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Difficulty in breathing, congestion, high heart rate. Anxiety related?

Hello, My wife seems to have flu-like symptoms with a lot of congestion and some pressure breathing . The biggest issue that concerns her is that her heart rate seems to increase much more than usual randomly throughout the day, especially when she stands up. Could this be leaning more towards anxiety or something health related? Thank you, Nick
Asked On : Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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Hello and welcome to HCM
During anxiety spells, one tends to develop fast breathing, palpitaions (fast heart beat), sweating etc.
However, anxiety spells are usually short lasting. But if the symptoms are continous then you need to consult your physician.
there are many causes of laboured breathing and fast heart rate.
It could be due to lung or heart disease.
Both the systems need to be examined to rule out any pathology.
You need to get a few investigations done- X-ray chest and an ECG.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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