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How To Tell The Difference Between A Heart Attack And A Panic Attack

Strong pain in the chest, sudden sweating, uneven breathing – these can all be symptoms of a panic attack. They can also be symptoms of a heart attack . In the event that you or one of your family members experiences these symptoms, it’s important to be able to differentiate between the two.

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Here’s how to tell the difference between a heart attack and a panic attack:

A Heart Attack – Main Symptom Is Constricting Pain

  • Those who are experiencing a heart attack describe chest pain as constricting.
  • As a rule of thumb, the pain appears in the center of the chest. It can move downward along the left arm and along the back.
  • Pain from a heart attack can also spread to the neck, teeth and jaw area.
  • The intensity of heart attack pain can change.
  • Pain from a heart attack lasts for more than five minutes. It doesn’t typically affect a person’s breathing.
  • A person who is experiencing a h- attack may feel a prickly feeling, which is generally restricted to the left arm in most cases. This is often accompanied by a cold, sticky sweat, along with feelings of nausea and throwing up.
  • At the peak of a heart attack, a person may experience a fear which is concentrated on the constrictive pain in their chest. They become afraid they might die.
  • H- attack patients may experience quickened breathing when fear from the heart attack provokes a panic attack.
  • If you, a family member or a friend experience these symptoms for more than five minutes, call an ambulance. Get to the nearest hospital as soon as possible.

A Panic Attack – Main Symptom Is A Prickly Feeling

Many people are under the misconception that only something horrific or tragic can bring about a panic attack. The truth is,a panic attack can happen in the most ordinary of circumstances.

  • The symptoms of a panic attack usually reach their peak after about ten minutes.
  • The pain from a panic attack is concentrated in the chest. It rises then falls.
  • During a panic attack, a person can experience a prickly feeling and numbness. These feels are not restricted to the left arm. They can appear in the right arm, legs and fingers.
  • During a panic attack, people often experience irrational fears. They might feel like they are suffocating or going insane.
If you aren’t sure what you’re dealing with, see a doctor immediately to be safe. Waiting is never the best solution.

Watch the video below for more information on how to identify a heart attack:

Source: David Wolf

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