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Skipped Heart Beats & Palpitations Upon Standing?

Hi guys, for the past month and a half I have been obsessively checking my heart rate. My resting heart rate is usually 58 - 65. Recently it's been a little lower, 50 - 62 bpm. Also when I get anxious, my heart rate doesn't go no more than 78 Bpm. It usually would go higher like 90s - 110 BPM. I've also started getting Palpitations when standing, not a racing heart but heavy heart beats that last about 3-5 seconds. Then my heart would beat around 70 - 80 BPM standing still with skipped heart beats. Walking it can go up to 120 BPM. This is a new occurrence for me and is causing me a great deal of anxiety. Last month I went to the ER 3 times for panic attacks and fast heart rates of 120+. All test came back ok but I am experiencing new symptoms and don't have money to see a cardiologist at the moment. I live in the US with no health insurance. I'd like to know if these palpitations and skipped heartbeats be caused by anxiety? I am 27 male. 5'8 140lbs. I was very active as a child and worked a physical job that required a lot of walking so I am slim. I don't exercise regularly especially since this heart health anxiety started a month or so ago.

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We are not medical specialists here but you have to TRUST the doctors that your anxiety is the root of your blood pressure readings and will naturally change according to your anxiety levels.

Also, remember that every body is different and what is normal for you will not be the same for the next person.

Your own doctor should be able to do an ECG in the office to rule out immediate problems.

Anxiety benefits from doing some physical activity such as walking so when your brain tells you to check your BP let your feet take you out the door, even for 10 minutes.

One way of monitoring physical activity intensity is to determine whether a person's pulse or heart rate is within the target zone during physical activity.

For moderate-intensity physical activity, a person's target heart rate should be 50 to 70% of his or her maximum heart rate. This maximum rate is based on the person's age. An estimate of a person's maximum age-related heart rate can be obtained by subtracting the person's age from 220. For example, for a 50-year-old person, the estimated maximum age-related heart rate would be calculated as 220 - 50 years = 170 beats per minute (bpm). The 50% and 70% levels would be:

•50% level: 170 x 0.50 = 85 bpm, and

•70% level: 170 x 0.70 = 119 bpm

Thus, moderate-intensity physical activity for a 50-year-old person will require that the heart rate remains between 85 and 119 bpm during physical activity.

Check out some of the personal activity trackers that you can wear on your wrist. This removes the need for you to constantly think about what goes on - just circle a day once a week when you will look at the results.

Remember: The content on HealthUnlocked does not replace the relationship between you and doctors or other healthcare professionals nor the advice you receive from them.

Let us know how you get on :)

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