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A 24-year-old female asked:

Do i have anxiety or panic disorder? sob chest tight lighthead sweaty palms heart palpitations. had ekg pft blood work etc done months ago. retest?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Panic disorder?: The symptoms you describe are consistent with sxs of panic attack (which incl anxiety, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, choking feeling, chest pain, sweating, feelings of going crazy or serious adverse medical event). psychiatric diagnoses are "diagnoses of exclusion" - meaning all other medical problems shu be ruled out first. If medically all nl, talk to ur doc abt tx 4 anxiety d/o.
Dr. Ali Saberi
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Both: Anxiety is one of the precursors for panic disorder and panic attacks which cause a sudden rush of adrenaline, and cortisol in our body. This is the "Fight or flight" reaction, except that u may not be in a dangerous situation. U'r heart starts beating a lot harder&faster, u'r Blood Pressure shoots up, breathing becomes rapid and shallow which can cause dizziness as u blow off too much CO2.

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