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Re: Working out, arrhythmias, and panic

Posted by jflange on July 14, 2003, at 22:50:21

In reply to Re: Working out, arrhythmias, and panic jflange, posted by software guru on July 14, 2003, at 8:02:15

Hi software guru:

Yes, indeed, I have been through all those tests. I figured I owed it to myself to try everything with my heart before I settled on anxiety disorder. I also had some PVCs and PACs that came up with some of that monitoring that are considered benign (most are). It sounds like you checked everything with the cardiologist, so it makes sense to get the anxiety in check to see if it makes your symptoms go away.

In the first month or so of Zoloft, once I was getting used to my dose, I felt a bit weird when doing more intensive exercise like running, as if my heart (the the rest of my body) were working too hard. This went away, however and now I do not even notice my heart anymore. I also strongly recommend taking Calcium/ Potassium/ and Magnesium (especially the latter), since this too will definitely regulate your heart rate and calm anxiety (a lot of heart fluttering is caused by magnesium deficiency, I have read).

It sounds like a Sesame Street-type resolution to the problem, but once I stopped feeling my heart (once it stopped making anxious little extra beats and flip flops thanks to the anti-anxiety meds), the less I focused on my heart rate and the more even the heart rate became. Thus: the weird heart rate was probably a symptom of my anxiety/panic.

The tinnitus you are experiencing from the Zoloft (?) might also go away with time, though it's not really an acceptable side-effect if it's really bad, even for a short time.

jflange


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