A panic attack can be an extremely frightening experience. So, what exactly is a panic attack?
A panic attack is a sudden onset of extreme fear — even though there is no actual danger or reasonable cause — that triggers intense physical reactions or symptoms. Some people feel as if they are losing control or dying from a heart attack.
In the past, panic attacks were dismissed as a ‘simple’ case of nerves or stress. But, now they are recognized by the medical profession as a bona fide medical condition.
The majority of people will have no more than one or two panic attacks in their entire lifetime. And, when the stressful situation or problem goes away, so do panic attack symptoms. If, however, your panic attacks continue, or you live in constant fear that another panic attack will occur, then you may have a condition called panic disorder.
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Panic Attack Diagnosis and Treatment
The expert medical team at New England Urgent Care can provide a variety of tests and exams to determine if, indeed, you have had a panic attack, have a panic disorder or perhaps some other condition that mimics panic attack symptoms, like heart or thyroid problems.
With effective treatment, which can include medication and/or psychotherapy, most people are able to resume everyday activities.
Panic Attack or Heart Attack?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, about every 25 seconds an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.
The most common type of heart disease is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack. A heart attack is when one of the heart vessels becomes completely blocked with a blood clot. It’s critical that everyone acquaint themselves with the symptoms of a heart attack since identifying the signs and acting on them can be the difference between life or death.
Heart attack symptoms for women are different from men. Dr. Michael Gutman says, “Up to 70% of women complain of flu like illness and do not report chest pain when they have their first heart attack.”
Heart Attack Warning Signs… What EVERY Woman Should Know
Too often, people mistake heart attacks as medical conditions that only threaten men. However, according to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women causing 1 in 3 deaths each year, with an average rate of one death per minute. Also, heart disease kills more women than all kinds of cancer combined. For these reasons, it is essential that women know the warning signs of a heart attack as they are often different from what men experience.
Heart Attack Facts
- According to the Centers for Disease Control, about every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one
- A heart attack is when one of the heart vessels becomes completely blocked with a blood clot
- The most common type of heart disease is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack
- It’s critical that everyone acquaint themselves with the symptoms of a heart attack as knowing the signs and acting on them can be the difference between life or death