Heart Palpitations: Is It Afib Or A Panic Attack? – Everyday Health

If your heart starts racing, your mind might, too: Is this a panic attack? Is this a heart problem? Sometimes it’s hard to tell even for doctors. The irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation (afib), a physical disorder, shares some symptoms with a panic attack, an emotional problem, said John Day, MD, director of Heart Rhythm Services at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Pounding in your chest, difficulty breathing, chest pain or discomfort, and feeling dizzy or lightheaded are panic attack symptoms that overlap with afib symptoms. Sudden onset is another. Either could start at any time for any reason, Dr.
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My anxiety disorder is a “gift” from the person who raped me and tried to take my life, combined with a (separate) abusive relationship. It is thought that genetics can play a role if you have a close relative with generalised anxiety disorder , it is five times more likely that you, too, will experience anxiety at some point. Trauma, domestic violence, child abuse and bullying can trigger GAD, as can drug or alcohol misuse and long-term painful health conditions such as arthritis. Trying to get help isn’t easy. However, if my experiences sound familiar, do talk to your GP. If you don’t ask for help, you will be dealing with it on your own so you might as well create some light at the end of the tunnel.
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