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One of the most common symptoms of anxiety is an acute awareness of one’s own heartbeat. These heartbeats, or palpitations, may involve a sense of the heart beating rapidly, often accompanied by abnormal rhythms. Some people describe heart flutter as a sensation. There may be awareness of extra beats or missing beats. Palpitations may occur during activity or at rest. Little wonder that such pronounced sensations lead many to question whether they are about to have a heart attack. Very often this results in calls for medical assistance.
Palpitations themselves are not serious but they could indicate something more severe. Some estimates suggest that nearly 50 percent of referrals to cardiac specialists come from complaints of palpitations. Despite this, most cases tend to be due to anxiety.
Before anxiety is ruled in, the doctor will first want to exclude any physical causes, which can include diet and lifestyle. Fitness, especially if this involves vigorous forms ...
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