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Could a 19 year old have a heart disease of any kind

By Anonymous February 8, 2018 - 1:14pm
 
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Hello.
To start off, I am suffering from an anxiety disorder and extreme hypochondria that is being treated psychiatrically with medicine and also seeing a therapist regularly regarding my issues.
My anxiety performs by breathing disorders; it’s hard for me to feel like the breaths are satisfying and deep.
I started taking my meds about three months ago, and feel as though there is a slight difference for the better, though still not completely.
Anyways, lately I’ve noticed that I am getting fatigued quite easily, like walking up a steep way and talking at the same time, or walking not far distances and talking at the same time, or bending over and then getting up fast etc.

I am terrified that I am suffering from a heart related disease.
I need to state that I am not having any other worrying symptoms other than that stupid breathing anxiety disorder, nor do I have a history of heart disease running in my family (knock on wood).
I don’t have a cough, don’t usually wake up during the nights (and if I do than I go right back to sleep), not having any pain, just that sick feeling of being fatigued.
I also want to state that in the past couple months I have had blood tests that all came normal and had a general doctor listen to my breathings and heartbeat and said that everything is ok. (Though it was before i noticed that i am getting fatigued)
Also: i was never in shape, never ever, i am not fat or suffer from any abnormalities regarding my eatings/ sleep/ etc. Though it could have always been like that, only recently did I notice it, could be due to the anxiety.
Please, respond
Thank you
Best
Melody

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

People can have cancer, heart disease or many other conditions at any age.
You have been "diagnosed" as physically very healthy which should be celebrated. It sound like your anxiety and your health fixation is the cause of your medical fears. Continue talking this out with your therapist and taking your medication.
Best,
Susan

February 8, 2018 - 4:31pm
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