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Many people experience heart palpitations during an anxiety attack. This pounding of your heartbeat can cause you to feel as if you are having a heart attack or as if you are going to die. The good news is that heart palpitations are often not serious and do not signal a health concern.
What are Heart Palpitations?
Heart palpitations have been described in numerous ways. It can be a feeling of your heart pounding, a racing heartbeat. Some people describe feeling as if they have skipped a heartbeat followed by strong heartbeats. Other people may feel their heartbeat becomes irregular, feeling as if they have periods of weak heartbeats and then periods of rapid heartbeats.
Anxiety and Heart Disease
Recent research has shown a correlation between an increased risk of heart disease and anxiety, therefore, if you are experiencing heart palpitations, it is wise to talk with your doctor and determine if there is a physical cause for your heart palpitations. Some p...
Cluster headaches are often said to be the most painful of all headaches. They have been described as "boring," bearing, burning," "like a hot poker in the eye," and as "suicide headaches." Verapamil, a calcium channel blocker frequently used for Migraine and headache prevention – increasingly for cluster headache, was recently studied in high doses for cluster headache prevention. Study Background The use of high dose verapamil has become increasingly common for the prevention of CH, with higher doses than used for heart conditions and hypertension needed. Side effects include atrioventricular block* and bradycardia**, although how frequently they occur in CH patients is not clear. There are no formal guidelines for the use of verapamil for CH. The authors of this study have developed a protocol, keeping in mind the potential for cardiac complications and reviewed the use of the protocol and the changes seen in EKG readings. ...
Cardiovascular means relating to or involving the heart and blood vessels. It's important to remember that it does mean relating to or involving blood vessels, not just the heart. Thus, it would include issues pertaining to stroke, peripheral artery disease, etc. We discuss cardiovascular issues when discussing increased risk of heart attack and stroke among Migraineurs. You can read more about cardiovascular issues Migraine in: Migraine and Stroke Risk Is Migraine a Progressive Brain Disease? Migraine Disease Linked to Cardiovascular Disease in Men Migraine with Aura Linked To Cardiovascular Disease in Women More Research Links Migraine With Aura and Stroke in Women Gene Linked To Migraine and Increased Stroke Risk For more terms, see our Migraine and Headache Glossary . Medical review by John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD. © Teri Robert, 2010 Last updated February 15, 2010
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