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.
- 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.
A PRICKLY FEELING
- 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.