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Ireland Baldwin reveals she lives in 'constant fear I'm dying from a heart attack'


Ireland Baldwin reveals she lives in ‘constant fear I’m dying from a heart attack’ as she uses blood pressure monitor to help manage phobia

  • Ireland said she suffers from fears of having a heart attack and of dying
  • It is known as Cardiophobia
  • The model, 26, uses a blood pressure machine to measure her heart rate and pressure
  • She said it helps reassure her she doesn’t have an underlying heart condition 


Ireland Baldwin has revealed she lives in constant fear she’s dying from a heart attack. 

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the model, 26, explained how she uses a blood pressure monitor to read her heart rate and blood pressure due to her phobia, which is known as Cardiophobia. 

Ireland said her anxiety makes her suffer with heart palpitations and chest pain which ‘convince me that I have an underlying heart condition that I don’t have’. 

Worries: Ireland Baldwin has revealed she lives in constant fear she's dying from a heart attack

Worries: Ireland Baldwin has revealed she lives in constant fear she’s dying from a heart attack

The daughter of Alec Baldwin wrote: ‘This is not an ad for a blood pressure machine. This is not at ad at all. 

‘I am posting this for whoever suffers with anxiety and anxiety disorders like I do. I ordered a blood pressure monitor to accurately read my heart rate and blood pressure because I live in a constant fear that I’m dying from a heart attack… also known as cardiophobia. 

‘The heart palpitations and chest pain brought on by your typical anxiety attack convinces me that I am a 26 year old with an underlying heart condition that I don’t have. I do not take medication. 

Scared: Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the model, 26, explained how she uses a blood pressure monitor to read her heart rate and blood pressure due to her phobia

Scared: Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the model, 26, explained how she uses a blood pressure monitor to read her heart rate and blood pressure due to her phobia

Phobia: 'I am posting this for whoever suffers with anxiety and anxiety disorders like I do', she wrote

Phobia: ‘I am posting this for whoever suffers with anxiety and anxiety disorders like I do’, she wrote 

‘I don’t believe in it but I understand some people need their medications. I have worked with anxiety specialists and I have gotten into breath work… but nothing brings me more comfort than an EKG.’ 

Ireland went on to explain how her anxiety attacks in the past have been so severe she has called ambulances and gone to hospital in past for medics to ‘assure me my heart is ok’. 

She continued: ‘I know it may seem silly to you, but this little machine has brought me the utmost comfort. 

‘I just want anyone who suffers from their own anxieties to know that I am here and you are not alone.

‘It can be so embarrassing and isolating at times. My anxiety has made me miss out on a lot in this life and my true 2022 goal is not let it get in my way.’

Ireland said her anxiety is triggered by food, her digestive system, her heart, big crowds, airplanes and much more. 

Telling fans they’re not alone, she said: ‘ Hold on to your comfort item right. Don’t let people make you feel guilty for having to take a walk or take some space or stay home because you’re not feeling good. 

‘Surround yourself with people who understand or at least try to. And if you’re feeling anxious right now… deep breaths. You’re going to be ok.’ 

Ireland has been open about her battle with mental health. In 2018, the American model revealed she suffered with suicidal thoughts whilst depressed.

In 2015 she spent time in rehab overcoming ’emotional trauma’. 

Anxiety: Ireland said her anxiety is triggered by food, her digestive system, her heart, big crowds, airplanes and much more

Anxiety: Ireland said her anxiety is triggered by food, her digestive system, her heart, big crowds, airplanes and much more

What is Cardiophobia? 

  • Anxiety disorder of persons characterised by repeated complaints of chest pain and heart palpitations
  • It is accompanied by fears of having a heart attack and of dying
  • Persons with Cardiophobia focus attention on their heart when experiencing stress
  • They believe they suffer from a heart problem despite repeated negative medical tests
  • In order to reduce anxiety, they seek reassurance, make excessive use of medical facilities, and avoid activities believed to elicit symptoms  

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