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Can Anxiety Cause Heart Damage/Failure?

I am a 30 year old female. I've been diagnosed with anxiety. It causes my heart to race at times and I get PVCs and PACs from time to time. These PVCs and PACs take my breath away and I can feel a spike in blood pressure. I take a few slow deep breaths and I feel better. I understand these are benign.

I am worried about my heart rate staying too high, above 100 BPM, for an extended time (hours to days). Would a heart rate above 100 BPM (tachycardia) for hours cause any problems like heart failure or damage my heart? I have had an EKG and echocardiogram. Both have come back normal.
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1807132 tn?1318743597
Not likely.  It's too close to normal.  Your heart can handle that rate.  Do your best to work on getting on top of your anxiety and I am sure your heart rate and premature beats will settle down.  Also avoid caffeine, sugars and carbohydrates, and anything else that may trigger acid reflux.  Drink plenty of water and make sure you do a proper warm up and cool down when you exercise.  Other than that the less attention you give the premature beats the better.  They really are harmless in an otherwise healthy heart.  Take care.
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