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Anxiety, heart-related symptoms, coupled with lightheadedness and other stuff

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  • Posted By: noob5,000,000
  • June 13, 2010
  • 08:10 PM

Hey all, I've been having some alarming problems that no one can seem to figure out. It's really frustrating and kind of scary, so I'm looking for any ideas to look into.

First, some info about myself:
- 18 years old
- Male
- Caucasian (Polish, German) if it matters
- ~5' 9"
- ~235 lbs
- High cholesterol, particularly triglycerides (I don't have any exact number, but it's pretty high)
- Pretty sedentary lifestyle
- Not a great diet, lots of carbs, lots of microwaveable, processed stuff, Taco Bell 3/4/5 times a week.
- Family history of heart problems. Grandfather died of a heart attack, dad had 3 stents put in his heart about a year ago when he was 56 or so and also has A Fib, I believe high blood pressure runs in my mom's family.


This all started about a month ago, when I began having episodes where I was having trouble breathing, kind of felt like there was a big rubberband around my ribcage making it difficult to breathe in. These episodes would generally last for a few minutes at a time, about 3 or 4 times a day. After a couple days of dealing with this, I began having that same feeling pretty much constantly when I went to bed that night.

I went into emergency when that happened, a doctor listened to my lungs under a variety of breathing conditions and said everything sounded fine. My heartbeat would also feel like it was fluttering from time to time. They pointed out that my heartbeat had 'inverted T waves' on my EKG but didn't make a big deal about it (a cardiologist later said that is normal for someone my age ). When I was in the hospital, the breathing problem came and went in waves, it was basically gone by the next day.

I also had an echocardiogram the day after I went into emergency, they didn't note anything major except some calcification on the heart. After being discharged, I went and saw my GP and he also said that my lungs were fine. He then brought up the subject of anxiety and how it can cause those types of symptoms. It made a lot of sense to me, and I really felt a lot better after hearing that (the mind is a powerful thing, I guess).

After that, I was great for about 4 or 5 days. Then I noticed that I was having heart palpitations sporatically throughout the day. They seemed to be worst when I went to bed, but that may have just been because I was paying more attention to them when I was trying to sleep. The palpitations would sometimes be accompanied with a dull ache in the center of my chest, and I would feel a bunch of different pains and other feelings in the heart itself. It would sometimes feel as if there is a finger poking the side of my heart a couple times, sometimes it feels like a squeeze, stuff that you're generally not supposed to feel in your heart.

I saw a cardiologist for followup of the echocardiogram, he didn't note anything out of the ordinary. They did an EKG, listened to my heart and lungs and didn't point out anything wrong. He confirmed that the inverted T-waves were normal, and most people have them when they're below 20 or so. He said he didn't think anything was really wrong, but had me get a CT scan to rule anything out. After the CT scan, we got the results over the phone and they said my heart is fine, but I do have a pretty fatty liver.

I had been feeling pretty alright for about a week or so, just the occasional slightly uncomfortable palpitations. I had learned to deal with those, and I was getting on pretty normally.

Yesterday, I woke up with an odd feeling in my upper abdomen, extending up into my upper chest/lower neck area, almost seemed like it was in the esophagus. It was kind of like that feeling you get in your gut when you're really hungry, but moved slightly higher, with very slight nausea. All throughout the day, I would occasionally get lightheaded and slightly dizzy, sometimes feeling almost on the edge of passing out. I thought this had something to do with the fact that I hadn't eaten all day, so I came home and had a lot to eat. It seemed to subside a little, but never went completely away.

I woke up today, and I was still having the same lightheaded feelings on and off. I had a granola bar pretty much immediately after getting up, then some Taco Bell, and I'm still having it. Occasionally my hands will feel kind of weak and I'll get kind of a pressing feeling behind my eyes, and a slight chill in my torso. I'm still having the chest discomfort occasionally.


