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letsgogrant
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Post Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:10 am

Are you suppose to feel your heart beat? (Crazy I know)    Reply with quote  

I've posted on this board before and have had a history of anxiety. I just had a electrocardiogram and ekg, all were normal, except for a minor mitral valve prolapse. However, whenever I don't feel my heart beat I go into a panic. Sometimes its cause palpitation and recently I have been getting a lot of palpitations, I must have had like 20 today. I'm only 22 and used to play soccer, its an odd feeling having to ask this. Sometimes it feel like I am gonna have a heart attack. Dose anyone experience this? are you suppose to feel your heart beat? how about when working out?
Thanks,

-Grant
  
Forumer3
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Post Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:02 am

Re: Are you suppose to feel your heart beat? (Crazy I know)    Reply with quote  

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Originally posted by letsgogrant
I've posted on this board before and have had a history of anxiety. I just had a electrocardiogram and ekg, all were normal, except for a minor mitral valve prolapse. However, whenever I don't feel my heart beat I go into a panic. Sometimes its cause palpitation and recently I have been getting a lot of palpitations, I must have had like 20 today. I'm only 22 and used to play soccer, its an odd feeling having to ask this. Sometimes it feel like I am gonna have a heart attack. Dose anyone experience this? are you suppose to feel your heart beat? how about when working out?
Thanks,

-Grant


No definitely not. You are not supposed to "feel" your heart beat. Not unless you put your hand on your chest or you place two fingers on your vein.

Other than that not feeling your heart is NORMAL. Feeling it beat all the time is NOT. Relax, and read my post in thread called "I hate medication and I'm done trying".
shanemac
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Post Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:31 pm

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Im 24 and im in the same boat. I`m constantly aware of my heart beat. I know we shouldnt feel it but we do because of anxiety. I too went Into panic attack mode when I couldnt feel my heart beating a few times. I ended up in the er thinking I was dying. Keep readind these threads and try to get it out of your head is the best advice I can give. This site has helped me enourmously. Just to know that I am not the only one going through these things. Its all in the head. just try not to worry bout it.
letsgogrant
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Post Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:29 am

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Thanks for the support!

-Grant
sgreen007
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Post Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:54 am

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quote:
Originally posted by ibex333
No definitely not. You are not supposed to "feel" your heart beat.

Not sure where it says that you are supposed to, or not supposed to?

I can feel my heart beat when I am working out, and when I am lying still
reading.

Then other times I have no awareness of it whatsoever.

I just class this as a normal feeling and that I am sensistive to it.

IMPORTANT - if you are sat there wondering whether your heart is still
beating... it is. Otherwise you wouldn't be sat there asking that question.
chippy!
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Post Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:39 pm

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yer i went through a phase when i was worrying about my heart beat. i had to keep my hand on it to prove to myself it was still beating. i think its because when we're suffering from anxiety we've got used to concentrating on ourselves so much, and we've internalised ourselves from the real world. its a confidence thing. just got to go past caring.
chijcy1962
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Post Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:47 am

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I don't think it's catastrophic, if you feel your heart beating,
better than not. Smile

Out of all the anxiety symptoms, heart palps. are the scariest to me,
so it's easy I think, to fall into a 'heart obsession', which I have.

I just try to tell myself, it's gonna beat, w/o me thinking about it.
It's an amazing organ.
letsgogrant
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Post Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:25 am

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its good to know others have suffered the same thing.

Thanks for the help!

-Grant
letsgogrant
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Post Sun Sep 02, 2007 9:28 am

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Annie7788
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Post Sun Sep 02, 2007 11:37 am

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Letsgogrant if it makes you feel any better I also have a similar type of heart condition which I am pretty much sure is mitral valve prolapse. It's considered a mild and fairly harmless condition which doesn't really make any difference to my life except I used to get more colds than normal.

I do sometimes get my heart thumping through my chest for no reason but I don't think it's related to the heart condition. I don't tend to worry about this symptom because it also happens when I am very anxious about something and I know it's a common symptom of panic so I ignore it. I think tendency to mitral valve prolapse goes with a slightly more anxious personality so maybe that's something you should research to make you feel more assured. Just google "mitral valve prolapse personality" and you will find confirmation from others.

I used to be extremely anxious about all sorts of things when I was younger. So maybe this was the cause.
lynda57
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Post Sun Sep 02, 2007 2:22 pm

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hi everyone,new to this,ive been having ectopic heartbeats for ages,had an episode last night,my heart was all over the place,felt sick dizzy,you name it.ended up calling 999,aand yet again they said i had an ectopic and irregular heartbeat,sent me home again,how do people cope with this,i go to bed with them and wake up with them,i find life miserable at the moment,they must be the most distressing condition on the planet,how can all of this happen and cause no long time damage to your heart,anyone know.
shanemac
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Post Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:59 pm

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quote:
Originally posted by lynda57
they must be the most distressing condition on the planet,how can all of this happen and cause no long time damage to your heart,anyone know.


Hi lynda,
Check ot the thread on this site called heart skips a beat PVC`s. There is a wealth of ideas on there.
letsgogrant
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Post Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:22 am

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quote:
Originally posted by Annie7788
Letsgogrant if it makes you feel any better I also have a similar type of heart condition which I am pretty much sure is mitral valve prolapse. It's considered a mild and fairly harmless condition which doesn't really make any difference to my life except I used to get more colds than normal.

I do sometimes get my heart thumping through my chest for no reason but I don't think it's related to the heart condition. I don't tend to worry about this symptom because it also happens when I am very anxious about something and I know it's a common symptom of panic so I ignore it. I think tendency to mitral valve prolapse goes with a slightly more anxious personality so maybe that's something you should research to make you feel more assured. Just google "mitral valve prolapse personality" and you will find confirmation from others.

I used to be extremely anxious about all sorts of things when I was younger. So maybe this was the cause.


I have minor Mitral Valve prolapse. I have no clue that it could cause you anxiety. I had an electrocardiogram about 3 years ago and another one about 3 months ago both were identical and showed a Mitral vavle prolaspe. The cardiologist that I go to is cool and told me its not serious enough for meds, but he did say it can cause chest pain, skipped beats, dizzyness, etc ( im sure you know).

Thannks,

Grant
  

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