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Offline scottportland

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anxiety / heart attack conundrum.....
« on: June 06, 2014, 06:05:17 PM »
this has been bugging me for some time. in the distant past and also more recently, ive had anxiety, sometimes minor, and sometimes severe. since often anxiety mimics a heart attack, i often think im having a heart attack when anxiety creeps up on me. im 42, and a year ago i had a treadmill test, got into the target zone that they wanted me to get into and all was well. so now a year on, sometimes i think im having a heart attack, usually when im stressed out in the car. but i can run up flights of stairs and only be breathing a little bit harder than normal. now if my heart was weak, more than likely i would have a heart attack running up stairs, right? i think this is a case of hypochondria and anxiety because i focus in on every little symptom as telltale when it probably is not.
in any case, it would be more likely that i would have a heart attack while physically exerting myself than from some stress. naturally stress isnt good for you, but a little bit of it isnt going to give you cardiac arrest when you can run up a few flights of stairs without much exertion. is this correct?
and i also would like to know what would improve the overall condition of my cardio system, cardio or bodyweight exercises or a combination of the two?

Offline Warren Dew

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Re: anxiety / heart attack conundrum.....
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2014, 02:15:39 PM »
I'm told that an actual heart attack is unmistakeable - "it feels like an elephant is standing on your chest".

Yes, you're more likely to get a heart attack when you're exerting yourself.

On paleo, keeping yourself hydrated is probably the best way to avoid heart attacks.  Getting adequate water seems to halve the incidence of heart attacks:

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/155/9/827.full

Personally, I suspect that some form of high intensity interval training (HIIT) is the best for cardiovascular fitness.  I don't know that it's been proven scientifically, though.