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Oh my! My husband has just been through every heart test known for the same thing. He is 28 and was diagnosed with GERD a few years ago. His heart rate got so high one night that he almost passed out. He wasn't comfortable laying, sitting, or standing. His heart was racing no matter what.

A few days later, I had him in the ER because he ended up with such severe anxiety attacks and the heart rate was 120, laying down!

8 hours and 4 nurses later, they wanted to admit him, just to do a stress test. It was horrible. He REFUSED to be admitted for a test that could be done by the doctor for 1/10 the cost!

Now, he feels better knowing that it's not his heart, but the pain from the acid is so bad that he can hardly breathe. He has taken 4 prevacid today and it's not helping. The doc offered Aciphex and that didn't work at all, in fact, it made it worse.

The end result is that the GERD can and will make you think that you are having a heart attack or panic attack. He's been taking Xanax for two weeks now, but it doesn't help the GERD.
[QUOTE=PA2LA]Oh my! My husband has just been through every heart test known for the same thing. He is 28 and was diagnosed with GERD a few years ago. His heart rate got so high one night that he almost passed out. He wasn't comfortable laying, sitting, or standing. His heart was racing no matter what.

A few days later, I had him in the ER because he ended up with such severe anxiety attacks and the heart rate was 120, laying down!

8 hours and 4 nurses later, they wanted to admit him, just to do a stress test. It was horrible. He REFUSED to be admitted for a test that could be done by the doctor for 1/10 the cost!

Now, he feels better knowing that it's not his heart, but the pain from the acid is so bad that he can hardly breathe. He has taken 4 prevacid today and it's not helping. The doc offered Aciphex and that didn't work at all, in fact, it made it worse.

The end result is that the GERD can and will make you think that you are having a heart attack or panic attack. He's been taking Xanax for two weeks now, but it doesn't help the GERD.[/QUOTE]
Is he prescribed 4? What dose of Prevacid did he take? I know it's tempting to just load up on drugs when it hurts, but my GI doctor told me taking more than the prescribed dose isn't going to work because your body has a threshold for how much medication it can handle, after that, it will do nothing. It sounds like your husband should try some different PPIs, or maybe PPIs with other drugs too. I hope he feels better.





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