Can a panic attack ever harm you? My heart beats so hard and fast during attacks I feel like it will kill me and that fear only makes it worse

Panic attacks. One will not die from a panic attack. A prime symptom is a feeling that you may die. This is a very treatable condition.
Yes and No. Panic, per se, will not harm you since the clinical manifestation of the fear response (fight or flight) is panic. In many ways, the experience of panic in general suggests your primitive alarm system is functioning properly albeit in contexts that are not dangerous. However, chronic panic is associated with persistent medical conditions (antony et al., 1998; barsky, delamater, & orav, 1999).

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My heart beats fast and I feel panicky during every episode. It feels like I'm not in my body. Is it panic attacks? I have Aspergers and anxiety.

Mgt. i would recommend checking with your provider. They may screen with an EKG. Read more...
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Therapy? Provided there is no physiological reason for your symptoms, have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. Read more...

I have hard and fast heart beats after standing sitting eating and walking around. It all has started after my first panic attack one year ago.

Heartbeat. Please start by seeing your doc to rule out/identify medical conditions. Then please see a mental health pro such as a clinical psychologist who specializes in mood disorders like panic attacks. Heartbeat and breathing are common areas panic and anxiety magnify and your mind has become focused on them. Lots of reasons to hope. Peace and good health. Read more...

I got essure done 14 days ago I was fine when I start reading bad review about it I feel like panic attack now and my heart beat so fast is essure bad?

Panic is worse! Whether essure is good for you or not, panic certainly is not helpful. So relax, seek the source of your panic, acknowledge it and let it go. Holding on to negative feelings only causes the body to tighten as a protective mechanism, which leads to pain and an increase of the negative emotion. Medicine is as much an art as a science, as is life. So live it artfully. Read more...
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Need to be seen . You are describing symptoms that could be a panic attack, but also could be a result of serious illness. Please see a physician as soon as possible to decide what is causing your symptoms. Read more...
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When I am close to falling asleep I have what seems like a panic attack, my heart beat goes way up and life seems like its going 100 mph. Whats happe?

Anxiety. Sounds like you have anxiety- would suggest to dsee your pcp of a psychiatrist for treatment. Read more...
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I'm not a flexible person, when under stress and have a change in plans I get nervous and get panic attacks, rapid heart beats, trembling and numbness.

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I've had anxiety for years. Today face feeling flushed and hot feel heart beat slight headache could it be panic attack?

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