anxiety worsens my chest pain

By Rightbundlebranchblock Latest Reply 2011-04-02 23:31:37 -0500
Started 2010-12-24 22:04:03 -0600

I was diagnosed with a Right Bundle Branch Block a few months ago. When I get anxious and/or upset, I feel a tightening in my chest, sometimes a "flutter". At times, a sharp jab that lasts a few seconds. My MD has me on Isosorbide Mono daily. I am being treated for a chronic depression,and take anti-anxiety meds as well. Does anyone else feel this way?

19 replies

Rightbundlebranchblock 2011-04-02 19:16:01 -0500 Report

Today, I'm feeling really sad as the anniversary of my Dad's death is coming up. I feel like my heart is a chunk of lead in my chest.

HeartHawk 2011-04-02 23:31:37 -0500 Report


I am right with you! My mom is gone but not my dad just yet. When he goes I will be a wreck. Spent my whole life looking up to him!


devilsadvocate 2011-02-05 11:09:35 -0600 Report

My son says when he gets these sharp pains when he is upset it feels like he has a "cramp in his heart" It fades away but it is very worrisome to the both of us.

seaninjaxfla 2011-02-04 11:59:43 -0600 Report

i have chest pains as well worsens with anxiety or stress.. my blood pressure goes up in stressful situatiions.. i dont know what other physical heart problems i may have. i dont have insurance and medicare wont pay anything.. maybe i can throw myself at the mercy of a local hospital to see if i have a heart blockage.. worried.. plus im underweight and eat well but have sturggled with drinking problems.. the chest pain may be related to drinking

Rightbundlebranchblock 2011-01-09 15:51:41 -0600 Report

Hi again—Lately [the past 2 weeks or so], my BP has been in the 140's/90's. I usually run in the 1 teens/high 60's. I take 20 mg of Lisinopril, 5 mg of Bisoprolol, 10 mg of Isosorbide Mono, and 60 mg of Lasix daily. Of interest, my very part-time job was eliminated as of 12/29/10, due to "scaling back". I also have several teeth that have broken , due to chronic severe grinding. These will need some major work, but probably will end up being extracted. [I've been through all of the night guards and corrections, managing to chew a hole in a stainless steel bite splint! Yes, I'm also on anti-anxiety meds,too. Not very effective] My MD is watching the BP for now. I mention all of this to let others know how easily one's BP can be affected by life's stresses. Yes, I feel the symptoms I first mentioned now. Thanks for listening and your ideas.

modon 2011-01-05 07:09:02 -0600 Report

i have suffered 2 heart attack last sping, with 3 stents. now when i cry my chest gets really tight, ask dr. he had no clue why.

Life Saver
Life Saver 2010-12-29 22:27:05 -0600 Report

Have you considered trying higher doses of vitamin D3 for depression and other effects?

Rightbundlebranchblock 2011-01-02 13:57:42 -0600 Report

HI Life Saver! Yes, I'm taking VitD3. . .and have my levels checked every couple of months. My D3 level was quite low to start, and has been really tough to get up. I am of Northern European heritage,AND live in the northern midwest— a nice whammy !

HeartHawk 2010-12-25 23:10:56 -0600 Report


A right bundle branch block is a type of arrhythmia where the right ventricle does not pump in sync with the left ventricle and can be of varying severity (delay between left/right contractions). There is generally some underlying disease which I assume is the reason for your doc to prescribe the Isosorbide which is a nitrate drug (do you have angina).

It is common for anxiety alone (without underlying heart disease) to cause the symptoms you describe and can certainly increase those symptoms. It is also common for those with heart conditions to be anxious AND depressed (nasty double whammy). Trust me, I've been there and it is no fun.

The proven fact is, depressed people do worse physically especially those with heart disease. Treat your brain like any other organ and treat it with the full medical resources at your disposal including therapy. Don't shy away from agressive treatment because of enbarrassment or social stigma. Feel free to share with all of us here. We are all in the same boat. In fact, it will help not only you but others in the community to know they are not alone and have someone to share with!

Happy Holidays,


Rightbundlebranchblock 2011-02-02 19:02:10 -0600 Report

Hi again! I had an EKG done today as a routine procedure, and my MD stated the RBBB "was still there…" I guess I'd want to know if/when it may worsen, and what to expect then? Ideas? Comments?

Anonymous 2010-12-31 18:43:20 -0600 Report

Hi, I'm new to the group, but I have found, lately that I have chest tightening, when stress gets to a higher level. They tell me that's just something I have to live with. I, also have a lot of trouble with depression, too, and am on meds for that. I have high BP & cholesterol and leg swelling with pitting. I can't take diuretics, because they eventually have the opposite effect they're suppose to have, but the BP meds I'm on are supposedly working. I'm taking some time off from school, and am retired. I love school, but find it a bit stressful, at times, especially when my computer decides not to work.

HeartHawk 2011-01-02 11:35:16 -0600 Report


Welcome aboard. No doubt, heart disease or any disease is a cause for both frustration and depression. I fight it all the time as depression does nothing but worsen physical problems. Here are two things I ask you consider to help fight both your physical and behavioral challenges.

First, treat your brain like your heart or any other organ. Yeah, I know society can sometimes make it tough because of stigmas attached to "mind" problems. But, good friends, family, the people who count want you to pull out ALL the stops and get better. The brain is by far the most complex organ we have so treating it can be hit and miss and frustrating in its own right. Just do not be afraid to stay agressive and take it a step at a time. You mention you are/were in school. Start by becomi a student of the problem in its cures!

Second, find like-minded people who share your challenges and concerns. The feeling of isolation can be an over-powering enemy. Sites like this one are a good pplace to learn and share.

Happy New Year!


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