Heart beating too hard and/or fast, racing heart
Heart beating too heart, fast, racing heart symptom:
Your heart feels and sounds as though it is pounding unusually hard in your chest. You become aware of the heart's action and you fear there may be a problem with it. Sometimes it may beat unusually fast or feel like it is racing for no apparent reason.
Some describe this symptom as having a heart that feels like it is "thumping" in the chest.
The heart beating too hard, beating fast, racing heart feelings can persistently affect just one area of the chest, can shift and affect another area or areas of the chest, and can migrate all over the chest over and over again.
The heart beating too hard, beating fast, racing heart symptoms can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may feel your heart is beating too hard and/of fast once and a while and not that often, feel it off and on, or feel it all the time.
The heart beating too hard, beating fast, racing heart symptoms may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.
The heart beating too hard, beating fast, racing heart symptoms can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.
The heart beating too hard, fast, racing heart symptoms can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where it’s strong one moment and eases off the next.
The heart beating too hard, fast, racing heart symptoms can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.
All of the above combinations and variations are common.
What causes the heart beating too hard, beating fast, racing heart anxiety symptoms?
Anxiety causes the body to produce the stress response (also known as the fight or flight response). The stress response stresses the body. When the body becomes overly stressed, which we call stress-response hyperstimulation, the body can exhibit a wide variety of odd and unusual sensations and symptoms. The heart beating too hard, fast, racing heart symptoms is one of them.
How to get rid of the heart beating too hard, beating too fast, racing heart anxiety symptoms?
Because the heart beating too hard, fast, racing heart symptoms are just symptoms of elevated stress, they needn't be a cause for concern. Many people experience them when they are anxious or stressed. These symptoms subside when you reduce your stress and give your body ample time to calm down. As your body's stress returns to a more normal level, symptoms of stress subside, including these ones. Therefore, the heart beating too hard, beating too fast, racing heart anxiety symptoms needn't be a cause for concern.
Chapter 9 in the Recovery Support area of our website is our anxiety symptoms chapter. It contains detailed information about all anxiety symptoms, including what they are, why they occur, what you can do to eliminate them, and how many people experience them (the percentage of people who experience each anxiety symptom). Our anxiety symptoms chapter includes a more detailed description and explanation about the heart beating too hard, beating too fast, racing heart anxiety symptoms.
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to overcome anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - we call these core causes the underlying factors of anxiety - a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to eliminate problematic anxiety and its symptoms once and for all.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated June 2015.