I’ve recently been having “episodes” and during these episodes I feel like my heart has stopped. I know it may sound silly but it’s very frightening.
This is what happens
I get a sudden rush of heat/a hot flash come over me I feel strange and numb so I immediately think my heart has stopped, at this point I usually start to panic and search for my pulse on a few occasions I’ve not felt it (I always find it easily) I start to panic and heart pounds and races I’m left very shaking and cold/sweaty.
Sometimes I do find my heartbeat but it’s quite weak until it starts to race and pound.
My gp believes this is a panic attack and that I can’t find my pulse because my body is in a distressed mode.
I’m terrified my heart is stopping.
I’ve had ecgs/bloods and echo in the past as well as a 24hour monitor (these episodes didn’t occur then) the monitor showed pvcs
I have health anxiety mainly about my heart so logically I can see that this is could be panic but my anxious mind is convinced my heart is stopping which triggers the hot flash and numbness as well as struggling to find my pulse my entire body just feels numb I’m so used to feeling my heart pounding if I focus on it but I’m that moment I can’t so i feel like it’s not beating.