Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 55257

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does an anxiety disorder cause heart rate to vary?

Posted by Dubya on March 1, 2001, at 18:58:56

Does an anxiety disorder cause heart rate to fluctuate from 60bpm to 96bpm, to 76bpm to 72bpm within a 10 minute period? I am in my room, alone, in my family's house, they are watching TV.

 

Re: does an anxiety disorder cause heart rate to vary? Dubya

Posted by Sulpicia on March 1, 2001, at 22:32:11

In reply to does an anxiety disorder cause heart rate to vary?, posted by Dubya on March 1, 2001, at 18:58:56

Depends on how anxious you are. I would look at your meds first.
Have you started anything new recently? Changed dosages? Some of the AD
meds can cause your heart to race, as can too high a dose of pstims.
Food interaction is always a remote possibility. You can check your meds
for interactions with the med checker at Dr.Koop.com

Hearts are fragile -- were I in your position, unless this sensation is
very familiar to you, I would check with the prescribing doc. It goes without
saying that tachycardia that doesn't stop fairly quicky needs immediate medical
attention.

Take care,
S.

 

yes

Posted by danf on March 2, 2001, at 7:02:44

In reply to does an anxiety disorder cause heart rate to vary?, posted by Dubya on March 1, 2001, at 18:58:56

The halmark of anxiety is autonomic lability...

 

Re: does an anxiety disorder cause heart rate to v

Posted by JahL on March 2, 2001, at 20:46:27

In reply to does an anxiety disorder cause heart rate to vary?, posted by Dubya on March 1, 2001, at 18:58:56

> Does an anxiety disorder cause heart rate to fluctuate from 60bpm to 96bpm, to 76bpm to 72bpm within a 10 minute period? I am in my room, alone, in my family's house, they are watching TV.

When I took Clomipramine, it had noticable cardiac effects (apparent soon after dosing), including heart rate fluctuations.

 

Re: yes danf

Posted by dj on March 5, 2001, at 23:09:44

In reply to yes, posted by danf on March 2, 2001, at 7:02:44

> The halmark of anxiety is autonomic lability...

Which means, what???

 

Re: yes

Posted by danf on March 6, 2001, at 4:04:29

In reply to Re: yes danf, posted by dj on March 5, 2001, at 23:09:44

> > The halmark of anxiety is autonomic lability...
>
> Which means, what???


anxiety has 2 major parts.
1) mental ... thought related... unwanted thoughts, etc.
2) autonomic lability.

autonomic nervous system has effects on BP, Heart rate, skin blood flow, food transit time in the gut, salivation, nasal stuffiness, trenors, etc --- > a whole bunch of things...

In anxiety some of these areas are triggered to react by thoughts or general emotional circumstances or nothing.... the result is 'panic' related symptoms;;; it is not just an increase in basal adrenergic tone

just a few .... urgent urination, palpitations, sweating, flushing, radiating hot prickles, BP spikes, etc

these events occur 'out of context', the autonomic system is working out of step with what the person & the body wants or expects. these effects bounce around, up & down...

labile fits this situation very well.

BP spikes, HR spikes, flushes, sweating, etc are frequent & common occurences with anxiety 'attacks'

 

Re: And... danf

Posted by dj on March 6, 2001, at 5:10:50

In reply to Re: yes, posted by danf on March 6, 2001, at 4:04:29

> > basal adrenergic tone

Because there are words there I can guess that this means the base rate of the adrenal alertness..

>BP spikes, HR spikes

And with some thought, and because of the modifiers and context I assume you mean blood pressure by BP and heart rate by HR, however I am not entirely certain, though I am generally so...and if I attempted to look up the latter two I wouldn't even know where to begin...

Thanks for the overview, nonetheless...

 

Re: And...

Posted by danf on March 6, 2001, at 10:17:19

In reply to Re: And... danf, posted by dj on March 6, 2001, at 5:10:50

BP & HR are pretty much standard for blood pressure & heart rate.

 

Re: And... danf

Posted by dj on March 6, 2001, at 10:53:56

In reply to Re: And..., posted by danf on March 6, 2001, at 10:17:19

> BP & HR are pretty much standard for blood >pressure & heart rate.

I had never encountered them before, though ironically after I read your post I came across them again below in: Re: Muscle tension and ADs Alice Fay 3/6/01


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