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Am I overreacting? (Fast heart rate)?

So I got an ECG, blood tests, got my heart rate monitored by this machine in the hospital a few months ago because I had a fast heart rate (120bpm resting) for a 17 year old from what I know that s pretty unusual, the thing is it all came out normal and no problems. The doctor however blamed it on the fact people are usually born with fast heart rates and it's a natural thing and also that I drank caffeine however I haven t drank any sort of drink that contains caffeine for 2 days and recently my heart rate has been at 120 and slightly higher, I am not sure whether it s an anxiety related issue or not but my blood pressure monitoring machine says I have an irregular heart rate, I can also feel a weird sensation in my chest... The hell is going on? Just to clarify the machine I have gave me the same irregular heart beat warning the last time before I went to the hospital to get it checked out, and they said it was normal, so I'm not sure if my Omron IA2 is slightly screwed up or not, however at this point it must be because it gave me the same warning before I went to the hospital & they checked it out too and said it was a normal rhythm.. Now I've had a anxiety attack (I think, because I was extremely worried), the thing is i'm not worried anymore and when my heart goes fast nothing really hurts but sometimes this muscle in the left side of my chest has a spasm (which is what caused me to freak out because I could feel it wobble), however as I said I'm not worried all that much anymore but my heart rate resting is still 120bpm.
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A resting heart rate of 120 is high. The question is however if it is too high for you. Some people have high resting heart rates and others have low.
If they did all the testing in the hospital and the conclusion was that it is not abnormal for you, it is best not to think about it anymore.
You need to have some confidence in the healthcare professionals.

Just let it rest and do not worry about it anymore. Put away that Omron device and stop measuring heart rate, blood pressure etc.
Perhaps your heart rate will go down and perhaps not, who cares! You do not have to worry about it, because you do not know the rates as you do not measure them anymore, and if you knew them, there still would be nothing to worry about as the professionals said you are just fine.
This may perhaps sound too easy or like putting your head in the sand but believe me, the profs know their business and they can be trusted.
Enjoy life,
I just got a question Ger, my heart also pounds harder sometimes and sometimes lighter, but keep in mind it's not faster it just beats harder.. Should I get that looked at?
I would not worry about that.
The heart works as needed. When more oxygen is needed in parts of the body, it increases its pace/force.
So it is dependent on what your activities are, how your position/posture is, what you just ate, your adrenaline level etc.
And also the pounding perception is subjective. The more attention you pay to it, the more is seems noticeable.
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Oh yeah and just to clarify I'm pretty sure they gave me an EKG aswell since the nurse came up to me and put these straps on my chest & started printing out my heart rhythm.
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Well it went down :D. It's at 96 now. I think it's an anxiety related issue :/.
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