Cardiophobia – the fear of heart attacks. A general fear of heart attacks and cardiac disease is relatively normal. Most of us are aware of the importance of looking after our heart and we’ve all seen the fictional films where the star grabs his or her chest and keels over in agony – dead on the spot and out of the blue!
A general anxiety (to a certain degree) and awareness is actually beneficial. It helps us stay focussed on a relatively healthy lifestyle and aware of the dangers of eating the wrong foods, drinking too much, a lack of exercise, manageable levels of stress and, of course, smoking. This awareness results in an improved lifestyle and, hence, a reduced chance of a heart attack or heart disease.
For some though, this fear of heart attacks can be overwhelming to the point where it affects quality of life. At this stage it becomes the condition of Cardiophobia. Ironically, this can increase stress and actually make it the chances of a heart attack slightly more likely. So, it’s time to beat those Cardiophobia fears.
Cardiophobia, The Fear Of Heart Attacks – Causes
There’s usually a physical trigger for an irrational fear of heart attacks. This trigger is often quite easy to identify and two fold:
1: It may be a result of witnessing the effect of a heart attack on a third party. This could be a relative, a close friend or even witnessing the effects of a heart attack on a complete stranger. When we say “witnessing” we don’t just mean actually being there when the heart attack strikes. Simply the fact that a person is there one minute, healthy, happy and well and then either dead or lying in a hospital bed attached to wires and drips the next is enough to bring hope the fragility of life and be the catalyst for Cardiophobia.
2: The second trigger may be a result of actually having a heart attack. This leaves a fear of a repeat episode. This one I can actually completely relate to. I had a heart attack, completely unexpectedly, at the age of just 46. I was well one minute and in exteme discomfort the next. It was a wierd feeling – not overly painful, more incredibly uncomfortable. Sit, stand, lie, walk … nothing would alleviate the feeling. It was like nothing I’d ever felt before and I knew something was wrong so I called an ambulance.
Next minute I was in hospital with doctors running around and injecting clot-busting drugs. I was lucky and several days and a couple of strents later I was back at home beginning several minths of recovery.
The psychological effects of this experience was hard to overcome. I was scared to go out, scared to be alone. Every twinge of pain was another heart attack … the fear of another heart attack was potentially life changing.
Symptoms Of A Fear Of A Heart Attack
The fear of heart attacks can be quite severe. Whereas many other specific fears are triggers by an actual circumstance or event this one tends to consume every waking minute of life.
Every slight pain is the start of cardiac arrest. Any slight increase in blood pressure is the onset of heart disease. Any change in heart rate is an impending heart attack. You get the picture – the sufferer is obsessed and has an all-consuming Cardiophobia.
If left unmanaged the results are often life-affecting. Activities which may increase heart rate are avoided, exercise is kept within “safe levels” and the individual feels they cannot push themselves. Pulse rate and blood pressure are taken several times a day with any variation causing concerns. There’s a fear of being alone and even a fear of going out and situations of excitement or stress are avoided.
As mentioned earlier, ironically, these symptoms actually increase the chances of having a heart attack! They are not healthy and need to be addressed. As a knock on effect they also lead to dispair, hopelessness and depression.
Treatments For The Fear Of Heart Attacks
First of all, there’s nothing wrong with listening to the fear and improving your lifestyle. Learn to relax more, increase levels of exercise by walking more, swimming or join a gym. Watch what you eat to lower collesterol, lose a few pounds and drink more water. Reduce alcohol intake but drink the odd glass of red wine (supposed to help … in moderation of course!). Most of all, it goes without saying, quit the smoking!
For a long time there’s been a clinical link between stress and heart attacks. This is why it’s important to relax more too.
Those are physical cahnges we can all make right now to lower the actual chances of having a heart attack, or another hart attack but, whilst helping, these wont solve the psychological issues and the irrational fear.
There’s no instant cure and no miracle pill and drugs will only be prescribed in relation to any side effects such as depression etc.
Therapy, and inparticular, Cognitive Behavioual Therapy is perhaps the most common way to treat this and all similar irrational fears. It works by basically re-training the brains natural reaction to triggers with an end result of removing the irrational fear.
CBT, whilst highly effectinve can prove costly and time consuming which is why was also suggest you take a look at hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis For Fear Of Heart Attacks
Hypnosis for fear of heart attacks can sooth the irrational feeling of extreme fear. It can help you relax and thus providing a physical benefit of lowering blood pressure and heart rate too.
The specifically produced Calm Heart Attack Fears is a self-hyponisis download that targets just that. It focusses on the psychological aspects (the irrational fears) and aids relaxation to help with the physical symptoms
I can personally vouch for this program – it really does help. Best of all, this program is a highly cost effective audio download meaning that you can listen to it on your phone, computer or other adio device over and over again in a place and at a time to suit you.
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