And that's basically where I stand now. I have another follow up scheduled with both the cardiologist and my GP soon, I'm looking for any ideas that I can bounce off of them to try to figure this thing out.

Could it just be more anxiety, since I'm getting more and more worried about it, creating a feedback loop of more symptoms and more anxiety, more symptoms, more anxiety, etc? This is really really aggravating, I'm tired of hearing nothing but "You're too young for this" :rolleyes:

It's also worth noting that I cut out caffeine almost completely about 2 months ago, after years of near-constant caffeine intake. I haven't had any at all in over 3 weeks. Could I be having withdrawals or something?

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  • I woke up earlier than I usually do this morning to discover that it felt like my heart was beating really fast and my heart was thumping pretty hard in my chest. I was also a little short of breath and couldn't fall back asleep because of those symptoms. I got out of bed and sat around for a while to try to calm myself down, after about an hour or so it felt normal again and I went back to sleep. I awoke normally later on (a little bit later then usual due to the hour or so I was awake earlier) feeling pretty much alright, but I still have a weird feeling in my chest that has been lingering for a while. It'd kind of hard to describe, I guess 'restricted' would be the best word I can think of. Like if I breathe in normally it feels like my lungs haven't filled all the way so I have to breathe deeper to compensate. I just find it odd that I'm still having symptoms like this even after my heart and lungs both checked out fine. I had a chest x-ray and 3 different doctors listening to my breathing on different days that didn't point out anything wrong with my lungs, and my heart has been checked via echocardiogram and CT scan and nothing major was discovered. Does it all come back to anxiety? :confused::confused::confused:
    noob5,000,000 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sounding like anxiety with those symptoms and the fact they couldnt find anything (sounds like decent medical people who really were paying attention and hence all the tests).. and yes you may notice your heart more when laying in bed when it's quiet etc. The more you stress about it, the more anxiety you may cause... you could be getting headaches or feeling like you are choking next. Your diet.. it really needs to be changed. Your doctor should of given you a lower cholestrol diet to follow. That will end up causing you trouble in the long run.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • u`ve a very good art of history giving :-) it sounds more like withdrawal symptoms ... how did u do discontinue caffeine ? was it daily tapering d quantity or did u stop all of a sudden ?
    arjun4mb 80 Replies Flag this Response
  • Your diet.. it really needs to be changed. Your doctor should of given you a lower cholestrol diet to follow. That will end up causing you trouble in the long run.Yeah I know, I've been trying to do better lately. I think I've already lost a little bit of weight, and I'm watching the intake of the bad stuff. u`ve a very good art of history giving :-) it sounds more like withdrawal symptoms ... how did u do discontinue caffeine ? was it daily tapering d quantity or did u stop all of a sudden ?Well my caffeine intake was nearly constant since I was a kid, I used to drink Coke all throughout the day, sometimes 8 or 10 in one day. About 2 or 3 months ago, I tapered it down to 1 or 2 a day for about a week, then I pretty much quit cold turkey. I would occasionally have one every couple days, then I pretty much quit altogether. I haven't had any caffeine at all in a long time (probably close to a month).
    noob5,000,000 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Just an update, I went to the cardiologist yesterday to follow up on the CT scan results. Nothing abnormal with my heart at all, he briefly brought up the fatty liver but didn't seem too concerned about it, he mentioned that losing weight will reduce the liver fat. I'm paying more attention to that, I lost 6 pounds since the last time I was there a couple weeks ago. Overall, I've been feeling pretty good lately. The amount of 'heart pokes' and random chest pains is lower (still occur from time to time though), I'm still have some problems however. I was feeling kind of 'off' all day yesterday. Like when I was breathing, I would feel like my breath was catching in the top half of my lungs and I had to inhale really hard, and I would get kind of light-headed or dizzy for 1 or 2 seconds every once in a while. My hands have also been getting kind of cold and sweaty every once in a while. I also just recently noticed a light headache and some 'pressure' in my head that comes and goes. Could all this stuff still be anxiety-related? I know anxiety can cause all these kind of symptoms, but there's nothing I'm really anxious about :confused:. I guess I do have concerns about 'the big picture' in my life, but there's no specific events coming up that I'm worried about.
