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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

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...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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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

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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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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What the difference between my anxiety symptoms and angina? The left side of my body goes numb after eating. I've been examined in the ER and the doctors said I have no signs of heart attack, stroke, or cancer. I didn't notice I was depressed. Could I be

What the difference between my anxiety symptoms and angina? The left side of my body goes numb after eating. I've been examined in the ER and the doctors said I have no signs of heart attack, stroke, or cancer. I didn't notice I was depressed. Could I be

When it happens: Angina means heart pain which is much much more likely to occur in older people and during physical exertion while panic attacks are often random, or due to some specific trigger such as supermarket/closed space likely elevator etc...During a panic attack, the symptoms are quite like angina. Being 24 and had work-up without cardiac involvement, panic is likely. Consult doc for treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can i know i have heart attack or anxiety? What are the differences?

How can i know i have heart attack or anxiety? What are the differences?

Panic Attack: Anxiety, or panic attack, can cause chest pain just like a heart attack can. If you are feeling chest pain, its a good idea to seek prompt medical attention. Sometimes only after examination with a doctor, blood tests, EKG can one tell a heart attack from a panic attack or anxiety - so - call your doctor or go to Emergency Room if you have chest pain now. Good Luck! ...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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Heart attack vs anxiety. How to tell the difference? When I get chest pains & short of breath how can I reassure myself it's just anxiety?

Heart attack vs anxiety. How to tell the difference? When I get chest pains & short of breath how can I reassure myself it's just anxiety?

Heart attack/Anxiety: Heart attack is preceded by Feeling of impending doom, Shortness of breath, Nausea with profuse sweating, Sudden feeling like an elephant is sitting on your chest, and Pressure/squeezing/fullness/pain in middle of chest & back and jaw & arm. In any case, it is best to exercise caution & get help ASAP. ...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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Will anxiety lead to a heart attack?

Will anxiety lead to a heart attack?

One of many factors: While anxiety and high levels of stress can increase the risk of heart attack - far more important is family history, blood cholesterol/fat, smoking, high blood pressure and other illnesses like diabetes. ...Read more

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Could a heart attack result from anxiety?

Could a heart attack result from anxiety?

Yes: But must be rare! and only related to having other significant risk factors and family and personal items. No smoking weight control exercize. ...Read more

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Could someone get a heart attack from anxiety?

Heart attack : A surge in Adrenalin from a big acute stress would increase your pulse, and that would be a strain on your heart, so it is possible. ...Read more

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How do you know if it's anxiety or heart attack?

FH, high lipids, HTN: At your age group the incidence of heart attack is low unless you have markers of high risk (such as familial hyperlipidemia, htn, strong family history of coronary disease at early age etc..). Presentation, history and features of the chest pain are also helpful points.. ...Read more

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Would i be able to tell if i was having a heart attack vs anxiety?

Can be the same: Many times, an anxiety attack can feel like a heart attack: chest pain/pressure, difficulty breathing, a "sense of doom." if you get these symptoms, you should definitely seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Feels like i've been having a heart attack everyday is this possible ? Or anxiety ?

Feels like i've been having a heart attack everyday is this possible ? Or anxiety ?

Age is golden: Despite all the risks, even being male is a risk, being young is an advantage. It means you have less chance of having deposited enough cholesterol yet, and you can decrease the risks as you wish. If you don't have all the risk of dm, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, family history of heart attack at young age, or other diseases, your feeling are most likely concern continue living healthy. ...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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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


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