Neurosis of the heart: symptoms, causes, and treatment

Anxiety neurosis includes heart neurosis. Disturbances in the heart’s rhythm and function are the root causes of the symptoms of heart neurosis. Examine the treatment options for this ailment.

Heart neurosis is a nervous disease that develops as a result of stress. It is not treatable with medication. It may be preceded by chest pains or palpitations, as well as intense fear. It is a form of anxiety neurosis that develops psychologically. Although specialists believe you must have a genetic predisposition to it, it is most commonly associated with severe and prolonged stress.

Symptoms of cardiac neurosis

The symptoms of neurosis of the heart are unusual for nervous system diseases. They frequently resemble cardiac ailments, or problems with the cardiovascular system’s functioning. As a result, they are frequently confused with, say, a heart attack (see: heart attack symptoms in women ). They are typically accompanied by such things, such as when we are in a stressful situation (for example, during a public performance):

  • palpitations (as if the heart is about to jump out of the chest),
  • chest pain similar to that experienced during a heart attack
  • stinging, a feeling of dull creasing, pressure that lasts for several hours or even days,
  • shortness of breath (breath is shallow, irregular, as if a person cannot take air),

The symptoms listed above occur at the same time. General weakness, distraction, temporary loss of consciousness, dizziness and feeling like you’re going to pass out, excessive sweating (usually on the palms and armpits), numbness of the limbs and lips, nausea and vomiting, pollakiuria, flushing, and flushing of the skin may also occur.

An increase in blood pressure frequently occurs during anxiety attacks. All of these symptoms can appear both in stressful situations and for no apparent reason, during daily activities or at night. But be cautious! The difference between heart neurosis and a heart attack is that the attack is accompanied by intense fear and concern for one’s own life. 

The victim of the attack believes they are dying. And, while we should see a doctor who will refer us to specialized tests, such as morphology and ECG, to rule out somatic causes, the most likely cause is cardiac neurosis. The structure of the heart and vessels will remain unchanged if it is neurosis. Then you should consult a psychiatrist.

Causes of neurosis of the heart

The disease is a result of the heart muscle’s hypersensitivity to nerve stimuli linked to severe stresses that don’t go away. This occurs both under the pressures of daily life and during extraordinary emotions such as the birth or death of a loved one. The overworked nervous system starts defending itself. And it no longer regulates the work of the heart as it did previously. Still stimulated by stress hormones such as adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol, it begins to overreact.

Treatment of cardiac neurosis

Of course, severe forms of cardiac neurosis can be treated pharmacologically. This is accomplished through the use of anti-anxiety and sedative medications. In this case, however, eliminating the disease’s cause rather than its symptoms is required to achieve long-term results.

What to do in case of a heart attack:

  • keep the patient calm
  • access to fresh air,
  • help to normalize breathing by counting inhalations and exhalations,
  • sedatives may also be given
  • rub the body with a towel moistened with cool water or pour water on it at room temperature.

In the long run, however, the basis for fighting neurosis of the heart is a change in lifestyle . It is necessary:

  • Regulating the lifestyle so that it is orderly and predictable, e.g. fixed times for eating and going to bed, which should last about 8 hours.
  • Avoiding stressful situations , but also strong positive emotions.
  • Increasing the amount of rest , e.g. setting regular breaks at work (exhaustion favors disease attacks).
  • Introducing a diet rich in vegetables and fruits e.
  • Limiting stimulants such as coffee, tea, alcohol and cigarettes.
  • Introduction of herbal preparations in the form of tablets, infusions or teas made of lemon balm, lavender, chamomile or mint.
  • Introducing regular 


4th Professional Medical Student. Karachi Medical and Dental College.

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