    noob5,000,000 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hey all, I've been having some alarming problems that no one can seem to figure out. It's really frustrating and kind of scary, so I'm looking for any ideas to look into.First, some info about myself:- 18 years old- Male- Caucasian (Polish, German) if it matters- ~5' 9"- ~235 lbs - High cholesterol, particularly triglycerides (I don't have any exact number, but it's pretty high)- Pretty sedentary lifestyle- Not a great diet, lots of carbs, lots of microwaveable, processed stuff, Taco Bell 3/4/5 times a week. - Family history of heart problems. Grandfather died of a heart attack, dad had 3 stents put in his heart about a year ago when he was 56 or so and also has A Fib, I believe high blood pressure runs in my mom's family. This all started about a month ago, when I began having episodes where I was having trouble breathing, kind of felt like there was a big rubberband around my ribcage making it difficult to breathe in. These episodes would generally last for a few minutes at a time, about 3 or 4 times a day. After a couple days of dealing with this, I began having that same feeling pretty much constantly when I went to bed that night. I went into emergency when that happened, a doctor listened to my lungs under a variety of breathing conditions and said everything sounded fine. My heartbeat would also feel like it was fluttering from time to time. They pointed out that my heartbeat had 'inverted T waves' on my EKG but didn't make a big deal about it (a cardiologist later said that is normal for someone my age ). When I was in the hospital, the breathing problem came and went in waves, it was basically gone by the next day.I also had an echocardiogram the day after I went into emergency, they didn't note anything major except some calcification on the heart. After being discharged, I went and saw my GP and he also said that my lungs were fine. He then brought up the subject of anxiety and how it can cause those types of symptoms. It made a lot of sense to me, and I really felt a lot better after hearing that (the mind is a powerful thing, I guess).After that, I was great for about 4 or 5 days. Then I noticed that I was having heart palpitations sporatically throughout the day. They seemed to be worst when I went to bed, but that may have just been because I was paying more attention to them when I was trying to sleep. The palpitations would sometimes be accompanied with a dull ache in the center of my chest, and I would feel a bunch of different pains and other feelings in the heart itself. It would sometimes feel as if there is a finger poking the side of my heart a couple times, sometimes it feels like a squeeze, stuff that you're generally not supposed to feel in your heart. I saw a cardiologist for followup of the echocardiogram, he didn't note anything out of the ordinary. They did an EKG, listened to my heart and lungs and didn't point out anything wrong. He confirmed that the inverted T-waves were normal, and most people have them when they're below 20 or so. He said he didn't think anything was really wrong, but had me get a CT scan to rule anything out. After the CT scan, we got the results over the phone and they said my heart is fine, but I do have a pretty fatty liver. I had been feeling pretty alright for about a week or so, just the occasional slightly uncomfortable palpitations. I had learned to deal with those, and I was getting on pretty normally. Yesterday, I woke up with an odd feeling in my upper abdomen, extending up into my upper chest/lower neck area, almost seemed like it was in the esophagus. It was kind of like that feeling you get in your gut when you're really hungry, but moved slightly higher, with very slight nausea. All throughout the day, I would occasionally get lightheaded and slightly dizzy, sometimes feeling almost on the edge of passing out. I thought this had something to do with the fact that I hadn't eaten all day, so I came home and had a lot to eat. It seemed to subside a little, but never went completely away. I woke up today, and I was still having the same lightheaded feelings on and off. I had a granola bar pretty much immediately after getting up, then some Taco Bell, and I'm still having it. Occasionally my hands will feel kind of weak and I'll get kind of a pressing feeling behind my eyes, and a slight chill in my torso. I'm still having the chest discomfort occasionally.And that's basically where I stand now. I have another follow up scheduled with both the cardiologist and my GP soon, I'm looking for any ideas that I can bounce off of them to try to figure