Cardiophobia: Fear of heart disease

Cardiophobia

WHAT IS CARDIOPHOBIA?

The cardiofobia is what we consider excessive fear you have to suffer a heart attack or develop any disease of the heart.

It can be said that this concern is something normal and that we should all take into account, but this concern turns into a kind of phobia at the moment in which excessive anxiety and a total obsession to constantly examine the state of our heart is generated. .

PHOBIA OF HEART DISEASE

This starts from being aware of our heartbeat, to having the need to have a pressure controller by our side; even when after visiting a specialist and he says that he does not suffer from any type of disease.

People who experience cardiophobia usually do it with great intensity and even reach unimaginable points such as measuring their pressure at every moment and having repetitive thoughts about any change that may mean problems of some kind.

Cardiophobics become so obsessed that, when they see other people, they imagine their hearts beating , almost as if they could see everyone around them with their hearts beating outside of them.

This fear begins to be harmful for individuals who have it when it limits them to doing common day-to-day activities or even their favorite hobbies in order to avoid triggering their symptoms.

SYMPTOMS OF CARDIOPHOBIA

  • Fear of playing sports and using any excuse to avoid physical activities.
  • Fear of having a full sexual life, since within this practice great intensity movements are carried out that cause the heart to be constantly racing.
  • Constantly be with the hand on the chest monitoring the heartbeat.
  • Carry a blood pressure meter everywhere.
  • Obsessively buying products to treat any heart disease ( even though nothing was diagnosed ).
  • Make constant medical evaluations in cardiology.
  • Search frequently for information regarding heart disease.
  • Fear of illness.

TREATMENT TO OVERCOME CARDIOPHOBIA

The main advice to overcome this disease is quite simple: stop paying attention to the factors mentioned above .

All these thoughts come from the anxiety that you have that, even if you suffer from an anxiety disorder, you do not have any pathological disease that is related in any way to the heart and its functioning.

The second advice that should be taken into account to overcome this phobia is to reduce the recurrence to the doctor.

Going to a specialist frequently causes that sooner or later you are facing a bad diagnosis and this will result in the person suffering from this phobia worsening his obsession and now have a ” justification “.

Either way, the main treatment to control and eradicate this phobia is psychological therapy that allows the patient to understand that he really does not suffer from any evil, and that he can let go of it to continue with a full life.

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Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.

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