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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

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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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Panic attack vs anxiety attack symptoms, how do they differ?

Panic attack vs anxiety attack symptoms, how do they differ?

Essentially the same: Panic attack ; anxiety attack: basically the same. Feeling of impending doom; intense fear that often coincides with so-called physiological changes; by definition lasts at least 10 min ; at least 4 of these: shallow, fast breathing; rapid heart-rate/palpitations; chest tightness, nausea/vomiting in some cases;feeling cold ; clammy or lightheaded; trembling/shaking; feeling of dying/losing control. ...Read more

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Heart attack vs. Indigestion?

Heart attack vs. Indigestion?

Sometimes: Difficult to tell. In olden days, people frequently died of indigestion that was really a heart attack. See ur md to begin ur evakuation. www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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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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Can you get shock during panic attack anxiety attack anixety racing heart high blood pressure ?

Unlikely: Panic attacks will not cause going into shock by themselves. They cause most people to go to ERs. Where a. Adria. Work up usuLly shows no problem. Learn relaxation exercises, meditation and similar tech iques ...Read more

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How are an anxiety attack and a panic attack different?

How are an anxiety attack and a panic attack different?

Basically the same: The dsm (manuel used to diagnose psychiatric illnesses) uses the word panic attack to describe the acute (sudden) onset of extreme anxiety 'out of the blue'. It is part of the diagnosis of panic disorder. Anxiety attack would be a more general word used in conversation. Of note there is also a diagnosis called "generalized anxiety disorder" which describes low grade, daily worry and anxiety. ...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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Are panic attacks danger tomy heart?

Are panic attacks danger tomy heart?

No: Panic attacks can make you feel like you are going to die, and the belief that your heart is going to stop is quite common. However, although it certainly can make your heart rate rise alarmingly, there is no direct damage to your heart or lungs or any other bodily organ. ...Read more

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Symptom of stroke or heart attack?

Symptom of stroke or heart attack?

what's the question?: Apologies, but what exactly are you asking? If you are concerned about either and feel that you have symptoms, you need to go to the emergency room or see your pcp to be examined. ...Read more

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Symptom of heart attack?

Symptom of heart attack?

Lots of things: Chest pain, with or without radiation to the arms, back, shoulders or jaw, sweating, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure and shortness of breath tend to be the most common. ...Read more

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Is a panic attack anxiety dangerous?

Physically, no, even: though the symptoms can be frightening. Many people have only one or two panic attacks in their lifetimes. If yours recur & you worry about having another one, you may have Panic Disorder. Panic attacks also occur within the context of other psychiatric disorders. If yours recur & you do not seek treatment, you can develop specific phobis that cause harmful impact to your daily functioning. ...Read more

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What causes panic attacks with hyperventilation?

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Panic: Usually there are no clear triggers for panic attacks. Finding good therapist that works with cognitive behavior therapy will help u explore the dynamics underlying your anxiety, and eventually concur the attacks. ...Read more

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What are heart attack symptoms?

What are heart attack symptoms?

Chest Pain: The following are suspicious for a heart attack; tight, dull, or heavy pain lasting longer than 15 minutes in the chest (retrosternal or left chest); and/or arms, back or jaw associated with nausea and vomiting, marked sweating, breathlessness ...Read more

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What distinguishes a panic attack from a heart attack?

You can not: Chest pain from a heart attack lasts longer than 20min, so can panic attack.If so a patient should call 911. ...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 anxiety cause a silent heart attack or angina?

Not by itself: Stress does contribute to heart attacks, but does not directly cause them. Family history, diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia and smoking are the known risk factors. Occasionally, even people without CAD will feel tightness in their chest when anxious, hyperventilating, or tightening their musculature. Of course, if their is any question, one should seek care by their pcp or er. ...Read more

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Symptons heart attack?

Symptons heart attack?