this thing out.Could it just be more anxiety, since I'm getting more and more worried about it, creating a feedback loop of more symptoms and more anxiety, more symptoms, more anxiety, etc? This is really really aggravating, I'm tired of hearing nothing but "You're too young for this" :rolleyes:It's also worth noting that I cut out caffeine almost completely about 2 months ago, after years of near-constant caffeine intake. I haven't had any at all in over 3 weeks. Could I be having withdrawals or something?i used to have the same problem caused by greasy fast and fried foods that gave me pains and fainting feeling so bed that i would get white and very weak and could only take very shallow breaths because if i took a deep breath it would cause the chest pain to get worse. i also had a close friend that eats fatty drive thru food and he has the same pain.... eat better and i bet it goes away
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  • Another thing I've been noticing lately, a dull throbbing in my chest and left arm that comes and goes. I know left arm pain is a heart attack symptom, but this isn't pain, just a light throbbing feeling. It usually occurs in time with a similar feeling in the left side of my chest. I'm not so sure that there's nothing wrong with my heart. I keep getting various physical symptoms. I also had an incident a couple days ago when I was laying in bed where I had really severe, sharp pain in the center of my chest that lasted for quite a long time (probably a minute or so). I almost got up and rushed to the ER, but it subsided after a few minutes. This was 3 or 4 days ago, and I haven't dropped dead or anything so it must have not been anything major. My sleep schedule has also been way off lately. For the last couple weeks I've been consistently falling asleep after it get's light in the morning and waking up mid-afternoon. I've always been kind of a night owl (generally going to sleep around 3-4 am, waking up around noon), but this is way beyond. I'm supposed to be seeing my doctor soon, hopefully he has something to offer. I really want to figure out this heart stuff.
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  • I also had an incident a couple days ago when I was laying in bed where I had really severe, sharp pain in the center of my chest that lasted for quite a long time (probably a minute or so). I almost got up and rushed to the ER, but it subsided after a few minutes. Are you aware that anxiety can actually give chest pains. My hands have also been getting kind of cold and sweaty every once in a while. cold sweaty hands are a quite common anxiety symptom and so are headaches. http://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety-symptoms.shtml
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • a friend of mine was having same symptoms you have, and cardiologist and doctors cannot figure it out.. it turned out his back was way out of alignment, and it affected pain in his chest and ribcage, you might want to see a back specialist.. i know it sounds weird but this can be from something else.. im going thru some stuff myself.. feel free to email me. rickieboi@gmail.com hope your feeling better.Hey all, I've been having some alarming problems that no one can seem to figure out. It's really frustrating and kind of scary, so I'm looking for any ideas to look into.First, some info about myself:- 18 years old- Male- Caucasian (Polish, German) if it matters- ~5' 9"- ~235 lbs - High cholesterol, particularly triglycerides (I don't have any exact number, but it's pretty high)- Pretty sedentary lifestyle- Not a great diet, lots of carbs, lots of microwaveable, processed stuff, Taco Bell 3/4/5 times a week. - Family history of heart problems. Grandfather died of a heart attack, dad had 3 stents put in his heart about a year ago when he was 56 or so and also has A Fib, I believe high blood pressure runs in my mom's family. This all started about a month ago, when I began having episodes where I was having trouble breathing, kind of felt like there was a big rubberband around my ribcage making it difficult to breathe in. These episodes would generally last for a few minutes at a time, about 3 or 4 times a day. After a couple days of dealing with this, I began having that same feeling pretty much constantly when I went to bed that night. I went into emergency when that happened, a doctor listened to my lungs under a variety of breathing conditions and said everything sounded fine. My heartbeat would also feel like it was fluttering from time to time. They pointed out that my heartbeat had 'inverted T waves' on my EKG but didn't make a big deal about it (a cardiologist later said that is normal for someone my age ). When I was in the hospital, the breathing problem came and went in waves, it was basically gone by the next day.I also had an echocardiogram the day after I