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Anxiety and my poor heart

Hello Everyone. My name is Jess, I am 41 years old. In 2014 I had AFIB attack you can say along with they believe to be caused from anxiety. Every since then it has been a nightmare for me. I can go a few years without thinking about it, but this last year and currently I have had an up and down battle with anxiety. I really cant pin point my issue, other than impending doom , and the constant worry that my heart is going to give up. Or there is something wrong. I never used to be like this, until my first attack, and it was a terrible experience. I have been to two Cardiologists, and blood tests, echo's all is good. Other than a slightly enlarged left ventricle and very very small leak. But that did help my worry, its to the point that I am so frighten to go anywhere far. I am seeing a therapist, and on anti depressants, is there anything else I can do? I just want my brain to stop it.. It really is playing a toll emotionally , relationship, and not to mention my budget.

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Howdy Jess! :) Welcome to our little (is it little? Seems like it's grown quiet a bit lol) community! It sounds like you've been through the wringer recently. I'm sorry to hear about it. Well, coming here and talking about what you're going through is a good first step! Sometimes, unloading all that mental baggage we have can be a real relief. If talking about it makes you feel more at ease, then talk away! We're all here to listen :) Also, immersing yourself in things that you like to do and/or make you happy can be a huge benefit as well. Distraction therapy can be a real lifesaver! But above all, it's ok to be nervous. If you went through what you have and didn't feel nervous, I'd be suspicious. Recently, I was diagnosed with a grade 3 cancerous tumor (meaning it's an aggressive form of cancer). I can tell you that yes, I'm scared. But I'm also not going to take this lying down! I'm going to win this fight. But I'm only human, and I am a little scared. But I have gotten wonderful support from this group and I want you to know we're all here for you! If you want to just talk or to vent, we're here to listen. Being what you've been through isn't the end of the world. Think of it as just another challenge to overcome. Some days you'll have to fight a little extra to get over that hump. But you can beat the anxiety! Have faith in yourself! If you set your mind to it, you can do anything! :)

A friend,

Brian :)



Thank you so much for your support and everyone else. It has been a battle, but I just view myself on putting on my armor and fighting. In a way we all have to. I love your attitude with cancer, kick its butt, That's what my father said.

Thank you again

Bless you your not fighting alone


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Right back at ya Jess :) You're not alone either! :)


Welcome Jess :)

Yoga and meditation help me to calm the mind chitter chatter.

It’s not an instant fix, frequent and regular practice is needed.

I started going by attending a weekly class but then also practice inbetween.

With the meditation there are free apps you can download.

Keep trying until you find an app and a teacher you like, and with practise you can get to a place where the calming breathing and thought processes come as second nature when you feel things are about to spiral away from you.

This is what works for me anyhow. It’s not foolproof but it helps me cope.



Orleansangel, yes, I'm sure that was a very scary experience for you, but I have a very dear friend who is a retired heart surgeon and he has gone many weeks with afib. He ignores it takes medicine when needed. You have been checked out thoroughly and your heart is in good shape. It's your mind that is having the problem now. Just try to go about your day and live along side the fear. Nothing is going to happen to you. I promise. It's a lousy, loudly feeling and it takes time for it to pass, but pass it will.

Good luck and stay strong, Julie


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