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Urgent Care Patients: What Are Panic Attacks?

First Med Urgent Care: About panic attacks

At some point in your life, you may have heard of someone who has had a panic attack or perhaps you know someone with recurring panic attacks. Many urgent care patients have, commonly, mistaken their panic attack symptoms for heart attack symptoms. So, what is a panic attack exactly?

According to many professionals (and this information which can be found on WebMD) panic attacks involve sudden feelings of terror that occurs either spontaneously or during a time of high stress. This can happen even during sleep and may be completely unrelated to what is going on around the patient. The most common panic attack symptoms are as follows:

1.) Heart “racing”
2.) Feelings of weakness, faintness or dizziness
3.) Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers
4.) Sense of terror, or impending doom or death
5.) Feeling sweaty or having chills
6.) Chest pains
7.) Difficulty with breathing
8.) Feeling a loss of control

Since the signs of a heart attack are somewhat similar, if you feel that you’re having a heart attack never hesitate to get to a doctor! Heart attacks are, of course, a much more serious issue. Luckily, if you’re having a panic attack, they are less severe. Panic attacks are generally brief, and said to last less than 10 minutes, although some of the symptoms may persist for a longer time. Did you know that people who have had one panic attack are at greater risk for having subsequent panic attacks than those who have never experienced a panic attack?

That’s where panic disorder comes into play. Panic disorder is diagnosed in people who experience regular panic attacks and are preoccupied with the fear of a recurring attack. If you feel that you are uncertain about whether you are someone with panic attacks or fear that you may have something else, an urgent care doctor may be able to help you get some peace of mind about your health with regular check-ups. The good news is that panic disorder is a treatable condition with the help of psychotherapy and/or medications. Talk to your health care professional for more information and treatment options.

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