went into emergency, they didn't note anything major except some calcification on the heart. After being discharged, I went and saw my GP and he also said that my lungs were fine. He then brought up the subject of anxiety and how it can cause those types of symptoms. It made a lot of sense to me, and I really felt a lot better after hearing that (the mind is a powerful thing, I guess).After that, I was great for about 4 or 5 days. Then I noticed that I was having heart palpitations sporatically throughout the day. They seemed to be worst when I went to bed, but that may have just been because I was paying more attention to them when I was trying to sleep. The palpitations would sometimes be accompanied with a dull ache in the center of my chest, and I would feel a bunch of different pains and other feelings in the heart itself. It would sometimes feel as if there is a finger poking the side of my heart a couple times, sometimes it feels like a squeeze, stuff that you're generally not supposed to feel in your heart. I saw a cardiologist for followup of the echocardiogram, he didn't note anything out of the ordinary. They did an EKG, listened to my heart and lungs and didn't point out anything wrong. He confirmed that the inverted T-waves were normal, and most people have them when they're below 20 or so. He said he didn't think anything was really wrong, but had me get a CT scan to rule anything out. After the CT scan, we got the results over the phone and they said my heart is fine, but I do have a pretty fatty liver. I had been feeling pretty alright for about a week or so, just the occasional slightly uncomfortable palpitations. I had learned to deal with those, and I was getting on pretty normally. Yesterday, I woke up with an odd feeling in my upper abdomen, extending up into my upper chest/lower neck area, almost seemed like it was in the esophagus. It was kind of like that feeling you get in your gut when you're really hungry, but moved slightly higher, with very slight nausea. All throughout the day, I would occasionally get lightheaded and slightly dizzy, sometimes feeling almost on the edge of passing out. I thought this had something to do with the fact that I hadn't eaten all day, so I came home and had a lot to eat. It seemed to subside a little, but never went completely away. I woke up today, and I was still having the same lightheaded feelings on and off. I had a granola bar pretty much immediately after getting up, then some Taco Bell, and I'm still having it. Occasionally my hands will feel kind of weak and I'll get kind of a pressing feeling behind my eyes, and a slight chill in my torso. I'm still having the chest discomfort occasionally.And that's basically where I stand now. I have another follow up scheduled with both the cardiologist and my GP soon, I'm looking for any ideas that I can bounce off of them to try to figure this thing out.Could it just be more anxiety, since I'm getting more and more worried about it, creating a feedback loop of more symptoms and more anxiety, more symptoms, more anxiety, etc? This is really really aggravating, I'm tired of hearing nothing but "You're too young for this" :rolleyes:It's also worth noting that I cut out caffeine almost completely about 2 months ago, after years of near-constant caffeine intake. I haven't had any at all in over 3 weeks. Could I be having withdrawals or something?
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  • Hello noob5(series of zeroes),I found this forum while searching through google and created this account to ask if things have gotten better for you or if you found the source of the problem. I recently started having the same symptoms/issues with the heart and lightheartedness and am getting worried. I also recently stopped drinking coffee cold turkey like you. Did the situation improve, any feedback would be great. I really hope things got better. Thanks.
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  • Hello noob5(series of zeroes),I found this forum while searching through google and created this account to ask if things have gotten better for you or if you found the source of the problem. I recently started having the same symptoms/issues with the heart and lightheartedness and am getting worried. I also recently stopped drinking coffee cold turkey like you. Did the situation improve, any feedback would be great. I really hope things got better. Thanks.I'm doing a lot better actually. My doctor eventually put me on Citalopram, which is actually an anti-depressant, but it is often prescribed for anxiety. But really, I think just the knowledge that my chest pain symptoms are from anxiety rather than a physical ailment really helped a lot, too. Before, I would have chest pains from anxiety and think they were a heart problem, then the anxiety would get worse, then the symptoms would get worse, then the anxiety would get worse, and so on and so on. In fact, I'm going to talk to my doctor about going off the medication next time I see him. I still think you should get your heart and stuff checked out first, though, to rule out anything.Hope that helps.
