A 24-year-old male asked:
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what would a heart attack feel like in comparison with a panic attack?

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Dr. Jane Kang
Dr. Jane Kang answered
21 years experience Psychiatry
Can feel same...: unfortunately. Both can have chest pain, feeling short of breath, heart racing, scared, sweaty. You should get checked out in emergency room first. They can tell you if you are having heart attack. Since you are 24, likely it is panic attack, but please get checked out first. If you know it is a panic attack, then you can get treatment for that.
Answered on Sep 13, 2017
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Dr. Krishna Kumar
55 years experience Psychiatry
Heart attack/Panic: Heart attack has squashing pain. The chest pain is continuous and usually lasts longer than 10 minutes. There can be vomiting and marked weakness. In Panic attack ,chest pains are sharp The pain increases due to hard breathing. The chest pain ceases after the peak of the attack in about 10 minutes. Provide complete history to the Physician for establishing Diagnosis.
Answered on Apr 13, 2016

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