A new study conducted by the University of Adelaide’s School of Medicine in Australia indicates that people who suffer from panic attack may be at a higher risk for heart attack. But the connection isn’t black and white; there is much gray area when it comes to the link between panic attack and heart attack, as they share many of the same symptoms.
“The link between panic disorders and heart disease remains controversial, partly due to overlapping symptoms such as chest pain, heart palpitations and shortness of breath,” explains Professor Gary Wittert of the University of Adelaide’s School of Medicine in Australia.
“Furthermore, we can’t rule out the possibility that in some people, the symptoms of a panic disorder represent a misdiagnosed heart condition,” he said, according to a report in Medical News Today.
Though the study did conclude that there is a link between panic attack and heart attack, the common thread has yet to be definitively determined, and more research on the subject is sure to follow.
Because so many of the symptoms of heart attack panic attack are similar, and can be misdiagnosed, it makes it all the more important for those who suffer from panic attack, to pay attention to their health, and be properly diagnosed with symptoms occur.
Common symptoms are sweating, dizziness, heart palpitations, breathing problems, chest pain, and even stomach pain and nausea.
Panic attack or disorder affects more than 6 million people globally, and those people are 36 percent more likely to have a heart attack, and are at a 47 percent higher risk of developing heart disease than people who do not suffer from panic disorder, according to Newsmax.
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