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Heart Attack vs. Panic Attack: How to Tell the Difference

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Ashkan Forouzani

Jessica Weiller

What Causes a Panic Attack?

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Occlusion of the anterior descending coronary arteryiStock

What Causes a Heart Attack?

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Joel Naren

Physical Symptoms During a Panic Attack

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Nguyen Kiet

Physical Symptoms During a Heart Attack

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Adrian Swancar

Emotions During a Panic Attack

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Sasha Freemind

Emotions During a Heart Attack

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Marcelo Leal

Panic Attacks Feel Long but Are Actually Short-Lived

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Ussama Azam

Heart Attacks Go on (and Keep Getting Worse)

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Jack Finnigan

Panic Attacks Can Vary Between Men and Women

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Both Are Medical Emergencies

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ER Tests Determine If It's a Heart Attack or Panic Attack

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A Panic Attack May Require Treatment, Too

Matt McMillen

Matt McMillen

Matt McMillen has been a freelance health reporter since 2002. In that time he’s written about everything from acupuncture to the Zika virus. He covers breaking medical news and the latest medical studies, profiles celebrities, and crafts easy to digest overviews of medical conditions. His work has appeared, both online and in print, in The Washington Post, WebMD Magazine, Diabetes Forecast, AARP, and elsewhere.