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Is It a Heart Attack or a Panic Attack?

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Panic attacks and heart attacks share symptoms, but have different treatments.

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?

What are some symptoms that occur during a panic attack that DO NOT suggest someone is having a heart attack?
How do you recommend people handle panic attacks? Go to the emergency room? Urgent care? Rest at home?

When should people go immediately to the emergency room? What are these symptoms?