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What is your heart rate during a panic attack?

What is your heart rate during a panic attack?

Varied: Panic Attacks can cause tachycardia in 25 percent of attacks. If this occurs it is greater than 100 per minute. 75 percent have a heart rate usually between 60-99. ...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 a fast heart rate during a panic attack damage your heart? Sometimes mine can get up to 150 or even close to 160.

Can a fast heart rate during a panic attack damage your heart? Sometimes mine can get up to 150 or even close to 160.

At your age,: Heart damage during a panic attack is not likely even if it feels like Hell. However, years of unresolved stress, anxiety and panic attacks will absolutely do damage to several organs including your cardiovascular system. The stress hormone excess creates extra white blood cells and they can clog arteries or form clots (new research). So... Consider adding CBT therapy for skills to manage anxiety. ...Read more

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Can a fast heart rate during a panic attack kill you?

Can a fast heart rate during a panic attack kill you?

Probably not: Probably not. But there are other heart rate related conditions with the risk of sudden death. It should be checked with the cardiology. ...Read more

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What causes chest pain and rapid heart rate during a panic attack?

What causes chest pain and rapid heart rate during a panic attack?

Panic: You are flooded with adrenaline, which would normally occur in fight or flight stress responses, when you are faced with life or death emergencies. This activates nerves supplying muscles in heart and elsewhere. If the heart muscles blood supply is compromised, pain or even angina can occur. But initially, the lactate from metabolism of glycogen as an energy supply can cause muscle pain. ...Read more

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Is a heart rate of 160-180 normal during a panic attack?

Is a heart rate of 160-180 normal during a panic attack?

Not necessarily.: It depends on your age and the clinical setting. Sudden onset vs. progressive increase to max would suggest another etiology. A monitor evaluation would be reasonable to determine the normalcy for you. ...Read more

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During a panic attack my heart rate can be 120-150 or 160. Does this require emergency medical attention?

During a panic attack my heart rate can be 120-150 or 160. Does this require emergency medical attention?

Maybe: Please be sure to find out you arent having a panic attack because of a medical cause such as a heart rhythm issue, hyperthyroidism, or the use of diet pills for instance. That is a pretty impressive heart rate at 160 for a panic attack. If you havent already been fully evaluated for these spells with elevated heart rate, then, yes, please go see you doctor. ...Read more

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During a panic attack, my heart rate can get up to 150 or 160. I'm 21. Is this dangerous? Could it cause heart damage/arrest?

During a panic attack, my heart rate can get up to 150 or 160. I'm 21. Is this dangerous? Could it cause heart damage/arrest?

No: But you need to control the panic attacks as they are a very serious condition that will probably require help. Seek help as you may not be able to control them yourself. Counseling, relaxation techniques and medications may be all needed. Please do it soon since panic attacks can take over your life. ...Read more

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Dr told me im healthy today BP 139/91 and heart rate of 105 how can BP be do during the day and low BP at bedtime and mornings without panic attacks?

Dr told me im healthy today BP 139/91 and heart rate of 105 how can BP be do  during the day and low BP at bedtime and mornings without panic attacks?

Need repeat readings: The question is confusing. At the very least the BP is considered abnormally high with tachycardia which could be caused by a stressful situation but then, again the person's pressure may just be high and needs to be treated. The doctor would have to measure the patient on several different occasions before making that determination. ...Read more

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Have panic attacks and heart rate jumps up and down from 150- 180. Gets slower if i walk around n faster if im still. Is 150-180 normal during attack?

Have panic attacks and heart rate jumps up and down from 150- 180. Gets slower if i walk around n faster if im still. Is 150-180 normal during attack?

It can be: Yes, this is well below your expected maximum heart rate for your age and can happen during a true panic attack. The fact that it slows while walking may suggest that walking is calming for you during an attack. Now, it is important to make sure the primary cause of your symptoms is panic rather than a heart arrhythmia, but if you've ever had an ECG/EKG during an episode, then you know. ...Read more

Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more


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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