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A 23-year-old female asked:

can a panic attack cause a fast heart rate?

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Dr. Jeffrey Junig
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Yes: Panic attacks cause increased heart rate, shortness of breath, excitement, a sense of fear and panic. They are usually eliminated by SSRIs, and the symptoms can be reduced by using beta blockers. You want to rule out cardiac arrhythmia as a cause of the rapid heart rate.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Panic attack: Panic attacks classically cause rapid heart rate.

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A 21-year-old female asked:

Can a fast heart rate during a panic attack kill you?

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Probably not: Probably not. But there are other heart rate related conditions with the risk of sudden death. It should be checked with the cardiology.
A 21-year-old female asked:

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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