hi, just found this support group and am looking forward to interacting. i had a single heart stent 2 years ago, no heart attack, just various symptoms that led to discovery. my situation is mild compared to so many others. yet, i have been frozen in fear as a result. i am just now admitting to myself and others that for the past two years i have been in an anxiety cycle with periods of panic attacks. when the anxiety occurs my mind immediately says heart. when full blown panic hits i'm bombarded with thoughts of dying. i have inappropriate reactions to body sensations like upset stomach or a painful twinge. i've looked for help at panic attack websites/forums since this started. took lexapro awhile and that helped, but all i wanted to do was sleep. getting off that stuff was pure misery.
my lightbulb came on tonight when i realized my anxiety was related to my heart stent so i should be looking for support from people in a like situation. so here i am. ready to meet new friends.
thanks for listening.