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Heart Problems from PTSD - what to do?
I have irregular heart rate, rapid heart rate, diagnosed heart murmur and chronic shortness of breath (has these problems for five years). There are physical problems which were caused from repetitive trauma (that also resulted in severe PTSD with dissocative and panic symptoms).  Are there any medications that I should be taking to treat the irregular heart rate?  My heart rate jumps from 30 - 185 during regular exercise at the gym every morning.  It has changed little in the past year of gym membership.  I'm female 30 yrs old 112 lbs 5'4"  

So far I have changed my life to eliminate the recurring traumatic experiences I was having, and I'm in psychotherapy to treat the PTSD and dissociation.  I want to know if I should be taking anything for the heart damage/problems.
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675718 tn?1449992146
your primary health care provider should handle those questions i have PTSD but i have not recieved any therapy is that what you go to psychotherapy because i am int erested in that one what do they do ? i also have schizophrenia :)
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2071923 tn?1331523065
Please ask your MD for beta blockers to take only at night for 1-2 years. They will help your heart situation and can heal PTSD completely. You should have fast results from this, reduced anxiety, better sleep, and calmer heart rate.
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2071923 tn?1331523065
EMDR is the best psychotherapy I know of for PTSD... fast, direct, effective.
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263988 tn?1281957896
See a primary physician and get a referral to a cardiologist. They will most likely place you on an event monitor and do some other tests to determine what should be done.

I have a similar problem. My symptoms are intermittent and coincide with emerging memories. I was diagnosed with Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation.

A fast, irregular heart rate can damage your heart through possible blood clots. It is a serious condition and needs medical attention.
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