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  • Hello noob5(series of zeroes), I found this forum while searching through google and created this account to ask if things have gotten better for you or if you found the source of the problem. I recently started having the same symptoms/issues with the heart and lightheartedness and am getting worried. I also recently stopped drinking coffee cold turkey like you. Did the situation improve, any feedback would be great. I really hope things got better. Thanks. Makaveli.. Im usually good at telling what is anxiety related stuff and what is being caused by other things... often the differences can be extremely subtle. So if you'd like, give me more details of your case and I'll tell you what I think. eg what symptoms do you have exactly? (include them all). When do they come on? anything trigger them off? Does anything improve them? Knowing your age could be helpful to .. as some things appear more commonly in certain age groups eg POTS (which can cause lightheadedness, heart stuff and other symptoms) is more common in teens. Anyway.. give me more feedback if you wish me to comment on your case.
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  • Makaveli.. Im usually good at telling what is anxiety related stuff and what is being caused by other things... often the differences can be extremely subtle. So if you'd like, give me more details of your case and I'll tell you what I think.eg what symptoms do you have exactly? (include them all). When do they come on? anything trigger them off? Does anything improve them?Knowing your age could be helpful to .. as some things appear more commonly in certain age groups eg POTS (which can cause lightheadedness, heart stuff and other symptoms) is more common in teens.Anyway.. give me more feedback if you wish me to comment on your case.taniaaust1,Thank you for your interest. I really appreciate you guys taking your time to answer my questions. I just never had this feeling before and it is unsettling. It has been a week since I have been getting this lightheartedness and heart issue. In the last couple of days, the lightheartedness has gotten better. I am going to see a cardiologist tomorrow, so we'll see what he has to say. As for the other information about myself. I will try to give as many details as I can. I am 22 years old. I have bethlem myopathy(muscle condition), so I'm pretty thin. This condition does not affect the heart though. I have had scoliosis and corrective surgery(6 years ago, I never had heart problems from them, so I dont think that's it). About the issue at hand. I went to the emergency room 7/3/11 because of this issue. Everything checked out fine. I had a really bad flu a couple of days before, it was bad for one day and all the symptoms went away, except for my throat. My throat wasn't getting any better, so I saw a doctor on 7/7/11 and he prescribed amoxicillin 500 because he thought it was probably a bacteria infection. I also told him about the lightheartedness and he said something about my ears causing that. I've been taking a capsule every 8 hrs since then. I also stopped drinking caffeine after that 7/3/11 trip to emergency room. My heartbeat is high in the morning. It goes fast if I get up from laying down. Laying down is usually 85-95. Standing above 100. My heart feels like its being tickled or rubbing against my chest when walking. I am thinking that the cause may be a combination of all these things. I'm interested in what you guys think.
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  • taniaaust1,Thank you for your interest. I really appreciate you guys taking your time to answer my questions. I just never had this feeling before and it is unsettling. It has been a week since I have been getting this lightheartedness and heart issue. In the last couple of days, the lightheartedness has gotten better. I am going to see a cardiologist tomorrow, so we'll see what he has to say. As for the other information about myself. I will try to give as many details as I can. I am 22 years old. I have bethlem myopathy(muscle condition), so I'm pretty thin. This condition does not affect the heart though. I have had scoliosis and corrective surgery(6 years ago, I never had heart problems from them, so I dont think that's it). About the issue at hand. I went to the emergency room 7/3/11 because of this issue. Everything checked out fine. I had a really bad flu a couple of days before, it was bad for one day and all the symptoms went away, except for my throat. My throat wasn't getting any better, so I saw a doctor on 7/7/11 and he prescribed amoxicillin 500 because he thought it was probably a bacteria infection. I also told him about the lightheartedness and he said something about my ears causing that. I've been taking a capsule every 8 hrs since then. I also stopped drinking caffeine after that 7/3/11 trip to emergency room. My heartbeat is high in the morning. It goes fast if I get up from laying down. Laying down is usually 85-95. Standing above 100. My heart feels like its being tickled or rubbing against my chest when walking. I am thinking that the cause may be a combination of all these things. I'm interested in what you guys think. Could be just a short term after effect of a virus seeing you've been recently sick and havent had it for long.