Chest pain: Anterior sub sternal crushing pain worst ever with radiation to neck(angina) and frequently left arm occasionally to the upper abdomen and back however, it is quite variable. ...Read more

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Panic attacks with the exact same symptoms of a heart attack, help?

Get help: You did not provide enough information, do you have a diagnosis of panic attacks? If you are having persistent chest pain you should call 911 or have someone take you to the nearest emergency room. ...Read more

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Panic attacks that present with the exact symptoms of a heart attack, so how am I to know each time if I'm not actually having a heart attack?

Panic attacks that present with the exact symptoms of a heart attack, so how am I to know each time if I'm not actually having a heart attack?

Panic symptoms like: Heart attacks. (shortness of breath, heart palpitations, sweating, etc) with normal ecg. Learn2relax your breathing. Practice when u r not having a panic attack so that when it occurs u will B prepared2use the relaxed breathing2calm yourself. At the same time remind yourself, it will pass, UR not having a heart attack or other physical problem. Psychologist can teach u relaxation techniques. ...Read more

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How can I differentiate panic attacks or anxiety from heart attack if they have the same symptoms?Normal 2decho jan 2013, ecg, threadmill stress test

SCARED?: You sound like excess anxiety and panic attacks have you worried. Unless you have a pretty specific defect a heart attack is unlikely to be a danger. However, the emotions are giving you some real distress. Getting help when youre not doing well alone is perfectly honorable and really makes sense. Anxiety and panic can be controlled. Psychotherapy and meds will do the best job. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've been experiencing severe panic attacks right before going to bed. I feel as if I can't breath, like I'm having a heart attack and will die. I also have physical symptoms such as a bad pain in my left arm and back, tingling in my hand and sweating.

Be careful: Be certain that the cause is truly a panic attack: this a "diagnosis of exclusion." first you need to be checked carefully for other, more ominous causes. See your family doc if you haven't already. If it's deemed to be panic, consider relaxation techniques like transcendental meditation, yoga, self hypnosis with or without assistance from a tranquilizer (under the direction of your doc). ...Read more

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How do i know if im having a mini heart attack or that i have anxiety or panic attacks ?

How do i know if im having a mini heart attack or that i have anxiety or panic attacks
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Panic vs. Heart: The symptoms for both MAY look the same. Please go to your doc to rule out any medical condition and then see a mental health pro who treats anxiety disorders. He/she can teach you strategies to deal w/panic if that is what's going on. Peace and good health. See www.relaxationresponse.org for some self-help. ...Read more

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How to deal with nocturnal panic attacks? I wake up with my heart racing and feel as if I was going to have a heart attack.

Professional help: Your symptoms are severe and might affect your wellbeing and your functioning during the day. There are multiple approaches to treat panic attacks. I suggest you look for a Mental Health group to get a thorough evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I'm scared my panic attacks can lead to harming me in some way. Is there any way they could hurt me? Example being a heart attack?

I'm scared my panic attacks can lead to harming me in some way. Is there any way they could hurt me? Example being a heart attack?

Panic Attacks: Don't kill people. They don't cause heart attacks. But they can make you feel utterly miserable so I help you are getting medical assistance. ...Read more

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Panic attacks are starting to feel like i'm having a heart attack. Almost passed out at work a few times. I need advice. Very hard to get a psych appt?

Panic attacks are starting to feel like i'm having a heart attack. Almost passed out at work a few times. I need advice. Very hard to get a psych appt?

Panic: I really appreciate that you have the insight to know that your mind is causing your physical symptoms. When we panic or have anxiety we often hold our chest muscles too tight, and breathe too shallow making a vicious cycle of muscle fatigue and low oxygen add to our sense that something is wrong. Learning breathing techniques, learning how to manage these anxious feelings is how to live well. ...Read more

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I'm 21 years old , non smoker and history of panic attacks. Chest has been hurting for a week now, could this be a heart attack?

I'm 21 years old , non smoker and history of panic attacks. Chest has been hurting for a week now, could this be a heart attack?

