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Doctor insights on: Anxiety Panic Attack Or Heart Issue

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 to I know if symptoms are from panic attack or heart problem?

How to I know if symptoms are from panic attack or heart problem?

Symptoms: In a 33y/o a panic attack is more likely by far but heart attack isn't impossible. Consult your Dr. for more information specific to you. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I'm having a panic attack or a heart problem?

How can I tell if I'm having a panic attack or a heart problem?

Cardiac/ panic: Panic attacks sxs: anxiety; rapid, pounding heart; chest tightness/pain; shortness of breath w hyperventilation; hot /cold flashes; butterflies in stomach, nausea or vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; ^ sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking, difficulty swallowing or tight throat; They usually peak w/i 10 mins. Heart attack symptoms can include: chest pressure, pain ...Read more

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I often feel pains on the part of chest I think its closest to my heart, do I have heart problem? I suffer from panic attacks

I often feel pains on the part of chest I think its closest to my heart, do I have heart problem? I suffer from panic attacks

Consult an MD: In a healthy individual, panic attacks are not dangerous, although they feel that way. A Harvard study(2007), found a link between panic attacks and heart risk in postmenopausal women. This link has not been clarified, but a recent Australian study (2015), suggested that, in some people, the symptoms of panic attacks might represent a musdiagnised heart condition, but again, highly unlikely. ...Read more

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While suffering from svt should you take meds to stop your nerves from causing panic attack from being afraid cause of the heart problem ?

While suffering from svt should you take meds to stop your nerves from causing panic attack from being afraid cause of the heart problem ?

Cardiologist: It's not clear what you mean, but if you have a supraventricular tachycardia, you probably need to have it fully characterized by a cardiologist, and to determine the actual risk and the recommended treatment -- so you don't panic. If you get panic attacks, you would most likely benefit from taking medicine to prevent them altogether. ...Read more

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Did I have Atrial Fib. or Heart Trouble? I'm SCARED. My heart/chest vibrated, I felt weird, & cold flush. Was this a panic attack, or a heart problem?

Did I have Atrial Fib. or Heart Trouble? I'm SCARED. My heart/chest vibrated, I felt weird, & cold flush. Was this a panic attack, or a heart problem?

Usual suspect: Anxiety is the likely suspect. Especially at your age w/ your medical history. If youthful cardiovascular problems are in your family history you'd know and should be examined, or if it's part of a syndrome you suffer - like Marfan's - you'd be being monitored for heart issues regularly already. It's a good idea to consider CBT therapy for skills in dealing w/ issues like anxiety, OCD. It works! ...Read more

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Anxiety? I am a super healthy 16 year old. I have panic attacks last night out of no where my heart Shot to 230, i didn't feel scared, was it anxiety?

Anxiety? I am a super healthy 16 year old. I have panic attacks last night out of no where my heart Shot to 230, i didn't feel scared, was it anxiety?

See below.: An increased heart rate can certainly be from a panic attack. However, if it recurs and remains that high or is still high now, I would recommend you be examined as soon as possible by your doctor or the emergency room. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
1,147 doctors shared insights

Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more


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