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can a fast heart rate during a panic attack damage your heart? sometimes mine can get up to 150 or even close to 160.

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
At your age,: Heart damage during a panic attack is not likely even if it feels like Hell. However, years of unresolved stress, anxiety and panic attacks will absolutely do damage to several organs including your cardiovascular system. The stress hormone excess creates extra white blood cells and they can clog arteries or form clots (new research). So... Consider adding CBT therapy for skills to manage anxiety.

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