Why do I feel like I am going to have a heart attack when I have a panic attack?
Last Updated: 11/24/2020 at 4:56am
Lisa Meighan, BSc Psychology (Honours)
Hello, I am Lisa and I work in a person-centred approach mixed with cognitive behavioural therapy. I believe we all have the potential to be the best we can be.
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The physical reaction your body has when you have a panic attack often is very strong in your chest. A symptom of panic is a racing heart. These feelings that sit in your chest along with your beating heart can become almost painful and mimic the feeling of a heart attack, or make you worried that you're about to have one.
Usually panic attacks cause you tell feel certain ways the best thing to do is calm yourself and go for a walk or do something to calm yourself down.
Because maybe it's not a panic attack, maybe is an anxiety attack, it comes with something called tachycardia and your brain could asume it as a heart attack, because you feel disturbed and desperate.
Panic attacks sometimes do not just effect a person mentally but physically as well. Your heart usually will start to race and your breathing will become rapid. These are very normal signs of panic attacks and should go away once the panic attack subsides.
Because the symptoms are almost identical. Panic attacks arise from a great fear of present or future events. Your body gets overloaded with adrenaline so you can do the "fight or flight" thing. However, your body over does it and you kind of just short circuit yourself.
That's the nature of a panic attack, it makes us think we are dying. Also our heart can beat very fast along with intense chest pains.
I have panic attacks and I understand they are very scary. When you have a panic attack, your natural instincts kick in and you want to hide and protect yourself like prey. It's very scary.
You feel like this because of anxiety. When you worry you breathe slower and less. So all of that missed breath is needed and your body decides to make you feel that way so you can get more breath since you are not getting as much as you need!
A panic attack is not just panic in your mind like people tend to think, but it has physical symptoms as well. Some of them include shortness of breath/hyperventilation, a high heart rate/racing heart, pain/discomfort on your chest. Those are all symptoms that can feel like a heart attack. As a matter of fact, a lot of those symptoms alone, so without someone having a panic attack, can be confused with or even symptoms of heart issues or a heart attack. As if that isn't enough, a panic attack could also include a feeling like you're getting detached from your surroundings or even a strong fear of dying. If you get one or multiple of the symptoms which looks like a heart attack during (from) your panic attack, it will therefore look even more like you're having one.
You feel this way because, when you are having a panic attack it can get so bad that your heart races and then it may feel like you are having a heart attack.
because when we experience there will be change in heart beat level, we observe that.so we feel that going to get a heart attack
Many people report feeling the same way during a panic attack. Our bodies are just overwhelmed by all of the activity in our brain and nervous system. Rapid heartbeat, chest pain, and trouble breathing are common symptoms of both panic attacks and heart attacks.
Adrenaline is released when our limbic system is activated. This is preparing your body to run or fight so more blood is pumped to the muscles resilulting in your heart working much harder. If you experience any unusal or painful always get it checked out.
Technically speaking it is due to the increase in adrenaline and the fight or flight response. Basically, your body believes you are in danger and is trying to give you the energy to fight or remove yourself from the danger. Your heart beats faster because of this. Sometimes our bodies just get it wrong though and we are stressed, but not in any physical danger, so there isn't a physical thing to fight or run away from and that can be really overwhelming. When you are having a panic attack do what makes you most comfortable. For me sometimes that means taking deep breaths or just sitting in a dark room with a blanket. Other times the adrenaline gets the best of me and I find it helps to go for a run. This is just what I do though. Do what you are comfortable with, and as always, if you need to talk to someone 7 cups is always available.
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