Useful Methods To Distinguish Between A Heart And A Panic Attack

Josephine Thompson


Nobody likes to be attacked, and attacks can lead to panic or heart attacks. And those two bastards have symptoms that are sometimes easy to mix up: a strong pain in the chest, sweating, a prickly feeling, uneven breathing, and nausea. You can also panic over a heart attack, which is just icing on the cake.

However, you are not powerless to tell them apart. Here is a small guide into telling the difference between the two. We're hoping you will never need it.

Heart attack


  • The pain starts in the center of the chest and may move downward along the left arm and along the back.
  • The pain can also spread to the neck, teeth, and jaw area.
  • The pain can change in intensity.
  • The pain lasts for more than five minutes without affecting a person’s breathing.

In most cases, the prickly feeling is generally restricted to the left arm. A cold, sticky sweat, feelings of nausea, and even throwing up can accompany it.

People experience fear that is concentrated on the pain in their chest – they become afraid they might die. They also often experience quickened breathing, unless the heart attack provokes a panic attack. If you have these symptoms for more than 5 minutes, call an ambulance or ask someone to take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible.

Panic attack


  • A panic attack can occur in the most ordinary of circumstances.
  • The symptoms peak at about 10 minutes.
  • The pain is concentrated in the region of the chest, and it feels like it rises then falls.
  • The prickly feeling and numbness can also appear in the right arm, legs, and fingers as well as the left ones.
  • People experience irrational fears, such fear of suffocation or going insane.


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