No body mentioned an anxiety disorder would develop with heart problems!
I nearly died three weeks ago with a stage three heart block. Heart rate was 20 bpm. I am a 61 year old female being treated for mild heart failure cased by left-bundle-branch block. I was taking carvedilol (Coreg). The dose was recently slightly increased which caused the heart block. At first, the beta-blocker was the primary cause. Then they put in a cardiac loop, and that recorded my heart stopping twice. I learned this on a Friday and by Monday I had a 3 wire CRT put in. I’ve been scared to move. I feel every little wiggle and rhythm that occurs. At my doctors office, I found out that the device runs a daily test sequence - nobody told me this, either! Well, the anxiety is better, but I am taking a very low dose of Xanax. I was told to walk. I did and tried to stay as active as possible yesterday with little tasks. I did feel a lot better and actually slept most of the night. The anxiety is really debilitating. Besides -breathing techniques, moving cold air helps with the breathing. Anyone have other techniques to share? Has anyone done hypnotherapy? What about counseling? Thanks for sharing your ideas!