Panic attack versus heart attack: What is the difference? - NewsDio
Complaining about chest pain, people who have a panic attack are often seen running to hospital emergency units. When checking symptoms, doctors distinguish between a panic attack and a heart attack before proceeding with other tests. It is common for people to mix the two, as there are many similarities in the initial symptoms: chest pain, breathlessness and sweating. However, in order to treat both conditions, it is necessary to distinguish between the two health problems. First, it is important to know the severity of heart conditions. For a healthy heart, a sufficient blood supply is needed to flow to the organ without the accumulation of plaque obstructing blood flow. When plaque builds up, the chest tightens, which can cause blood clots, arterial spasms or atherosclerosis that could cause poor heart health, which triggers a heart attack. Narrowing of the arteries can also cause heart attacks. Therefore, heart attacks are much more serious than a panic attack, which is not caused by blockages in the arteries. Excessive anxiety is an unhealthy response to stress, to the point that it is obviously a disproportionate reaction to the distressing event. An anxiety attack affects 2 to 3 percent of the US population. The main symptoms are heart palpitations, hyperventilation, nausea, dizziness and tingling. In most cases, cases of anxiety decrease in 10 to 30 minutes. However, a heart attack may start slightly and slowly get worse as time goes by. Symptoms of a heart attack include all the aforementioned symptoms of a panic attack, but there are more symptoms of cardiovascular disease. They are discomfort or pain in the neck, shoulders, arms and back. The main common symptom is, of course, chest pain, which causes all the confusion, but there are differences in the way the pain occurs. In a panic attack, acute pain is experienced located in the middle of the chest. Pain during a heart attack is more like a feeling of pressure and can radiate to the arm and shoulder.
Panic attacks are a singular event or an expression of an underlying anxiety disorder. Although heart attacks and panic attacks have clear differences, people with anxiety are at greater risk of developing heart disease in the future, as they may have low heart rate variability.
The variability of the heart rate determines the ability of the body to efficiently change the heart rates for a whole day. Studies have shown that people with anxiety disorders have low heart rate variability compared to people who do not have anxiety. Heart attack patients are getting younger. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images. [TagsToTranslate] heart attack
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