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Q. With anxiety alone, can my heart rate go too high I cannot calm it down?

Answered by
Dr. Vivek Pillai
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 24, 2018

Hello doctor,

I suffer from anxiety and my anxiety is always centered on my heart. With anxiety/panic alone, can my heart rate go too high that I cannot calm it down?

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Hello,

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Anxiety can cause both normal increase in heart rate as well as abnormally fast rhythms (known as automatic tachycardia). While the normal increase (sinus tachycardia) can be dealt with by treating anxiety, the abnormal rhythms may require drugs/electrophysiological intervention to calm down.

I would also suggest a thyroid function test to rule out any malfunctioning of the thyroid gland, which may also cause fast heart rates.

For more information consult a cardiologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/cardiologist


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