Is it a panic attack, or a heart attack?
It might start with a racing heart or chest pain. Some people might experience nausea, or shortness of breath. Would you know the difference between a panic attack and a heart attack, if you or a loved one felt those symptoms?
Physically, they may feel similar. However, while panic attacks are intensely uncomfortable, they are not life threatening. But, heart attacks can be fatal if untreated. Keep an eye out for some of these symptoms that could be a symptom of either a panic attack or a heart attack. But keep in mind, everyone is different, and experiences symptoms differently.
Chest pain or discomfort. Rapid heart. Shortness of breath. Light headedness. Nausea. Feeling of impending doom. Sweating or chills.
The following symptoms are signs of a heart attack and generally will not occur in the event of a panic attack.
Pain in one or both arms. Pain in the jaw, back, shoulders, neck, or upper stomach. Because both have such similar symptoms, the only way to be sure is after a doctor has seen you and run some tests.
Heart attacks can begin with subtle symptoms that are often not described as pain. So it can be tempting to downplay your symptoms or brush them off as a panic attack or even indigestion.
If you have a diagnosed panic attack disorder, try deep breathing or meditation to see if your symptoms improve. But don’t delay long. If symptoms don’t improve, or if there’s any question about the cause of your symptoms, seek ER care immediately.
Whether it’s a panic attack, or something more serious. Seek medical attention immediately by calling your local health emergency services. Or visit near cardiologist or electrophysiologist.