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A 48-year-old member asked:

are panic attacks danger tomy heart?

4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
No: Panic attacks can make you feel like you are going to die, and the belief that your heart is going to stop is quite common. However, although it certainly can make your heart rate rise alarmingly, there is no direct damage to your heart or lungs or any other bodily organ.
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Not really: Not unless you already have pretty serious cardiac problems.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Panic & heart: With a healthy heart, no danger. An attack shows rapid heart rate, not damage to heart.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
No: Not if they are panic attacks. It may be difficult to tell a heart attack from a panic attack as the symptoms may be similar. Often a person will go to the emergency room and be told nothing is wrong with their heart and what they had was panic. A dr can best determine which is which. But if it is panic, the heart is not damaged.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can panic attacks damage your heart?

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Dr. Herbert Popolow
Specializes in Clinical Psychology
Probably not: Panic attacks trigger the autonomic nervous system to increase heart rate and blood pressure. You may interpret the increased heart rate as something terrible happening which can further raise heart rate and start a vicious circle. Rarely do panic attacks cause permanent damage to your heart, but you should receive psychotherapy to stop the attacks.
A 20-year-old female asked:

Sometimes my heart feels like its beating faster. When im lying down or standing. Sometimes. Doesn't feel like a panic attack. What could it be?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Heart beat: If you have a history of panic attacks, it may still be panic attacks, but better to have it checked with a doctor, they can run some tests and check your heart tracing and determine what the problem is.
Los Angeles, CA
A 17-year-old male asked:

Can panic attacks cause problems to the heart?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
Panic attacks/heart: Panic attacks make you feel like you're having an heart attack but they don't actually cause damage to the heart. Very rarely, some kinds of cardiac problems can cause panic attacks. However, most panic attacks are simply the fight or flight response going out of control. Psychologists can treat panic attacks successfully 90% of the time in less than 10 sessions. There's no reason to suffer.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What to do about my panic attack syndrome and heart popping feeling.?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Have you been: medically evaluated? A number of medical conditions can cause panic symptoms. Medical evaluation is needed to tease through this to determine the cause and best course of treatment. Take care.
Flowood, MS
A 23-year-old female asked:

Randomly my heart starts racin, the air around me seems thinner, I begin to have trouble breathin, & feel claustrophobic Is it panic attacks If so why

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Panic attacks: Panic attacks are psychologic reactions which can have symptoms which mimic those of heart attack. A real heart attack is caused by a heart blood vessel blocking off and damaging a part of the heart. Heart attack can be fatal. Panic attack usually isn't fatal but can be psychologically incapacitating.

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Last updated May 11, 2016


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