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Panic attack or Heart attack? In my case it could easily be either

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  • Posted By: gfolkins
  • May 20, 2010
  • 05:33 AM

I have been diagnosed with having panic attacks before by doctors at the emergency room at the hospital on more than one occasion.

Also, I am a 33 year old male who is overweight with a BMI of 47.15, so I do fear for my heart. (I have been working for the last 2 months on lowering that).

The pain I experience in my chest I would not describe as crushing, although it does last for longer than 10 minutes, I have a weird sensation in my right arm (as opposed to my left as happens in heart attack patients), I do get extremely anxious, nauseous withouit vomiting, and I feel like I am about to break out into a sweat at any moment.

Usually I feel if I survive a couple hours than it is a panic attack. I've been getting them more and more regularly.

I do worry more about my weight since I am getting older. This panic sets in most nights, and usually I don't want to go to bed because of it. I should be there right now, as it's 2:30am, but instead I am typing this to get my mind off my physical symptoms (which isn't really working). These symptoms almost always come on while I am trying to go to sleep.

I spend most of my days feeling like I am just waiting for "tonight's the night the chest pain is real" and need to really go to the hospital.

So based on the symptoms I've described, how do I know when it is "the night" and I do need to go to the hospital? I'm pretty certain what I am feeling now is a panic attack and not a heart attack, but how will I know for sure?

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