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CareXpress Urgent Care Discusses Panic Attack Versus Heart Attack

Urgent Care Reveals Different Signs To Watch For

That heart racing, painful feeling in your chest could easily be misconstrued as a heart attack or a panic attack, especially if you’re someone who has never experienced either one or you don’t know the signs of either. The fear of having a heart attack or a panic attack can even further complicate matters, so our urgent care doctors would agree that it’s important for patients to be able to distinguish between the two.

While the two heart-related conditions can seem very similar, there are a few key factors to pay attention to when determining the differences. Here is a list of symptoms for both heart attacks and panic attacks which was compiled by our urgent care staff to help you better understand what might happen during each of these experiences.

Heart Attack Symptoms: 

  • Escalating chest pain that reaches maximum severity after a few minutes.
  • Continuos pain, pressure, fullness or aching in the chest area.
  • A traveling or radiating pain or discomfort from the chest to other areas, such as one or both arms, abdomen, back, shoulders, neck, throat or jaw.
  • Pain brought on by exertion.
  • Shortness of breath.

Panic Attack Symptoms: 

  • Increased heart rate.
  • Sharp or stabbing chest pain that lasts only 5 to 10 seconds.
  • Pain that is localized to one small area.
  • Pain that usually occurs at rest.
  • Pain that accompanies anxiety.
  • Pain that is relieved or worsened when you change positions.
  • Pain that can be reproduced or worsened by pressing over the area of pain.

The best thing you can do is learn the signs, trust your body, and above all else seek medical help if you ever suspect that you are having a heart attack. never underplay your symptoms or trick yourself into thinking it will “just go away”.

As an important note, our urgent care doctors would like to explain that although we care a great deal about our patients, our clinics may not have the capability of caring for the type of emergency constituted by a heart attack. Should you experience symptoms of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 to get an immediate evaluation.

Should you find yourself experiencing minor health problems, injuries, or illnesses our urgent care clinics are staffed with medical professionals to serve you! Please click here to view our urgent care locations and hours of operation.