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Doctor insights on: Anxiety Attacks And Heart Attacks

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,252 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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How do i know if im having a mini heart attack or that i have anxiety or panic attacks ?

How do i know if im having a mini heart attack or that i have anxiety or panic attacks
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Panic vs. Heart: The symptoms for both MAY look the same. Please go to your doc to rule out any medical condition and then see a mental health pro who treats anxiety disorders. He/she can teach you strategies to deal w/panic if that is what's going on. Peace and good health. See www.relaxationresponse.org for some self-help. ...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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I get random panic attacks and i always feel like i'm gettinga heart attack or something. I'm scared and i feel like i'm going to die. The doctors said that I have anxiety. What should I do?

I get random panic attacks and i always feel like i'm gettinga heart attack or something. I'm scared and i feel like i'm going to die. The doctors said that I have anxiety. What should I do?

Yes, it could be: It sounds like your doctors have found that your heart is doing well. Panic attacks can truly feel like heart attacks -- in fact many people having their first episodes go to er's because of that. Panic can produce many physical symptoms, like chest pressure, shortness of breath, dizziness, etc. See a psychiatrist for eval and treatment; cbt w/psychologist is important too. Be well. ...Read more

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I have anxiety attacks all the time. Some severe. I have a family history of heart disease. How can I know it's just anxiety and not a heart attack?

Med eval: Your symptoms need to be evaluated medically to determine if there is a medical cause. One can not just assume that they are due to panic disorder. ...Read more

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cn nightmares cause heart attack? 22, no history of heart probs, frequent anxiety panic attacks, insomnia, BP normal, blood glucose normal, ECG irreg

cn nightmares cause heart attack? 22, no history of heart probs, frequent anxiety panic attacks, insomnia,
BP normal, blood glucose normal, ECG irreg

Nightmares: At age 22- I would try to be less fearful regarding your health. Your nightmares will not kill you. However, if your health anxiety and your panic continue to be a problem - that can cause suffering in your life. Have your considered cognitive behavioral therapy? ...Read more

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Anxiety attacks will radiate to the left face left shoulder and arms that you will suspect heart attack? I hav normal stress test, ecg, 2dechoe, c- trop.

Anxiety attacks will radiate to the left face left shoulder and arms that you will suspect heart attack? I hav normal stress test, ecg, 2dechoe, c- trop.

I doubt it. : All your tests are negative. This symptom can be psychosomatic. It does not mean "being crazy". Rather, you need othet treatment modalities. This is real and you need help. See a psychiatrist for recommendation. ...Read more

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Can i smoke marijuana a few days after a anxiety/panic attack? 2 days ago i had a panic attack while smoking marijuana. I went to the hospital out of fear that it was a heart attack. I had an EKG done, chest x-rays and blood work and the results came back

Can i smoke marijuana a few days after a anxiety/panic attack? 2 days ago i had a panic attack while smoking marijuana. I went to the hospital out of fear that it was a heart attack. I had an EKG done, chest x-rays and blood work and the results came back

Probably NOT!: There are two major classes of psychoactive ingredients identified in mj: thc which induces hallucinatons and euphoria or dysphoria/panic--being stoned. Cannabinoids which are not intoxicating and which may aid focus and pain relief. Current cultivation of high thc plants has given rise to greater anxiety/panic/paranoia and psychosis in susceptible persons. Negative circumstances can contribute. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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


Dr. Alan Ali
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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