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Heart palpitations won't stop

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tuffgingernut Sat 29-Oct-16 08:53:06

I know rationally that these are being caused by anxiety. I'm really in a panic at the moment and can't calm myself down. Spoke to GP last night and she's kindly written me a prescription for propranolol which i'm hoping will help. I'll go and pick that up at 9am. Any tips or coping strategies that anyone uses to calm down are much appreciated. I'm already on citalopram for PND. I can't face another day like yesterday. Thanks.

Lolimax Sat 29-Oct-16 09:00:30

Hi tuff. Propanolol will make a difference! In the meantime can you just concentrate on breathing, one breath at a time? Clear your head of any thoughts as they come in, let them bounce away. Later today try downloading a Mindfulness app, it can make a difference.
You will be fine, I promise.

Mitfordhons Sat 29-Oct-16 09:05:30

Write down a list of things for example;

10 red things
4 shiney things
3 clouds, what shape are they
6 songs with bird in the title

And then walk around your house and find them or list them. It'll take you focus off the palpitations.

Ellasshitholekitchen Sat 29-Oct-16 09:06:01

I was also coming on to say propranolol. I get them every now and then and try to always have some in. I hate the heart palpitations , it can make your anxiety feel worse and it's stops me sleeping. Get to a walk in centre today if you can so you can get a prescription.

Ellasshitholekitchen Sat 29-Oct-16 09:07:01

Just read your Gp has prescribed them grin hope they help

tuffgingernut Sat 29-Oct-16 09:16:47

Thanks everyone, will give these a go. I'm such an anxious mess at the moment. All set off by the stress of redundancy, job interviews etc. Writing it down here helps, feel less alone. I'm home with 3dc today. I need to get a grip as i'm worrying the eldest. Off to get prescription now.

NoNewNameIdeas Sat 29-Oct-16 09:25:18

OP, have you had an ECG to investigate your palpitations? I dismissed palpitations as anxiety but had an ECG anyway and was diagnosed with a rare non life-threatening heart condition. This often helps me:

www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Supraventricular-tachycardia/Pages/Treatment.aspx

Annoyingly, one doctor dismissed a two-day episode without suggesting an ECG, and, when I finally asked for one, the junior doctor who viewed the readings missed the sign of my syndrome. Only when an anaesthetist looked at the ECG in pre-op did I get the diagnosis.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 29-Oct-16 09:33:06

Sing your favourite song, it will help to regulate your breathing.
Hope you are feeling better very soon.💐

tuffgingernut Sat 29-Oct-16 12:29:22

Thanks NoNewNameIdeas, I have had 2 ECG's they did pick up a slight irregularity but apparently it's nothing to worry about (but of course I do) had propranolol and it's just taken the edge off them but definitely still there and have been since Thursday. Thanks Sugarpie, i've had a cheesy pop cd on this morning, you're right, it does help.

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