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Heart post (again)

hatboxghost

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Does anyone else constantly check their carotid artery on their neck for their pulse? I have been doing this a lot lately. Also, I feel like I can feel my heart rate change all the time. Like I’ll be standing still and I’ll feel it slow down and I’ll immediately put my fingers on my neck and it has slowed down, then it’ll start speeding back up a little, not a lot. Also, when I go from sitting to standing is when I can feel my pulse get really strong and slow and then start speeding up. So bizarre. Are we just hyper focused on our heart?
 

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I do the exact same thing. I have been super aware of my heart beat lately. Which only makes my heart rate go up
 

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I seriously imagine that probably happens all the time to everybody. Only everybody else is not doing what you are doing. Thus it is making you anxious and wonder about it. Just like a bad habit that you could try and stop doing. Then you won't ever notice it again.
 
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Its funny. I notice my heart beat more when im doing nothing then when im active like exercising or washing the car.
 

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Its funny. I notice my heart beat more when im doing nothing then when im active like exercising or washing the car.
This is how it goes for me as well. I feel great when I'm active, whether it's running around with the kids or washing the car. When I stop and start to relax it's like I can feel every single beat. It's just anxiety, causing hyper awareness of normal bodily sensations, but it can feel scary when you have anxiety.
 

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I used to this all the time, sometimes even counting my own heartbeats per minute.
My girlfriend paints and at one point she even said: 'if I would make a portrait of you, I would paint you like this' (checking my pulse in my neck).
So that's how often I was doing that.

At the time I was scared something was wrong with my heart, that's probably why I was always paying attention (consciously and subconsciously).
After I had some tests done that convinced me my heart was fine, I didn't feel the need to check anymore. Now I rarely feel anything related to my heart, and if even I do I don't think anything of it. So I think it is just hyperfocusing/hypersensitivity.

I am still very focused on head sensations though, so I know how you are feeling.
 

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Thank you all for your replies. I’m sure it is that I’m just hyper aware. I just don’t like the feeling it creates. It’s almost like a sinking feeling and the pounding starts and then it ends.
 

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I used to this all the time, sometimes even counting my own heartbeats per minute.
My girlfriend paints and at one point she even said: 'if I would make a portrait of you, I would paint you like this' (checking my pulse in my neck).
So that's how often I was doing that.

At the time I was scared something was wrong with my heart, that's probably why I was always paying attention (consciously and subconsciously).
After I had some tests done that convinced me my heart was fine, I didn't feel the need to check anymore. Now I rarely feel anything related to my heart, and if even I do I don't think anything of it. So I think it is just hyperfocusing/hypersensitivity.

I am still very focused on head sensations though, so I know how you are feeling.
That was me with lymph nodes once upon a time, when I was convinced I had lymphoma. A family member asked me if I was sick and why I kept checking my lymph nodes.

Thank you all for your replies. I’m sure it is that I’m just hyper aware. I just don’t like the feeling it creates. It’s almost like a sinking feeling and the pounding starts and then it ends.
It's not a great feeling, that's for sure. But it'll be fine
 
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