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A 37-year-old male asked:

if otherwise healthy, can an anxiety or panic attack lead to a heart attack if your heart is racing extremely fast during that panic?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Panic attacks are: Not lethal. They do not cause heart attacks.
Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Also, recent research indicates that stress may be bad for you only if you believe it's bad for you. Your attitude and response to it are important. See the full information at http://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend.html
Dec 15, 2013

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