Usually, you go to: an MD to eliminate a dx of cardiac problems, just to be sure. If you have panic, and its chronic, chronic chest problems can follow, but again, this needs to be diagnosed with a little more depth. Psychologists and psychiatrists are good at this. Here's another source of info: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...Read more

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Have been having bad panic attacks for four months and arguing with family a lot I get very angry and stressed can this cause a heart attack?

Heart attack: Probably not. I strongly recommend you get an appointment to see a Psychologist. You will be seen a few times but you will come out as happy as can be and life will go on just fine. ...Read more

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Stopping ssri n i keep getting panic attacks! every time i get one i think i'm having a stroke or heart attack.. How do I convince myself i'm ok?

Stopping ssri n i keep getting panic attacks! every time i get one i think i'm having a stroke or heart attack.. How do I convince myself i'm ok?

SSRI: This is serious. You cannot manage yourself without the help of your psychiatrist in order to avoid important side effects or insorgence of new symptoms. ...Read more

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I get random panic attacks and i always feel like i'm gettinga heart attack or something. I'm scared and i feel like i'm going to die. The doctors said that I have anxiety. What should I do?

I get random panic attacks and i always feel like i'm gettinga heart attack or something. I'm scared and i feel like i'm going to die. The doctors said that I have anxiety. What should I do?

Yes, it could be: It sounds like your doctors have found that your heart is doing well. Panic attacks can truly feel like heart attacks -- in fact many people having their first episodes go to er's because of that. Panic can produce many physical symptoms, like chest pressure, shortness of breath, dizziness, etc. See a psychiatrist for eval and treatment; cbt w/psychologist is important too. Be well. ...Read more

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During my panic attacks my BP rise around 130-140 over 100 will it cause heart attack or stroke?And does it make me a hypertensive person?

During my panic attacks my BP rise around 130-140 over 100 will it cause heart attack or stroke?And does it make me a hypertensive person?

Not likely: Check several times a day and record for your doctor. Get help, for the panic attacks. Panic, fight, flight release Adrenalin and raise pulse and BP transiently. But very high BP even briefly can do damage so do not ignore. ...Read more

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Been having panic attacks almost daily now for a week. last from a few mins to 10. Feels like I am having a heart attack. See a doctor or wait a longe?

Been having panic attacks almost daily now for a week. last from a few mins to 10. Feels like I am having a heart attack. See a doctor or wait a longe?

Get help: Don't try to fight this yourself as the stress and anxiety level may worsen rather than subside and your physical health will suffer. You need professional help from your physician or a psychiatrist. Stress management is needed and medication may be prescribed at least short-term. ...Read more

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Suffer from panic attacks think i'm having heart attack doctor says EKG and blood work were fine could i still have one? 28yr old female

Suffer from panic attacks think i'm having heart attack doctor says EKG and blood work were fine could i still have one? 28yr old female

Quieting What-Ifs: Many young kids are afraid of monsters. We know it's pointless to try to convince them that monsters exist only in their imaginations. In ur case, it's like u've got a child next to u living in fear of u having a heart attack. A psychologist specializing in treatment of anxiety &panic can teach u how 2quiet this child, so to speak. Educate urself about anxiety & panic. See http://www.Anxietybc.Org. ...Read more

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I suffer from panic attacks. Have been to ER many times fearing heart attack only to be told I am fine. Now suffering left arm pain. Is this cardiac?

I suffer from panic attacks. Have been to ER many times fearing heart attack only to be told I am fine. Now suffering left arm pain. Is this cardiac?

Likely no: You probably have been worked up several times and found that even the risk of heart attack in you is low. An arm pain associated with heart attack will not last so long such as days or even hours without having completed a heart attack and the sequelae such as congestive heart failure would have occurred. Still go to your pmd as reassurance is best if they can review you have been worked up. ...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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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart are blocked so that the heart is no longer ...Read more