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What are the symptoms of a panic attack? Are they similar to heart attacks?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: 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; a sense that you.

In brief: 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; a sense that you.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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 anxiety. Heart attack symptoms can include: chest pressure, pain or tightness that can radiate to arms, neck, jaw or back; nausea, shortness of breath,sweating,
Dr. Heidi Fowler
ightheadedness,dizziness, fatigue, anxiety or sense of impending doom. There can be an overlap of symptoms between heart attack & panic attack. Many are transported to an ER for their 1st panic attack so a heart attack can be ruled out. Once diagnosis is confirmed you will have an idea of what to expect wa panic attack. There often isn't an easy way to distinguish initially.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Panic attacks

Panic attacks are psychologic reactions which can have symptoms which mimic those of heart attack.
A real heart attack is caused by a heart blood vessel blocking off and damaging a part of the heart. Heart attack can be fatal. Panic attack usually isn't fatal but can be psychologically incapacitating.

In brief: Panic attacks

Panic attacks are psychologic reactions which can have symptoms which mimic those of heart attack.
A real heart attack is caused by a heart blood vessel blocking off and damaging a part of the heart. Heart attack can be fatal. Panic attack usually isn't fatal but can be psychologically incapacitating.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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