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Last Updated: Jan 10, 2023

Panic Attack Not a Heart Attack!

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Dr. Rishu SaxenaCardiologist • 12 Years Exp.M.B.B.S. , PG Diploma In Clinical Cardiology
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A panic attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming anxiety and fear. Your heart pounds and you can’t breathe. You may even feel like you’re dying or going crazy. Left untreated, panic attacks can lead to panic disorder and other problems. They may even cause you to withdraw from normal activities. But panic attacks can be cured and the sooner you seek help, the better. With treatment, you can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of panic and regain control of your life.

Signs and symptoms of a panic attack-

Panic attacks often strike when you’re away from home, but they can happen anywhere and at any time. You may have one while you’re in a store shopping, walking down the street, driving in your car, or sitting on the couch at home.

The signs and symptoms of a panic attack develop abruptly and usually reach their peak within 10 minutes. Most panic attacks end within 20 to 30 minutes, and they rarely last more than an hour.

A full-blown panic attack includes a combination of the following signs and symptoms:

 Shortness of breath or hyperventilation

 Heart palpitations or racing heart
 Chest pain or discomfort
 Trembling or shaking
 Choking feeling
 Feeling unreal or detached from your surroundings
 Nausea or upset stomach
 Feeling dizzy, light-headed, or faint
 Numbness or tingling sensations
 Hot or cold flashes
 Fear of dying, losing control, or going crazy

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