21 Years Old - Heart Palpitations
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|Wed, 03-30-2005 - 6:31pm|
I am 21 years old, and I have been experiencing heart flutters or "flip flops" for the past 4 years. They seem to have started when I started college. I am an Aerospace Engineering major, so you can imagine my stress level at times. I can go days or even weeks without feeling the flip-flop, and then sometimes I can have several in one day (4-6 is the most frequent I've felt in one day) They do seem to be much more frequent when I am stressed, or when I have caffeine (I cut out caffeine from my diet several years ago and I am now intolerant of it)
As I said, I'm 21 years old, I'm healthy (as far as I know), I exercise (tennis and walking), and I'm about 10lbs overweight (5'7" and 150lbs) I have no other symptoms with my palpitations other than a momentary feeling of panic when they scare me.
My problem is that I have a terrible phobia of doctors and hospitals that I have had for my entire life. When the time comes for me to have to visit one, I deal with extreme anxiety and panic attacks at times. I realize that this is completely ridiculous for someone my age, but it is a real problem that I have to deal with. Obviously, because of this, I haven't seen a doctor about these palpitations. I realize how possibly dangerous it could be for me to wait over 4 years with these things and not see someone about it.. but now I'm thinking that if they haven't hurt me yet, they aren't going to (false logic, I'm sure)
What do you think? Should I deal with the inevitable panic attack and see someone about this? Or do you think my condition is not bad enough to warrant a trip? What symptoms/occurances should be a red light to see a doctor immediately about this?
PS - I'm very sorry if this gets posted twice. I am having a shaky internet connection tonight, and I wasn't sure if my first post made it or not.