Is It a Heart Attack or a Panic Attack?
Oct 31, 2018 Cedars-Sinai Staff
You suddenly feel chest pain, shortness of breath, and a tingling sensation running through your body.
Is it a heart attack? Or a panic attack?
The two can feel very similar.
What are some of the symptoms of a panic attack that also occur during a heart attack?
Dr. Torbati: Unfortunately, there is great crossover between the symptoms of panic attack and heart attack, making it very challenging to discern between the two without a physician assessment and testing, such as an EKG.
Common symptoms that may affect patients with either a panic or heart attack include chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating, passing out, tingling, or a sensation of impending doom.
These shared symptoms of heart and panic attack may also be caused by other serious conditions such as blood clots, lung infection or collapse, or tear in the large vessels of the chest for patients with certain pre-existing risk factors. So when in doubt, seek immediate medical attention.