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Anxiety is accompanied by fear, increased heart rate, sweating, and heavy breathing. It is normal to feel anxious once in a while. But, when the feeling of worry does not go away and gets worse with time, it requires to be treated.

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I am having shortness of breath. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, Despite normal blood test reports, ECG (electrocardiogram), and EF (ejection fraction), which is 60 %. I have a high pulse, high blood pressure, fear, and anxiety. I also have shortness of breath, weakness, mind numbness, and inability to sleep correctly sometimes. I am currently takin...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your echocardiography is normal and your symptoms are not related to your heart. They are non-specific symptoms. If you have high blood pressure readings, I recommend checking your blood pressure daily for one week to confirm. Check it two times...  Read Full »

Are fluctuating troponin levels normal?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been suffering from intense anxiety and was prescribed a daily dose of 50 mg of Sertraline to manage it.Recently, I have been experiencing chest pain and a burning sensation in my left arm, prompting multiple visits to the emergency room. Each time, tests including ECG, chest X-r...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to High-sensitivity troponins are usually positive in low levels and vary from time to time. Since your ECG (electrocardiogram) and Echocardiography are normal and you can climb 10 flights of stairs, your symptoms are not cardiac, but related to anxiety. In the meantime, a...  Read Full »

I often have palpitations at bedtime. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old in good health. For about a year, I have had some strange heart palpitations. They tend to happen at night when I lie down. They are very strong beats and irregular. It lasts only a couple of minutes but is quite scary as it feels like my heart is beating out of contr...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Palpitations are very common, and usually, they are not serious until there are accompanying symptoms like lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting or drop attacks, etc. One of the most common causes of palpitations is anxiety, but it can also be due to heart rhythm prob...  Read Full »

Will increase in cholesterol levels cause anxiety and sleep disturbance?

Query: Hello doctor, My HDL is 34.8 mg/dL and LDL is 140.78 mg/dL due to which I feel anxiety during sleep at night therefore I could not sleep properly for the last three nights. Please guide me on this.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is a bit high but not that high to start the medicine. HDL (high-density lipoprotein) should be 40 at least in males. No need to worry, both of these can be corrected with diet and exercise. Avoid fatty foods, especially trans fats ...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from palpitations throughout my pregnancy and am concerned about my baby suffering from purple hands hot flushed body. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been noticing heart palpitations from the beginning of my pregnancy time. I had anxiety and fear continually and after a month my baby suffered an abortion. Even after that, palpitations persisted. I have taken medication but could not see the results. It has been a year since I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Anxiety causes the release of stress hormones that in turn cause palpitations, fatigue, tiredness, and all the symptoms you have mentioned. I advise you to follow the below-mentioned instructions Avoid anxiety by finding the causes...  Read Full »

Should I take antihypertensives if I had breathlessness, and high blood pressure?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 38-year-old male weighing 149 pounds, and my height is 5.5 feet. I work in an eastern country. Two months ago, I had a sudden rise in blood pressure to 160/100 mmHg and palpitations. Investigation in the emergency room, doctors did my ECG, troponin I, and lipid profile. The repo...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your ECG (electrocardiogram) report that you have attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) is normal. Follow the below measures to control high blood pressure. Avoid smoking and other addictions. Reduce salt intake in the diet. Reduce fatty foo...  Read Full »

How can I control hypertension and anxiety related to work?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had high blood pressure for the past few years, around 145/95 mmHg. Now for the last two months, I am taking Cardace 5 mg, one tablet at night. I am having elevated anxiety due to work stress. Should I continue with the same medication or change it? If a change, what other medic...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. You may increase the dose to 10 mg (milligram) if BP (blood pressure) remains persistently, despite following the measures. Measures to control BP are as follows. Avoid smoking and other addictions. Reduce salt intake in the diet. Reduce fat...  Read Full »

Why am I having sudden sharp chest pain with arm pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old boy. Since last 4 to 5 months sometimes sudden sharp chest pain is coming at different points and that comes only for 1 or 2 seconds only. And sometimes left arm is also paining but that also for a few seconds only. I have consulted an experienced cardiologist and do...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your tests are normal (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Pain is not due to heart. Other common cause of pain is anxiety and stress. For that do regular exercise, reduce weight if you are overweight, avoid any addiction if you are addicted to smoking, etc...  Read Full »

What is the reason for increased heart rate and chest tightness while standing and walking?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been to four different hospitals over within a year multiple times due to health anxiety and fear of heart failure, heart attack, etc. I am dealing with a lot of muscle tension, all my muscles are tight and I am always checking my heart rate constantly. For some reason, at times...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptoms seem to be due to anxiety. If all your workup is normal, there is nothing to worry about. I advise you to eat healthily, avoid fast foods, alcohol, etc. Do regular exercise, flush all the worries out of your life. There is nothing to worry about, always...  Read Full »

I have sudden episodes of increased heart rate. Is it related to anxiety or heart problems?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old female who recently has been having episodes of very fast heart rate; this has been happening on and off for the past weeks. It comes on very suddenly when it happens, and my heart rate goes up to 165 bpm; it is very frightening. I have been to my doctor twice, but h...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sudden onset of fast heart rate and sudden normalization can occur in a few conditions. I am giving you some details. SVT - This is one of the most common causes. The pulse rate is regular and fast, at around 160-200. Usually, there is no other symptom apart from palpitat...  Read Full »

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