I have had my ICD for about six years now (I had it implanted at 16 and am now 22), and have experienced some anxiety in the past but never as bad as on this past Friday evening. As many of you know, panic attacks are frightfully similar to heart-related episodes (so much so that I cannot tell the difference, and I've definitely had both), and so while it very well may have been my cardiomyopathy acting up, I'm skeptical because I don't believe my heartrate was elevated enough for me to get defibrillated (usually I have to be really rushing and lugging something heavy). I was only walking (albeit in a busy section of a large city) and began feeling a wave of anxiety, so I ducked into the entrance of a parking garage where I blacked out for a few moments, was defibrillated only once, and subsequently discovered by a very concerned and helpful homeless gentleman. I was previously under the impression that these episodes happened only in situations under real physical stress, which, for me, has been true for as long as I've had the device. Now I cannot help believing that anxiety alone can do the trick. Which makes me even more anxious. Which is DEFINITELY a problem. I'm wondering, does anyone have anxiety issues this severe or before had an ICD react (in a big way) to emotional distress alone?
Thanks in advance,