Your heart is racing and you feel an elephant sitting on your chest. Is it a heart attack or are you feeling anxiety?
Today you’re going to learn the difference in a heart attack and a panic attack. Stick around to the end because I’m going to share with you a FREE resource to not only STOP panic in its tracks but that will also help you to increase the health of your body to begin with.
8 Signs of a Panic Attack
The anxiety came on out of the blue, you were not exerting or doing anything in particular to trigger the symptoms.
The pain tends to be sharp and stabbing in the middle of the chest.
Sudden onset or onset during extreme stress or anxiety
Increased or racing heart rate
Shortness of breath
Tingling in the hands
Pain that gets better over time
Symptoms that resolve within 20 to 30 minutes
NOTE: Although a panic attack may feel very uncomfortable, it is not life-threatening. A panic attack will not cause a heart attack.
8 Signs of a Heart Attack
The quality of the pain tends to be more of a squeezing pain and pressure in the chest
Sudden onset during or following physical activity (i.e., climbing the stairs or shoveling snow)
Pain that radiates to the arm, jaw, or the shoulder blades
Pain and symptoms that get worse over time
Difficulty catching your breath/ Shortness of breath
Nausea and vomiting
Keep in mind that in women, heart attack symptoms may be milder, and may only include fatigue and mild chest discomfort and not pain. Some women also report stomach pain and no chest symptoms what-so-ever when having a heart attack.
As the symptoms of panic attacks and heart attacks can be quite similar, it is always best to seek immediate medical attention when in doubt. Never hesitate to call 911.
IN SUMMARY: There are 2 key distinctions between panic attacks and heart attacks:
One of the key distinctions between a heart attack and a panic attack is that a heart attack often develops duringphysical exertion, whereas a panic attack can occur at rest. So this means, a heart attack is more likely to develop when your physical demand increases, like shoveling snow, doing heavy lifting, or going upstairs.
Another difference is duration: Panic attacks tend to gradually subside and often resolve within 20 minutes. Symptoms of a heart attack will typically continue and may worsen over time.
So, what do you do?
When in doubt, always call 911. While your symptoms may be due to panic, it’s always better to play it safe and have a doctor examine you and make sure your heart is healthy and strong.
Be proactive in your health. Getting a physical exam and wellness labs every year with your primary care doctor can help you to identify and address risk factors for anxiety or heart disease.
Do work to keep your stress under control. This will keep your heart healthy, your autonomic nervous system balanced, and decrease the likelihood of panic attacks and anxiety episodes.
This is where I can help. Remember earlier I told you I had a great FREE resource?
If you’re anything like me, you want results yesterday and you’re anxiously anticipating solutions that you can start putting into play as soon as possible.
I remember being there.
My anxiety used to be so intense, that I felt an immediate urge to do something, do anything.
This article is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Whenever considering changing your protocol whether it includes a change of medications, supplements, diet or lifestyle, always speak with your primary care physician first. Dr. Nicole Cain consults with clients locally and internationally. Dr. Nicole Cain ND MA has helped countless people take back control of their lives, and she can help you. To set up a complimentary consultation, call our office or visit https://drnicolecain.com/getting-started to schedule online. Dr. Nicole Cain is an advocate for empowering people around the world to help themselves via her educational video e-courses, books, and exclusive free Facebook group. You can receive the tools you need to find the root cause of your symptoms and feel healthy again.