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A 49-year-old male asked:

Having very challenging situation with wife with cancer and other very stressful family relationship issues. would high personal stress cause anxiety attacks with symptoms of lightheadedness, feeling very down, chest discomfort and breathlessness??

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Can: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor and discuss if you may be depressed. Counter-intuitive as it may seem, exercise may help. Start with low intensity exercise such as walking and gradually increase the intensity as tolerated. Drink more water. Wish you good health!
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Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
ANXIETY: Yes. When you have a lot of anxiety it makes you more likely to have a panic attack. Panic attacks can mimic the signs of a heart attack but are very treatable. Please consult with a Clinical Psychologist for video psychotherapy to help you with stress. & medication from a Psychiatrist. Research indicates that with psychotherapy you can change in good ways and find better coping mechanisms.
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Last updated Jan 16, 2021
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