A patient with an Anxiety disorder may present with:
- Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Feeling dizzy, unsteady, lightheaded or faint
The presentation can very well mimic hypertension and a physical examination and basic laboratory tests must be done to rule out medical conditions.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)
It is a genetic disorder that has a variable presentation and carries a high incidence of sudden death.
- Dyspnea (the most common presenting symptom)
A 2D- Echocardiogram is done to confirm the diagnosis.
Hyperthyroidism, and Graves Disease
These are conditions in which there is circulation of thyroid hormones in excess. Symptoms include:
- Chest pain, often occurs in the absence of cardiovascular disease
- Menstrual irregularity
- Nervousness, anxiety
- Heat intolerance
- Increased perspiration
- Frequent bowel movements
To confirm the diagnosis, a doctor advises blood levels of thyroid hormones.