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Doctor insights on: Anxiety Attacks And Heart Attacks

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,157 doctors shared insights

Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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How can I tell whether I am having an anxiety attack or a heart attack?

How can I tell whether I am having an anxiety attack or a heart attack?

Risk factors: You have to examine yourself, ask the risk factors: hypertension, male sex, smoking, high cholesterol, other diseases (dm, obesity, rheumatologic such as sle) and family history and age.. Then look at the symptoms of chest pressure, severe sweating, dyspnea, radiation of pain. Again reassess the risks, have a baseline ekg. Don't be overconfident of anxiety unless assesses properly. ...Read more

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Can u tell me differences in symptoms of an anxiety attack and a heart attack? Thanks

Can u tell me differences in symptoms of an anxiety attack and a heart attack? Thanks

Anxiety: Anxiety attacks symptoms are similar to heart attacks. A detailed history, ECG and blood tests differentiate the 2. Risk factors like dm HTN lipids, family history, smoking etc put at risk for a cardiac event. ...Read more

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I honestly cannot distinguish the difference between anxiety attack, heart attack, and my allergic reaction. Help please?

I honestly cannot distinguish the difference between anxiety attack, heart attack, and my allergic reaction. Help please?

Rule out physical: First off, If you think you area having a heart attack or allergic reaction then GO TO THE HOSPITAL! After you are medically stable then you can work on identification of possible triggers of your anxiety attacks and how to manage them. ...Read more

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How can I differentiate panic attacks or anxiety from heart attack if they have the same symptoms?Normal 2decho jan 2013, ecg, threadmill stress test

How can I differentiate panic attacks or anxiety from heart attack if they have the same symptoms?Normal 2decho jan 2013, ecg, threadmill stress test

SCARED?: You sound like excess anxiety and panic attacks have you worried. Unless you have a pretty specific defect a heart attack is unlikely to be a danger. However, the emotions are giving you some real distress. Getting help when youre not doing well alone is perfectly honorable and really makes sense. Anxiety and panic can be controlled. Psychotherapy and meds will do the best job. Good luck! ...Read more

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So im either having a panic or anxiety attack or im havin a heart attack im shakey feel like i cant catch my breath but doin 15 a min and im dizzy?

So im either having a panic or anxiety attack or im havin a heart attack im shakey feel like i cant catch my breath but doin 15 a min and im dizzy?

Panic Disorder: “im havin a heart attack, shaky feel like i cant catch my breath, and dizziness” are likely due to Panic Disorder. This does not seem heart attack. Breathing 15/minute is normal. Feel Blessings of 3 Million Air Sacs in your lungs due to which you have Breath of Life every 4 seconds. Discuss with Psychiatrist: •Diagnosis •Ativan or Xanax (alprazolam) for Panic •Therapy for Stress •Relaxation •Visual Imagery ...Read more

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What's the difference between heart attack and anxiety panic attack symptoms?

What's the difference between heart attack and anxiety panic attack symptoms?

Panic attacks: Panic attacks are psychologic reactions which can have symptoms which mimic those of heart attack. A real heart attack is caused by a heart blood vessel blocking off and damaging a part of the heart. Heart attack can be fatal. Panic attack usually isn't fatal but can be psychologically incapacitating. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between heart attack and anxiety and panic attack symptoms?

Similar: Symptoms can be anxiety, fear, pain. Signs of pallor, diaphoresis, arrythmia are more with heart attack. Ekg and enzyme changes are with heart attack. ...Read more

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What should I do for recent anxiety attacks? Had to call 911 cause i thought it was a heart attack?

A few ideas: Once the heart is ruled out and other causes investigated , medications such as xanax, (alprazolam) therapy, biofeed back, meditaion, to name a few. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
3,921 doctors shared insights

Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is 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


Dr. Alan Ali
1,137 doctors shared insights

Panic Attack (Definition)

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will occur when not expected. The person lives in fear that ...Read more