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Panic Attacks Vs Heart 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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Difference....: In a heart attack, there is no blood flow to a portion of the heart muscle and damage to the heart can occur. Symptoms include chest pain that can go to the left arm or jaw, shortness of breath, sweating, etc. In an anxiety attack, there is normal blood flow to the heart and the person feels anxious and may have similar symptoms of a heart attack. An ekg is sometimes needed to tell the difference. ...Read more
Information.: Yes it could be confused. Special tests may need to be done. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
So for about a week have been feeling like im having heart attack with all same symptoms as one more sudden then gradual though. I do smoke cigarettes and it makes it worse. I do have panic attacks but nothing like this. What should i do?
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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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.
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 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
Constant panic attacks that i sometimes freeze. can't sleep more than 2 hrs. Could this cause heart attack/ fainting? never had either. cn barely walk
Panic / "Freeze": The "Fight-Flight-Freeze" response in all of us is too sensitive/easily triggered in you. Please see your doc to make sure you are otherwise healthy then re-training via www.relaxationresponse.org and the help of a clinical psychologist can bring relief. Peace and good health. ...Read more
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
Is it possible at age 21 to have heart attack if the heart is healthy?I did ekg everything but sometimes i have panic attacks that mimic heart attacks
Panic attacks half the day, work 12hr, little sleep. Can this cause heart attack young female. Been going on long time. Numb body & aching for weeks.
Heart attack=no: You can obviously get worked up to the point of exhaustion & feel like there is no way to stop it. You have also realized you need help which is the first step toward recovery. See your doc for an initial evaluation ( some health issues can aggravate this) and then s/he can refer you to the local source you need for treatment. You can get this under control with work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a panic attacks leads to a sudden heart attack? My doctor told my heart is fine now after a successful heart operation. But I still feel anxiety &
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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