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What to do if i can't tell if I am having a panic attack or a heart attack! how do I find out?

What to do if i can't tell if I am having a panic attack or a heart attack! how do I find out?

Panic attacks: See your dr, get an ekg and workup as he recommends. Panic attacks are a diagnosis of exclusion, that is when all other causes have been investigated. ...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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How would i know if I am only having panic attacks?

How would i know if I am only having panic attacks?

Panic attacks.: 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 or shaking. See below>>>>. ...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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What should I do if I am suffering from panic and anxiety attacks?

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What should I do if I am suffering from panic and anxiety attacks?

Panic: Breathing exercises work, also self-talk & reassurance until the attack subsides. Gaining control is the goal. ...Read more

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What could I do to breathe when having a panic attack?

What could I do to breathe when having a panic attack?

Breathing Apps: There are free smartphone apps developed by us dept of defense's "national center for telehealth & technology" designed to help you learn to breathe from your diaphragm, which can trigger a relaxation response. #1) "tactical breather" (http://bit.Ly/15zcvym); #2) "breathe2relax" (http://bit.Ly/15zdyku). Also consider refresher course on how anxiety works: (e.g., http://www.Anxietybc.Org). ...Read more

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How to tell if I am having an anxiety attack?

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Anxiety: Feeling keyed up, restless, tense & can't relax, fearful, can't sleep, worry a lot, physical symptoms of hyper arousal such are fast heart, sweat, headache, stomach & bowel gases & distention, sense of urgency, tremors, ache/pains anywhere. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am having a heart attack?

How to tell if I am having a heart attack?

Classic symptoms: You will recognize it only if you have the classic symptoms of chest heaviness like an elephant on chest, cold sweats, shortness of breath, radiating pain to jaw or left arm. There are so many variations from severe symptoms to none and only the classic ones are easy to recognize, fortunately is more common. ...Read more

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What should I do if someone is having a stroke? What should I do if I am having a stroke?

What should I do if someone is having a stroke? What should I do if I am having a stroke?

FAST: Fast= face, arm, speech, time to act and call 911. Time to intervention is of the utmost importance. ...Read more

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I feel a panic attack coming on what should I do please help fast?

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I feel a panic attack coming on what should I do please help fast?

Panic: Breathing exercises help. Refer to my previous answers for details. ...Read more

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What to do when having a panic attack?

Panic attacks: If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. ...Read more

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Am i having a panic attack? What should I do?

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; a sense that you a. ...Read more

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What would happen if I had a panic attack while vomiting? I'm scared of vomiting and I panic when I feel sick so what would happen if I panic ?

What would happen if I had a panic attack while vomiting? I'm scared of vomiting and I panic when I feel sick so what would happen if I panic ?

Nothing: The only thing that would happen is that you will feel uncomfortable. Your worry about vomiting and having a panic attack is most likely contributing to your anxiety about it. Try allowing yourself to accept that vomiting is ok even though you may not like. You don't have to like vomiting to allow it to be ok. Try removing any judgemental thoughts about it which likely increase your anxiety. ...Read more

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What to do if i think I have a heart rhythm disorder, should I be worried?

What to do if i think I have a heart rhythm disorder, should I be worried?

Depends on what: Most heart rhythm disorders are annoying but not fatal. That said, i'd have to know what yours was before i could say anything useful about it. ...Read more

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What should I do when someone is having a heart attack?

Call 911: Check pulse, alertness do CPR if not give an Aspirin if available and able to swallow get help and get to hospital. ...Read more

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How do I know if I could have anxiety? What are the beginning symptoms? I think I had an attack once..

How do I know if I could have anxiety? What are the beginning symptoms? I think I had an attack once..

Anxiety: Common symptoms: chronic worry for no apparent reason, overwhelming fear of a stimulus or situation, agitation, nervousness, or thoughts of dread accompanied by physical symptoms (sweating, high heart rate, flushing, panic). Important to determine if symptoms affect functioning in multiple domains (school, social activities, etc). Be sure to discuss with parent or family, as well as your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have intense anxiety/panic attacks?

Sometimes you will: Need to remove yourself from the trigger. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if desired. This is something that can be done for an acute panic attack - but you really will need a comprehensive psychiatric. ...Read more

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How can I know if i had a panic attack?

Psychiatric eval: 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 more

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What should I do if I think I am having a stroke or tia?

What should I do if I think I am having a stroke or tia?

Call 911: Go to the emergency room and be evaluated for clot busting drugs. If you are not having a stroke, they should be able to let you know what is happening to you. ...Read more

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How to know if i just had a panic attack?

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 more

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What could I do to find out if i'm having a panic attack?

SYMPTOMS: Rapid breath, heart rate. Possible sweating, tingling. Fear of dying (or intense anxiety). If you have doubts ask your dr. ...Read more

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Panic Attack (Definition)

A type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will ...Read more