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What Is A Asthma Attack
Asthma attack: You're probably talking about an asthma attack caused by aspiration. This means inhaling something that should have been swallowed like food or stomach contents. This could set off an asthma attack. Aspiration can happen with people with swallowing difficulties such as with a stroke or when someone is intoxicated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exacerbation...: An asthma "attack" is an acute exacerbation of asthma caused by bronchospasm and inflammation of the airways. These exacerbations are recurrent but patients are often completely normal between attacks. Symptoms during the episode include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath. Patients may have low oxygen levels during the attack. Patients with these symptoms need immediate eval. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Panic attacks often: Last 2 to 10 mins. Sx’s can include: sense of severe anxiety or panic, chest tightness or pain, rapid or pounding heartbeat, areas of numbness or pins ; needles type sensation, hot flashes or chills ; heavy perspiration. There may be a tickle sensation in the stomach or nausea, feeling dizzy or faint ; physical shaking. The person may fear that they are going crazy, they are out of control or that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficulty breathing: Asthma is due inflammation in the breathing tubes with mucus -- which causes narrowing of the tubes. It is often caused by allergies. Infection cold air. An allergist can help you figure out the cause and talk to you about an effective treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sensation differs: In panic, an individual usually gets a sensation that they can't catch their breath and often takes rapid, short breaths. It feels hard to INhale, and there may be a squeak noted in the upper windpipe. Episode usually preceded by sighing, feeling a lump in throat. In asthma, EXhaing is prolonged, due to narrow small airways and causes wheezing. May cough. Progress to both IN and EXhalation ...Read more
A silent heart attack is a heart attack that has few, if any, symptoms: You may have never had any symptoms to warn you that you've developed a heart problem, such as chest pain or shortness of breath. Some people later recall their silent heart attack was mistaken for indigestion, nausea, muscle pain or a bad case of the flu. The risk factors for a silent heart attack are the same as those for a heart attack with symptoms. The risk factors include: Smoking or chewing tobacco, Family history of heart disease, Age, High cholesterol, High blood pressure, Diabetes, Lack of exercise, Being overweight. Having a silent heart attack puts you at a greater risk of having another heart attack, which could be fatal. Having another heart attack also increases your risk of complications, such as heart failure. The only way to tell if you've had a silent heart attack is to have imaging tests, such as an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram or others. These tests can reveal changes that signal you've had a heart attack. If you wonder if you've had a silent heart attack, talk to your doctor. A review of your symptoms, health history and a physical exam can help your doctor decide if more tests are necessary. . ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variety of symptoms: Heart attack symptoms in women can be very different from the classic symptoms more commonly seen in men - chest pain and difficulty breathing. Women may have those symptoms but some women may have very nonspecific symptoms such as nausea, sweating, or slight difficulty breathing with exertion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sxs: Panic attacks can develop rapidly and can include: marked anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness or pain; shortness of breath with hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; a sense of butterflies in the stomach, nausea or even vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; increased sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache, shaking; difficulty swallowing or throat tightness; a >>. ...Read more
Really cannot differentiate if it is a heart attack or a panic attack. How to tell the difference?
Panic attack: A full panic attack is s sudden, "out of the blue" experience of intense fear and feeling that one is going to go crazy or die, accompanied by physical symptoms like rapid heart rate, bounding pulse, smothering sensation, dizziness/lightheadedness, chills or heat flush, tingling sensation, & chest pressure or pain, etc. It peaks within a few minutes & dissipates over ~30min. There is help! ...Read more
Yes, how severe: The difference is one of degree of severity. Anxiety attacks are much more common, and be treated more easily. Panic attacks are much more severe, and are accompanied by breathing difficulties, agitation, and often feelings of impending doom or that one is dying. Both can be treated by cognitive behavioral psychotherapy with medication if needed. Both can have good outcomes. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cardiac asthma is not a form of asthma: It's a type of coughing or wheezing that occurs with left heart failure. Depending on how severe your symptoms are, this wheezing can be a medical emergency. Heart failure can cause fluid to build up in your lungs (pulmonary edema) and in and around your airways. The latter causes signs and symptoms — such as shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing — that may mimic asthma. True asthma is a chronic condition caused by inflammation of the airways, which can narrow them, leading to breathing difficulties. True asthma has nothing to do with fluid in the lungs or heart disease. The distinction is important because treatments for asthma and heart failure are different. Treatments for heart failure can help improve your symptoms for both the heart failure and the cardiac asthma. Overusing treatments for true asthma, such as rescue inhalers, may actually worsen cardiac asthma and could cause dangerous heart rhythms. ...Read more
Panic attack: Panic attacks can develop rapidly ; include: marked anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness or pain; shortness of breath with hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; a sense of butterflies in the stomach, nausea or even vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; increased sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking. There may be difficulty swallowing or tight throat;. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seizure versus panic: Most panic attacks surface when a person is scared, starts holding their breath, become tearful, and frightened.What can you do? Start with taking deep breaths then the brain will have enough oxygen to do it's best to help you think clearly. I enjoy holding my breath in for 5 to 10 seconds and letting it out in 30 seconds. Seizues have more tightened muscles, including an "aura", and falling. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Quickly// variable: Aspirin oxygen by ambulance depending on location of patient, ambulance and hospital with cardiac capabilities supine head up 20 degrees if pulse and BP ok ( to reduce aspiration ) monitor pulse and BP if possible check ekg and call er and send. If way away- car as quickly as possible or meet the ambulance part way. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on the type of medication. Asthma rescue medications typically contain albuterol, a medication that relaxes smooth muscles that can tighten and narrow the airways. Other asthma medications contain anti-inflammatory compounds like inhaled steroids, while others work by stabilizing specific "allergy" cells called mast cells. There are many different types of asthma medications! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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