiety with episodic exacerbations. Other methods like breathing exercises, relaxation techniques are also useful.

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi, MD
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