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What's the difference between heart attack and anxiety panic attack symptoms?

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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.
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