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Were you sleeping or were you awake when this happened? Were you having worrying thoughts when this happened? Are such attacks occurring frequently?
This is likely to be a panic attack. Awareness of heartbeat, pounding heart, and increased heart rate is very commonly seen in a panic attack. This is an anxiety disorder for which good treatment is available. You should consult a psychologist for counseling since this is very effective in this disorder and this type of treatment gives very good results with a reduction in frequency and severity of panic attacks. You should yourself start doing mindfulness meditation to help you relax and to calm you down. After a few weeks of mindfulness therapy, you will feel better.
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You had your first panic attacks. This is how it begins. Anxiety continues to increase gradually and leads finally to panic attacks. This is a harmless condition but can be disabling and very terrifying.
Tachycardia occurs when there is a panic attack. So, yes there was tachycardia and this is one of the symptoms of panic attack.
Only tachycardia will not cause the associated symptoms that you had.
Yes, you can be confident that your symptoms were not due to tachycardia. You had a panic attack which is a type of anxiety disorder.
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Tachycardia just means a heart rate that exceeds the normal resting rate. A resting heart rate over 100 beats per minute is known as tachycardia. This is not worrisome and even normal harmless conditions such as doing exercise can cause tachycardia. You should not worry regarding tachycardia even a very healthy heart can have tachycardia.