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How do you recognize panic attack from a heart attack when it's happening to someone?

How do you recognize panic attack from a heart attack when it's happening to someone?

Doc Recognize: Panic attack vs Heart attack is something doctors deal with a lot. For a patient I would say that you should not make that difference. If you having chest pain or shortness of breath GO TO THE ER. Let us determine if you are having a panic attack or a heart attack. We are trained to tell the difference between the two, by asking questions, doing a physical, running EKG's, test etc. ...Read more

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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What exactly happens when a person has a panic attack and how can you help them?

What exactly happens when a person has a panic attack and how can you help them?

The person has a: Release of fight - flight chemical in their body. Pull the person off to the side of anything that might be triggering their anxiety ; encourage them to breath more slowly ; calmly. ...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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What should you do when someone has a asthma attack and passes out?

What should you do when someone has a asthma attack and passes out?

Call 911: If so done with asthma or a pulmonary condition has so much difficulty they pass out they need medical attention. This can be a life threatening condition. ...Read more

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

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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What can you do for someone who is having a heart attack before the ambulance gets there?

What can you do for someone who is having a heart attack before the ambulance gets there?

Rest + aspirin: Try to keep them calm- have them lie down. If you have an aspirin, have them chew and swallow it as Aspirin is probably the single most effective way to treat a heart attack and is very safe. ...Read more

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How would you know when someone fakes a heart attack?

How would you know when someone fakes a heart attack?

Time: Perceived symptoms are not like a real one no sweating, pallor, fear of death. Stable vital signs negative chemistry and ekg testing. Some may end up with cardiac stress testing, cardiac catheterization to prove negative. Some are mental health issues, others turn out to have other diseases that mimic and are not faking just confused. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens to a person that goes into a panic attack ?

Could you tell me what happens to a person that goes into a panic attack ?

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

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It fears me when I am at a train or plane that causes me to think that I'm going to have a panic attack?

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It fears me when I am at a train or plane that causes me to think that I'm going to have a panic attack?

Panic attack: Sudden intense anxiety or apprehension accompanied by sense of impending doom and other hyper arousal symptoms, either due to medical causes or part of panic disorder. Seek Counselor for Cognitive Behavior therapy to help with panic & take control. ...Read more

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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?

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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What to do when panic attack on a cruise?

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Panic: Sit in quiet place, close eyes, meditate, visualize pleasant scenes, breathing exercises, and if attack progresses, ask for the doctor on the ship. ...Read more

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How do you know if someone is having a panic attack?

Medical 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 to do during a panic attack?

Bring it on ; then..: If u feel panic attack coming on or if u're in situation that might bring one on, try this: let it come! actually let it happen! so if u feel one coming on tell urself "i can handle it -even though it won't feel good!" and before one comes or while it's happening 1) do slow "belly breathing"; ; 2) alternate between squeezing ; relaxing different muscle groups. U'll learn u have control over them! ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is a heart attack not a heart attack?

Can you tell me exactly when is a heart attack not a heart attack?

When: You develop chest pain and symptoms of a heart attack but no muscle dies. It could have just been angina without actual cardiac injury. Cardiac lab tests ( enzymes) would be normal. ...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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What to do if my boyfriend has an anxiety/panic attack?

What to do if my boyfriend has an anxiety/panic attack?

Knowledge 2 Help: The more you know, the better you can help your friend. "panic attacks tend to start quickly and reach a peak within 10 minutes. The peak generally lasts for about 5 to 10 minutes before the symptoms start to settle. However, it can take quite some time for all the symptoms to subside." source=page on panic disorder by anxiety disorders assn' of british columbia (http://bit.Ly/pylkom). ...Read more

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What actually happens to a person when they experience a heart attack?

What actually happens to a person when they experience a heart attack?

Symptoms first: To actually experience means they have symptoms. The classic symptoms are chest pressure or heaviness like an elephant on chest, severe cold sweats, shortness of breath, there may be nausea, dizziness, radiation of discomfort to jaw or left arm. Others feel nothing, others have acute complications including sudden death., congestive heart failure but others none. ...Read more

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Hi what is the best thing to do when having a massive panic and anxiety attack?

Panic Attacks: Provided you have been to the doc and know that this is a panic attack, don't drive. Change your thoughts (self-talk) to "These episodes are self-limiting." Breathe slowly from the belly. See clinical psychologist who treats panic if you are not in treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What should I do if someone at work gets a heart attack?

Call 911: 1. Call 911 2. Call 911 - this is most important - they need immediate medical care at a hospital and each minute counts. Then, 3. Give an Aspirin - whatever dose you have - technically 325 mg but a couple of 81 mg if that's all you have is a lot better than none. 4. Keep the patient comfortable and wait for help. 5. Know where the automatic defibrillator is just in case. ...Read more

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Panic Attack (Definition)

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will occur when not expected. The person lives in fear that ...Read more