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Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,146 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

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 tell the difference between having a heart attack or an anxiety attack? I have been having pain in chest and back...just to name a few

See your PCP: Anxiety can often present like a heart attack and many people end up in the ER because they don't know. It can be very frightening, but the only way to know for sure is to be checked by a doctor. If your heart is fine, you may want to consider the level of stress in your life or if anything in particular is worrying you, large or small. Talking to a professional can help you figure this out. ...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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Heart attack, brain aneurysm or anxiety attack, how can I tell the difference?

Heart attack, brain aneurysm or anxiety attack, how can I tell the difference?

Symptoms: Sometimes it is hard to differentiate between a heart attack and and anxiety attack because of overlapping symptoms of chest pain/difficulty breathing. However, a brain aneurysm rupture is hard to miss. The typical symptom is the sudden onset of the "worst headache of one's life". The pain is excrutiating and often produces coma. Neurosurgical attention is needed immediately. ...Read more

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Does an anxiety attack make you feel like you're having a heart attack? Numbness in the hands & feet. Fast heart beat. Loss of breath

Does an anxiety attack make you feel like you're having a heart attack? Numbness in the hands & feet. Fast heart beat. Loss of breath

Anxiety: Anxiety attacks and panic attacks can feel exactly as you describe. At 19 anxiety is far more common than a heart attack. Heart attack is not impossible but statistically the anxiety attack would be overwhelmingly more probable in a young person. Discussing with your Dr. and if appropriate having cardiac testing or help with anxiety is a good course of action. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a a lot of anxiety and stress cause a heart attack in a person with a healthy heart?

Might it be possible that a a lot of anxiety and stress cause a heart attack in a person with a healthy heart?

Not directly: Anxiety and stress can cause arrhythmias, including serious ones that may be life threatening, but those are not technically a heart attack. Psychosocial stresses often are associated with poor lifestyle habits (diet, weight, lack of exercise, cigarette use) that may contribute to heart attack risks. ...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


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