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266195 tn?1215314011
Sustained heart rate 160-180bpm
I ws taken to the hospital during a panic attack, and my heart rate was sustained around 160-180.  They performed an EKG, chest x-ray and took blood while my heat rate was around 170.  If I had some sort of arrhythmia that caused sudden tachycardia, wouldnt they have found it, since they did those tests during my episode?  they said everything was fine except the fast heartbeat.

It's just someone told me that it was not normal to have a heartrate that high during a panic attack, but i've heard of people having them that hight before, i was just gonna check and see what everyone here thought

thanks,

doug

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Just went today to the lovely hospital. Had all the same test and it was a panic attack w/ a heart rate of 160-170 for almost an hour. I almost passed out three times. Just about the time I'd calm down and it would start to drop, it would skyrocket back up again. Freaked me out.
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511019 tn?1214340923
If you were having an arrhythmia during your EKG, then it's very likely that the ER doctor would have detected it.  Sinus tachycardia can be caused by things other than arrhythmia though.

My husband has panic attacks that result in inappropriate sinus tachycardia, so anxiety can defiantly cause sinus tachycardia.  Inappropriate sinus tachycardia can also be caused by sick sinus syndrome or autonomic disorders.  Those are usually detected from with a tilt table test.  Valve problems are better detected by an Echo, and can cause episodes of anxiety and sinus tachycardia.
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i had the exact same thing my pulses and heart went upto 180 and over, my arm tightened up and could hardy move me fingers, i was so scarred. ecg and chest x ray were all fine it's very scary i thought i was going to die! can anyone tell me if that is dfangerous or if they have had the same  symtoms?
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967168 tn?1343732745
I've had hr's 160's 180's -200's, pvc's & vt runs and can be quite scary;  you need to have a full cardiac workup outside an ER setting if you haven't.

Sometimes high hr's can be a sign of something more serious; your dr is the one who decides =)
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