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I have heart palpitations and anxiety.

I have done all the test from my cardiologist and they still have found nothing. So now it s on to anxiety . Does anyone else feel like they are always thinking about it? I used to be able to get it to go awya after a few minutes, but now it seems to always be on my mind. If my heart isn t racing and I have no other symptoms I still have an uncomfortable feeling in my chest . Could this be in my head? Does anyone else feel this?
Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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Hi! I’m so sorry to hear you’re feeling bad. It’s common to have that chest complaint with panic attacks. The following steps should help eliminate (or significantly reduce) your panic attacks: 1.Breathe properly - if you control your breathing, you control panic. As soon as you notice the signs of anxiety, check your breathing: breathe in slowly through your nose pushing your tummy out (to the count of 5 or so). Breathe out slowly and for a bit longer (to the count of 7 or so) through your mouth. Do not breathe rapidly or shallowly (in the chest area). This will soon restore the balance of oxygen and you will feel a lot better. 2. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy! CBT is proven to be the most effective thing for panic attacks and social anxiety. It takes a bit of work, but it is super effective. (After 15 years of panic attacks, mine stopped completely). You can take a course for free online at: http://www.livinglifetothefull.com/elear... It has been funded by NHS Scotland and has had great results thus far. 3. Try relaxation exercise tapes (progressive muscular relaxation). They really help if you practise often enough. This site has instructions on how to do it without the tapes (and other useful info): http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resource... I hope you feel better soon. Best of luck!
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