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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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Have been having bad panic attacks for four months and arguing with family a lot I get very angry and stressed can this cause a heart attack?

Have been having bad panic attacks for four months and arguing with family a lot I get very angry and stressed can this cause a heart attack?

Heart attack: Probably not. I strongly recommend you get an appointment to see a Psychologist. You will be seen a few times but you will come out as happy as can be and life will go on just fine. ...Read more

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During my panic attacks my BP rise around 130-140 over 100 will it cause heart attack or stroke?And does it make me a hypertensive person?

During my panic attacks my BP rise around 130-140 over 100 will it cause heart attack or stroke?And does it make me a hypertensive person?

Not likely: Check several times a day and record for your doctor. Get help, for the panic attacks. Panic, fight, flight release Adrenalin and raise pulse and BP transiently. But very high BP even briefly can do damage so do not ignore. ...Read more

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Went to ER after an prescription interaction that made.me fear a heart attack, which caused me to have a panic attack. EKGwas normal& Bp went down before i left, but still bulging veins in L arm. Is this bad?

Went to ER after an prescription interaction  that made.me fear a heart attack, which caused me to have a panic attack. EKGwas normal& Bp went down before i left, but still bulging veins in L arm. Is this bad?

Not bad: It's unfortunate that you had this reaction, but I doubt that anything bad will happen. Don't worry about the bulging veins unless they get much worse or painful. If you are worried about heart attacks please stop smoking. ...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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Can you suffer a heart attack from a panic attack?

Panic attacks: No usually not, though it can feel similar sometimes with chest pressure, sweating, palpitations etc. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a panic attack and a heart attack?

What is the difference between a panic attack and a heart attack?

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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Hoping you can tell me, is panic attack similar to a heart attack?

Hoping you can tell me, is panic attack similar to a heart attack?

No: The symptoms can sometimes be similar, but a panic attack is an anxiety disorder while a heart attack is due to injury of the heart muscle from compromised blood flow to the heart muscle due to blockage in a coronary artery. ...Read more

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Panic attacks with the exact same symptoms of a heart attack, help?

Panic attacks with the exact same symptoms of a heart attack, help?

Get help: You did not provide enough information, do you have a diagnosis of panic attacks? If you are having persistent chest pain you should call 911 or have someone take you to the nearest emergency room. ...Read more

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What would a heart attack feel like in comparison with a panic attack?

What would a heart attack feel like in comparison with a panic attack?

Can feel same...: unfortunately. Both can have chest pain, feeling short of breath, heart racing, scared, sweaty. You should get checked out in emergency room first. They can tell you if you are having heart attack. Since you are 24, likely it is panic attack, but please get checked out first. If you know it is a panic attack, then you can get treatment for that. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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
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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