Last March after getting over the flu, I had a incident of tachycardia that converted to afib. I stayed overnight in the hospital and had all the blood tests, chest xray, ekgs, heart ultrasounds done. Nothing showed up. The cardiologist put me on Cartia XT 180mg and Flecanide 100mg a day. After 6 mo, I went for a check up where he told me I would need an ablation or be on meds for the rest of my life. The thing is...there is (that I know of) no known heart issues in my family and I have never experienced any heart problems my entire life. The kicker, of course, is that I am a 28 year old. i went to get a second opinion from another cardiologist who took me off my meds and said it was most likely a lone incident brought on from the flu.
It's been almost a year and I have not had an incident like that again. However, I have been a giant ball of anxiety. I was terrified until I switched cardiologists because my old one made me feel like I would die in my sleep or if I went out on a hot day that I would be shocked into afib. The new cardiologist put me at ease for the most part but I still struggle with anxiety. Sunday was my last straw. I basically had an anxiety attack and went to the er. During this time, the er doc gave me ativan and I calmed right down. I saw my regular doctor today and we decided for me to go on anxiety meds because I am terrified to do anything that will raise my heartrate. I took my first dose of Lexapro and a few hours after starting having some really scary side effects. I am at the er now and I am terrified. The dr thinks its just anxiety and not an allergic reaction but I can't seem to calm down. I am terrified I am going to die. I am happily married to my best friend and have 3 kids and I just wish I could be normal again
Has anyone had a similar experience with af and anxiety? Or even Lexapro and panic/anxiety?