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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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Can panic attacks cause stress cardiomyopathy?

Can panic attacks cause stress cardiomyopathy?

Hm, No, but...: Chronic Sympathetic Discharge has been associated with the development of left ventricular hyperplasia and other anxiety related heart issues. Panic Attacks per se are usually harmless, result from adrenergic stimulus, and are time limited, unless a heart is already weakened. The most dangerous part of a panic attack is the fear of having one, which can result in severe disability. See your Doc. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks cause seizures?

Can panic attacks cause seizures?

Poss but not likely: It is actually the other way around. Autonomic symptoms can include "ictal fear" and "impending doom" which can simulate a panic attack. Another scenario is seizures occurring as the result of withdrawal of medications used for panic and anxiety (i.e. Benzodiazepines). Finally, there is an entity called non-epileptic seizures arising out of primary psychiatric disease. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can stress cause panic attacks?

Can stress cause panic attacks?

Stress: can make any condition worse. So yes, it can trigger panic attacks. We all get stressed but do not all have panic attacks. Please see a mental health professional to learn ways to manage stress and panic. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can anxiety attacks cause blackout?

Agree w Dr. Passer: Dissociation isn't a black out but may someone might perceive it this way. This could occur during a panic attack. ...Read more

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Can panic attack cause cardiac arrest?

Can panic attack cause cardiac arrest?

NOT REALLY: No but has it has been described by many of my patients it may feel like to some at some times when they feel heart pacing, chest pain and difficulty to breathe but it does not cause cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks damage your heart?

Can panic attacks damage your heart?

They do not: Panic attacks are a psychic or subjective phenomenon and do not affect your heart structurally. ...Read more

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Can weed cause heart attacks?

Can weed cause heart attacks?

Could: Mj is a plant that people burn just like tobacco and inhale lots of junk and reduction of oxygen in your blood. I would avoid anything that you will pay someone to get off. ...Read more

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Can levimir cause panic attacks?

Unlikely: Levemir (insulin detemir) a long acting basal Insulin does not have know side effects of inducing panel attacks directly. Panic attacks can be 2ndary from overwhelming emotional response that's been triggered. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks cause problems to the heart?

Can panic attacks cause problems to the heart?

Panic attacks/heart: Panic attacks make you feel like you're having an heart attack but they don't actually cause damage to the heart. Very rarely, some kinds of cardiac problems can cause panic attacks. However, most panic attacks are simply the fight or flight response going out of control. Psychologists can treat panic attacks successfully 90% of the time in less than 10 sessions. There's no reason to suffer. ...Read more

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Do panic attacks cause pulmonary hypertension? Or could pulmonary hypertension cause panic attacks?

Do panic attacks cause pulmonary hypertension? Or could pulmonary hypertension cause panic attacks?

No and yes: Panic attacks, while frightening cannot cause any disease themselves. Pulmonary hypertension is a chronic heart/lung disease which develops over years. Any disease process which causes shortness of breath can trigger panic attacks in people who are prone. Panic attacks are an inappropriate triggering of the system which helps us recognize when we are in danger, so shortness of breath can trip it. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack?

Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack?

Yes: Yes, severe anxiety can cause a silent heart attack, especially if you have neuropathy due to diabetes or if you are distracted by other pains or are taking pain medications. ...Read more

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Could COPD cause anxiety attacks

Yes: Not being able to breathe is one of those things that can lead to panic. It becomes hard to tell which is the worse problem. So you could have fairly mild COPD but making you feel short of breath out of proportion to the lung problem. Then again, if the lung problem is severe, panic could make the symptoms even worse. ...Read more

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Can thyroid problems cause panic attacks?

Can thyroid problems cause panic attacks?

Anxiety and thyroid: Hyperthyroidism can cause anxiety and heart palpitations. Be aware the if you have an over active thyroid, symptoms of a panic attack may represent a heart arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Can clonidine cause major panic attack?

Can clonidine cause major panic attack?

Not really: If you are having panic attacks, you need to address with the appropriate treatment. Unlikely for clonidine to cause, in fact, my treat. Sometimes certain type of seizures can masquerade as panic disorder. ...Read more

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Could panic attacks cause broken heart syndrome?

Could panic attacks cause broken heart syndrome?

I's not sure: What you mean by broken heart syndrome. It sounds like someone being upset about the end of a relationship. I doubt that it has anything to do with panic attacks. ...Read more

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Can backpain cause anxiety/panic attacks?

Can backpain cause anxiety/panic attacks?

Yes: There are many reasons why panic attacks or anxiety issues may occur. With back pain and not knowing how to deal with it or understand what that pain means, can be a source of these feelings. Chronic pain can lead to depressive symptoms and depression can magnify pain symptoms. These issues are often undiagnosed or under treated when one is dealing with a patient with chronic back pain. ...Read more

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Can panic disorder cause heart problems?

Can panic disorder cause heart problems?

Not any time soon: Yes, a long lifetime of stress, anxiety and panic can damage all of your bodily systems and the cardiovascular one is a major risk - but it takes a long time. The panic attack 'feels' like a heart attack and many ER visits for suspected HA turn out to be false alarms. At your age panic is much more likely. But you can learn skills in CBT therapy on how to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety. Try it! ...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