NOV 10, 2018 9:00 AM PST

Heart Attack Or Panic Attack? Knowing When To Seek Help

WRITTEN BY: Abbie Arce

Chest pain, shortness of breath, and feelings of impending doom are all symptoms representative of both heart attacks and panic attacks. For this reason, it can be difficult for those with panic disorders to know when it’s appropriate to seek medical help. Those suffering from anxiety should try some relaxation techniques first but should not delay seeking medical help if symptoms worsen or persist. Also, continue experiencing chest pain should always seek medical attention in case they are in fact experiencing a cardiac incident.

 

Once admit to the ER, there are several tests can be performed to rule out a heart attack. These texts typically include a D dimer, electrocardiogram (EKG) and potentially a stress test.

The above video describes some of the symptoms to look out for as they are unlikely to occur in the event of a panic attack but are common to heart attacks and therefore should not be ignored.

 

Sources: Medical City ER

About the Author
  • Abbie is an AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with an interest in all things health-science. She has recently graduated with her BS in Applied Sport and Exercise Science from Barry University in Miami. Next, she intends to earn an MPH with a focus in Epidemiology.
You May Also Like
NOV 08, 2020
Cell & Molecular Biology
Mouth Spray for Epidermolysis Bullosa in Development
NOV 08, 2020
Mouth Spray for Epidermolysis Bullosa in Development
Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a rare genetic disorder that makes the skin incredibly fragile; it forms blisters and can ...
NOV 09, 2020
Microbiology
Fighting COVID-19 with Help From Llamas
NOV 09, 2020
Fighting COVID-19 with Help From Llamas
Camelids, which include llamas, alpacas and camels have immune systems that generate two kinds of antibodies when confro ...
NOV 23, 2020
Genetics & Genomics
Unusual Mutation Acts as a Kind of Gene Therapy
NOV 23, 2020
Unusual Mutation Acts as a Kind of Gene Therapy
Clinicians have identified a patient with a rare inherited disorder that disrupts the production of fresh blood cells, a ...
DEC 01, 2020
Clinical & Molecular DX
Breathing New Life Into COVID Diagnostics
DEC 01, 2020
Breathing New Life Into COVID Diagnostics
Widespread diagnostic testing capacities are an absolutely critical tool for countries battling the pandemic. For now, m ...
DEC 02, 2020
Cancer
Investigating the Active Components of an Herbal Mushroom
DEC 02, 2020
Investigating the Active Components of an Herbal Mushroom
When people think of traditional medicine, often what comes to mind are the old herbal medical practices in Asian countr ...
DEC 01, 2020
Microbiology
Low Vitamin D Levels are Linked to a Lack of Gut Microbiome Diversity
DEC 01, 2020
Low Vitamin D Levels are Linked to a Lack of Gut Microbiome Diversity
The link between the microbes we carry in our gastrointestinal tract and our health has become clear, and now researcher ...
Loading Comments...