Decoding a heart attack from an anxiety attack, otherwise known as a panic attack, can be a tough mystery to solve. It is possible to have chest pain from anxiety or from a heart attack. It’s surprising how similar both conditions can feel and how many symptoms they have in common. But every second counts when solving a mystery and avoiding heart damage. That’s why it is so important to learn the possible symptoms and call 911 immediately if the clues exist.
Panic Attack and Heart Attack Symptoms
Anxiety attacks are not life threatening but can significantly affect your quality of life. They are a sudden and intense feeling of fear that can trigger physical symptoms. They can even occur when there is no real reason or danger and can last for minutes or up to an hour.
Heart attacks are life threatening. And because of how similar many the symptoms can be, you should always play it safe and head to the emergency room for an expert medical evaluation.
For both conditions, symptoms can vary by person and incidence. Some possible signs include:
|Symptom||Panic Attack||Heart Attack|
|Chest pain or discomfort|
|Shortness of breath|
|Dizziness or lightheadedness|
|Fear of impending doom|
|Sweating or chills|
|Muscle tension or headache|
|Pain in one or both arms|
|Pain in the jaw, back, shoulders, neck or upper stomach|
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Treatment for Panic Attacks
Anxiety can impact every aspect of a person’s life—from productivity at work or school, to family and social life. Research Psychiatric Center (RPC), located in Kansas City, offers outpatient programs for those struggling with emotional issues. Our experts use proven methods to help individuals get back to a place where they can live satisfying and productive lives.