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Lately when i try to go to sleep i feel like my heart is going to stop or im gonna stop breathing, like im having a heartattack is it a heart attack, or panic attack ? I have had them before just sitting around the house but never when im going to sleep

Lately when i try to go to sleep i feel like my heart is going to stop or im gonna stop breathing, like im having a heartattack is it a heart attack, or panic attack ? I have had them before just sitting around the house but never when im going to sleep

You : You may be experiencing panic attacks. Panic attacks usually last ten minutes or less. Some possible symptoms which might make you think you are having a panic attack include: chest pain or chest tightness; a pounding or rapid heartbeat, rapid or difficult breathing, nausea, sweating or numbness / tingling in your lips or fingers/ toes. People often believe that they are having a heart attack during an episode of panic. Other symptoms can include feeling very afraid and / or anxious; trembling, feeling really hot or cold or feeling dizzy or faint. If a person wakes up in the middle of the night gasping for air then they might be experiencing sleep apnea. I can not diagnose you. You should see your doctor for a full medical evaluation, to ensure that these symptoms are not due to a medical condition. If you do in fact have panic attacks, there are medications which can be prescribed to help and you can also see a psychologist to learn ways to control or prevent these symptoms that do not require medications. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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Was having a bad panic attack after I ate so I took two beta blockers but I still feel it pounding somewhat. Am I having a heart attack?

Was having a bad panic attack after I ate so I took two beta blockers but I still feel it pounding somewhat. Am I having a heart attack?

See your doctor: It is very rare for someone your age to have a heart attack. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and appropriate treatment. Avoid the use of caffeine especially high energy drinks. If you smoke, quit. Palpitations can be a symptom of panic and anxiety. Your doctor can order an EKG and check your thyroid. Avoid any illicit drug use especially stimulants such as meth or cocaine. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Panic attacks that present with the exact symptoms of a heart attack, so how am I to know each time if I'm not actually having a heart attack?

Panic attacks that present with the exact symptoms of a heart attack, so how am I to know each time if I'm not actually having a heart attack?

Panic symptoms like: Heart attacks. (shortness of breath, heart palpitations, sweating, etc) with normal ecg. Learn2relax your breathing. Practice when u r not having a panic attack so that when it occurs u will B prepared2use the relaxed breathing2calm yourself. At the same time remind yourself, it will pass, UR not having a heart attack or other physical problem. Psychologist can teach u relaxation techniques. ...Read more

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Panic attacks are starting to feel like i'm having a heart attack. Almost passed out at work a few times. I need advice. Very hard to get a psych appt?

Panic attacks are starting to feel like i'm having a heart attack. Almost passed out at work a few times. I need advice. Very hard to get a psych appt?

Panic: I really appreciate that you have the insight to know that your mind is causing your physical symptoms. When we panic or have anxiety we often hold our chest muscles too tight, and breathe too shallow making a vicious cycle of muscle fatigue and low oxygen add to our sense that something is wrong. Learning breathing techniques, learning how to manage these anxious feelings is how to live well. ...Read more

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Been having panic attacks almost daily now for a week. last from a few mins to 10. Feels like I am having a heart attack. See a doctor or wait a longe?

Been having panic attacks almost daily now for a week. last from a few mins to 10. Feels like I am having a heart attack. See a doctor or wait a longe?

Get help: Don't try to fight this yourself as the stress and anxiety level may worsen rather than subside and your physical health will suffer. You need professional help from your physician or a psychiatrist. Stress management is needed and medication may be prescribed at least short-term. ...Read more

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I'm scared I might be having a heart attack my left arm went numb heart palpitations troubled breathing what to do? I am known to have panic attacks

I'm scared I might be having a heart attack my left arm went numb heart palpitations troubled breathing what to do? I am known to have panic attacks

Palpitations: Although these can be signs, it is very rare for someone your age to have a heart attack. The same signs occur with panic attacks. Based on your history, you have had similar episodes before, so you probably had a cardiac work-up in the past. Were previous tests normal when you felt like this? Call a doctor who knows you well for a safe and accurate assessment and a plan for recurrences. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing severe panic attacks right before going to bed. I feel as if I can't breath, like I'm having a heart attack and will die. I also have physical symptoms such as a bad pain in my left arm and back, tingling in my hand and sweating.

Be careful: Be certain that the cause is truly a panic attack: this a "diagnosis of exclusion." first you need to be checked carefully for other, more ominous causes. See your family doc if you haven't already. If it's deemed to be panic, consider relaxation techniques like transcendental meditation, yoga, self hypnosis with or without assistance from a tranquilizer (under the direction of your doc). ...Read more

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What distinguishes a panic attack from a heart attack?

What distinguishes a panic attack from a heart attack?

You can not: Chest pain from a heart attack lasts longer than 20min, so can panic attack.If so a patient should call 911. ...Read more

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How can panic attack cause heart attack/arrest?

How can panic attack cause heart attack/arrest?

It does not : Panic attacks do not cause heart attacks. According to the nimh, panic disorder is one of the most treatable of the anxiety disorders, responding in most cases to medication or cognitive psychotherapy. People often ask if panic attacks cause death. No, they do not. ...Read more

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Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more


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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more