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  • yes, it could be anxiety - but when it comes to heart issues that needs to be the very last thing considered. YOu have a very positive family history that needs to be paid attention to. also, to be so young with such high cholesterol and triglicerides, I would begin to wonder if you should have testing to see if you have blocked arteries. I am esp concerned about the arteries in your neck which can lead to all the issues you have described. When the arteries in your neck get blocked, it can lead to stroke, heart attack, etc. if your arteries are even half blocked or contain a lot of cholesterol, a piece can break off and if it's big enough, can lead to some very very serious heart or brain issues. even if you do have anxiety, that doesn't mean some real is not wrong. If you watch the paper, you will see that young men have heart attacks all the time now due to really poor diet. Fatty liver disease if nothing to laugh about - it's I think, one of the most common causes of cirrhosis unrelated to alcohol and the need for a liver transplant. change your diet. if you care about your life, you have all the symptoms and history you need to either change your diet or plan on living a shorter life. I am not a dr. Your symptoms scare me. Don't let a dr. blow you off. ASK to have the arteries in your heart and neck checked for blockage. this can be very serious and I hate it that its' being turned into "anxiety" so quickly when all the hallmark signs are there. esp your terrible family history. sugar also causes hi cholesterol and triglicerides. not only fat. also, fake sugar and soda is terrible for your liver. if your heart and arteries turn out to be fine, you still have some serious issues you need to jump on. see a dietician. change your life before it's too late. lightheadedness concerns me greatly when it comes to your carotids. a scan can check on how blocked they are. this can be very dangerous to your life and easily discovered and surgically repaired. It's easy to blow it off since you are so young, but you have a very dangerous family history and personal history of dietary abuses and already seriously high cholesterol and trig. a fast beating heart can CAUSE anxiety, I know it can. that doesn't mean the fast beating heart is FROM anxiety. see if you can pay attention to which comes first. If you get anxious because your heart if doing weird things and you have lightheadedness, get help. immediate help. an EKG doesn't tell the whole story. if needed, get a new dr. don't let them blow you off because of your age. High school kids and athletes are having serious heart issues all the time. it's in the paper all the time. esp since younger people's diets, like yours, has been horrendous. have you been honest with your dr's about your diet and your family history? what did they say about your off the wall trig. and cholesterol? did they suggest a nutritional person? if not, they are not doing the mimimum of their job. see someone new. ASK for a carotid artery scan. read about carotid artery blockage. see if it rings a bell. if you are not happy with the care you are getting, get different help esp with this kind of serious symptoms and family and personal history and meanwhile, change your diet. entirely. check out the "antiinflammatory diet" which will help reduce any inflamation in your liver, your arteries etc.hope this helps. I am not a dr. but I am a nurse and your symptoms frighten me. please get help and if the people you are seeing are not taking you seriously, get a second opinion. perhaps see your father's dr so that he understands your serious background and WILL take your symptoms seriously, and if after ruling the rest out, then get treatment for your anxiety. don't let them tell you it's anxiety until all the other things have been ruled out - esp carotid artery disease and other arterial issues. that may not show on only an ekg. hope this scared you just enough to get further help. I am not an alarmist, but I am alarmed. please get help. your symptoms are right on for some conditions that you need to get help with - potentially. be.
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