How do I know if I’m having a panic attack or a heart attack and what should I do?

The symptoms of a panic attack come on fast and usually reach a peak within 10 minutes. Some common symptoms of a panic attack are:  heart palpitations; sweating; trembling; chest pain; nausea; numbness or tingling sensation; fear of losing control and fear of dying. Since these symptoms mimic some of the symptoms of a heart attack and if you have not been diagnosed with Panic Disorder, you must go to the nearest emergency room to rule out anything physical. If you are having a panic attack, the best treatment will be an anti-anxiety medication for quick relief, along with psychotherapy so that you can learn about possible triggers of your panic attacks, what may be causing them, and develop tools you can use for long term relief.

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