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Heart attack or anxiety attack, what's the difference?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience in Internal Medicine
Difference....: In a heart attack, there is no blood flow to a portion of the heart muscle and damage to the heart can occur. Symptoms include chest pain that can go to the left arm or jaw, shortness of breath, sweating, etc. In an anxiety attack, there is normal blood flow to the heart and the person feels anxious and may have similar symptoms of a heart attack. An ekg is sometimes needed to tell the difference.
Answered on Dec 16, 2013

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