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How can you distinguish a panic attack from an overdose or heart attack?

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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: Go to the ER

If the person has never previously been diagnosed with panic attacks or panic disorder, some type of evaluation is needed to rule out potentially life threatening causes such as overdose or heart attack.

In brief: Go to the ER

If the person has never previously been diagnosed with panic attacks or panic disorder, some type of evaluation is needed to rule out potentially life threatening causes such as overdose or heart attack.
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Panic attacks

Attacks can simulate heart attack, but exam & workup in the er shows no physiological abnormalities to indicate cardiac condition.
Also, depending on the substance used & the amount, an overdose can have other signs of toxicity & the sensorium (alertness) is affected such as delirium.

In brief: Panic attacks

Attacks can simulate heart attack, but exam & workup in the er shows no physiological abnormalities to indicate cardiac condition.
Also, depending on the substance used & the amount, an overdose can have other signs of toxicity & the sensorium (alertness) is affected such as delirium.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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