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Do panic attacks caused by anxiety cause your heart rate to change for short periods of time?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jonathan Shedler
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Racing heart is a common symptom in panic attacks.

In brief: Yes

Racing heart is a common symptom in panic attacks.
Dr. Jonathan Shedler
Dr. Jonathan Shedler
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Dr. Steve Choi
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

You can experience palpitations during a panic attack.
Further testing needed if the symptoms are severe or cause chest pain, dizziness or weakness.

In brief: Yes

You can experience palpitations during a panic attack.
Further testing needed if the symptoms are severe or cause chest pain, dizziness or weakness.
Dr. Steve Choi
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Dr. Warren Foster
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Anxiety attacks, especially in young women, can lead to heart rates even in the low to mid hundreds.
However, sudden starting or stopping, or heart rates over 150 bpm, may suggest an arrhythmia, such as an SVT. Other, rare conditions can cause similar symptoms too. If concerned, consider seeing a heart rhythm specialist.

In brief: Yes

Anxiety attacks, especially in young women, can lead to heart rates even in the low to mid hundreds.
However, sudden starting or stopping, or heart rates over 150 bpm, may suggest an arrhythmia, such as an SVT. Other, rare conditions can cause similar symptoms too. If concerned, consider seeing a heart rhythm specialist.
Dr. Warren Foster
Dr. Warren Foster
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Dr. Carlos Barrios
Pediatrics - Psychiatry

In brief: Absolutely!

Tachycardia ( a fast heart rate) is part and parcel of a panic attack.
Also can have shortness of breath, dizziness, or feelings something terrible will happen. Please talk to your doc about ruling out medical causes, treating anxiety itself, or referring to therapist or psychiatrist. Stay clear of benzos (not effective/addicting), with few exceptions. If medication considered ssri's are best.

In brief: Absolutely!

Tachycardia ( a fast heart rate) is part and parcel of a panic attack.
Also can have shortness of breath, dizziness, or feelings something terrible will happen. Please talk to your doc about ruling out medical causes, treating anxiety itself, or referring to therapist or psychiatrist. Stay clear of benzos (not effective/addicting), with few exceptions. If medication considered ssri's are best.
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Dr. Carlos Barrios
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Dr. Thomas Steele
Psychiatry

In brief: Yes

Heart rate usually increases during a panic attack.

In brief: Yes

Heart rate usually increases during a panic attack.
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Dr. Thomas Steele
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