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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

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Dr. Aaron Ament
Psychiatry
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In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Aaron Ament
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Dr. Rodney Del Valle
Anesthesiology
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In brief: At your age

With above normal studies, you are not having or are not going to have a heart attack anytime soon.
Take care of yourself and your anxiety disorder. Keep a healthy life exercising and eating healthy. Good luck.

In brief: At your age

With above normal studies, you are not having or are not going to have a heart attack anytime soon.
Take care of yourself and your anxiety disorder. Keep a healthy life exercising and eating healthy. Good luck.
Dr. Rodney Del Valle
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Dr. Ivan Ip
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: Can be hard

You are right, the symptoms are similar. But with normal echo, ekg, and stress tests, it's quite reassuring that from the heart perspective.

In brief: Can be hard

You are right, the symptoms are similar. But with normal echo, ekg, and stress tests, it's quite reassuring that from the heart perspective.
Dr. Ivan Ip
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Can be hard.

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.

In brief: Can be hard.

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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
a sense that you are not real or that the world around you feels surreal. You may be afraid you are going crazy or that you'll die. Panic attacks usually peak w/i ten minutes & then begin to subside but can leave you exhausted or feeling residual panic. Heart attack symptoms can include: chest pressure, pain or tightness that can radiate to arms, neck, jaw or back; nausea, shortness of breath, >>>
Dr. Heidi Fowler
sweating, lightheadedness,dizziness, fatigue, anxiety or a sense of impending doom. The bottom line is that there can be an overlap of symptoms between an heart attack & a panic attack. As a result many people are transported to an emergency room for their first panic attack so that a heart attack can be ruled out. Once the diagnosis is confirmed then you will have an idea of what to expect.
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