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Controlling anxiety without medications

I have a doubt. Since I read Clare Weeks book "Self-help with your nerves" I have learn to deal with my anxiety and panic attacks in a "let it come, ride it and back to normal, without taking medication and so far has worked for me. So when I sense a panic attack or anxiety and my heart still pounding fast I let it go up and wait until the panic subsides.

Recently I had a lots of anxiety because I had to do a upper endoscopy and I was very worried, so a couple of days after the test I had heartburn and my heart started beating fast and ended up in A&E with a panic attack, I couldn't wait until the heart calmed down, couldn't managed I was too afraid my heart was beating at 130 bpm. They did an ECG and the doctor said it was a sinus tachycardia and gave me a tranquilizer which I didn't take because once I am checked out and find out that it's anxiety I calm down.

My question is:

Could it be dangerous in the long term for the heart to beat fast during panic attacks. I still want to use the same technique but once you ridge over 100 bpm is the heart working harder than it should? I would appreciate if someone could explained this? Many thanks.

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Get the book dare by Barry McDonough. They also have a live Facebook support group that helps all ur heart related issues subside! I used to panic and have anxiety about my heart all the time. This book and group really helped to get over it. Please check it out.

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Thank you for your reply, I will look for the book and register in the Facebook page.

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What is the book called Dare or Panic away? Thanks.

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Panic away was his first book and audio then he made dare and a program to follow. You should get the date as it's more updated and thorouh

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Thorough*

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Thank you Lexus718

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Hey star68. I had the same question you have. I have also read Clare Weekes book and have helped me a lot. I can say I’m doing a lot better than I was last year. The doctor told me the heart beats fluctuate all day. She said long term is bad when your hearts stay high for long periods of time because your heart is working harder than what it needs to. Having a panic attack here and there based on what she said is not going to cause damage. This is what my doctor told me. The dare book is very good at explaining it as well. I actually use that as a motivation to stay calm as I try for my heart not to have to work harder. I know is all easier said than done but you have already made progress. Wish you the best.

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I'll give you something to think about when you are 😱. I know I make different decisions during an anxiety attack than when I'm not anxious. The reason I got on meds was not my heart racing but I didn't want to go off on a family member bc of my uncontrolled anxiety

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