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What Cause Panic Attack
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
Physiology of Panic: When ur brain senses danger (even when there's none) its fear & rage centers go into overdrive preparing ur body 2run or 2fight. The centers get u 2breathe fast because ur body needs lots of oxygen.(o2) 4 running/fighting. But if u get too much o2 in relation 2carbon dioxide (co2) u experience sensations of panic. To chase away panic:, take slow, shallow breaths. Cup ur hands & breathe thru them. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
Panic: Etiology is biopsychosocial, which means genetics (bio) & predisposition due to personality makeup (psycho) & in relation to experiencing exposure to traumas or fearful situations (social). It is hypersensitivity of the alarm system in our brain (fight-flight mechanismor thermostat) which goes haywire during attack & produces excess adrenaline which makes us panic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible Causes: Some things which can ^ risk for panic attacks include: previous abuse/ trauma as well as genetic predisposition. Traumatic brain injury, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia, mitral valve prolapse, recurrent hyperventilation, extreme physical activity, drug abuse & use of stimulants may ^ risk. Acute stressors or chronic stress, illness, claustrophobia & major life changes can also play a part. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anything/Nothing: The thing about panic attacks is that they can come out of the blue and for no particular reason. Or they may occur as the result of certain stressful situations, or other non-stressful situations like going to the store. One problem is, let's say a person has a panic attack at the store. He or she may then relate that store to the panic and avoid going to the store afraid they will panic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
A/W Dr. Jacobson.: Panic attacks may develop rapidly w sxs of: anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness/pain; shortness of breath w hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; sense of butterflies in stomach, nausea or vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; ^ sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking, difficulty swallowing or tight throat; a sense that you aren't real or that the. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mind & body: Mind and body are complexly interwoven -- not separate, the way some people think about them. Panic is the epitome of a condition showing symptoms in both realms, in the same person at the same time. Surges of sympathetic nervous activity produce many of the physical symptoms, like racing heart, shallow fast breathing, chest pressure, numbness & tingling of hands & fingers, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 2 more doctor answers
Bisoprolol has side: Effects that can seem like a panic attack. Stress over ses and/or condition being treated may trigger panic attack. Serious side effects require medical attention: slow, fast, or pounding heartbeats; chest pain, feeling like you might pass out; confusion, hallucinations; short of breath, even w/ mild exertion; numbness/tingling, or cold feeling in hands and feet. Seek help. Best regards for relief. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Result not cause: Panic attacks by definition are unexpected (ie "out of the blue" and without specific cause) and result in avoidace of situations in which attack occurred. The extreme is called agoraphobia which is a fear of being in open spaces. Fear of being alone is monophobia which can lead to anxiety, but not specifically panic attacks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Not being able to breathe is one of those things that can lead to panic. It becomes hard to tell which is the worse problem. So you could have fairly mild COPD but making you feel short of breath out of proportion to the lung problem. Then again, if the lung problem is severe, panic could make the symptoms even worse. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Panic attacks.: Some things which can ^ risk for panic attacks include: previous abuse/ trauma as well as genetic predisposition. Traumatic brain injury, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia, mitral valve prolapse, recurrent hyperventilation, extreme physical activity, drug abuse & use of stimulants may ^ risk. Acute stressors or chronic stress, illness, claustrophobia & major life changes can also play a part. ...Read more
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