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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. 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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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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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. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more