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Unstable angina or panic attack??

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 21, 2007
  • 02:28 AM

I went to the clinic for a follow-up appt for chest pain. My BP was 202/110 and I barely made the stairs to the second floor. I was wisked away by ambulance to the ER where I was admitted to ICU with unstable angina. I went through all the usual heart tests; x-ray, stress, CT scan and blood was taken every two hours to measure enzimes. I was put on an IV with gliceryn, hepron, saline. My BP was monitored every hour. They found NOTHING! I was told there is no blockage and that I could go home. Sure this is good news, but what now??? Some people are telling me that I had a panic attack. I didn't know you can wake from a dead sleep with chest pain. Also, wouldn't you think the doc could tell the difference?? Of course, this was not my regular doc as mine was on vacation.

Now I am doubting the diagnosis. Can a panic attack be wrongly diagnosed as angina??? All replies are welcome.. I'm confused and wanted more info before I go there tomorrow... Thanks

G

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  • I went to the clinic for a follow-up appt for chest pain. My BP was 202/110 and I barely made the stairs to the second floor. I was wisked away by ambulance to the ER where I was admitted to ICU with unstable angina. I went through all the usual heart tests; x-ray, stress, CT scan and blood was taken every two hours to measure enzimes. I was put on an IV with gliceryn, hepron, saline. My BP was monitored every hour. They found NOTHING! I was told there is no blockage and that I could go home. Sure this is good news, but what now??? Some people are telling me that I had a panic attack. I didn't know you can wake from a dead sleep with chest pain. Also, wouldn't you think the doc could tell the difference?? Of course, this was not my regular doc as mine was on vacation. Now I am doubting the diagnosis. Can a panic attack be wrongly diagnosed as angina??? All replies are welcome.. I'm confused and wanted more info before I go there tomorrow... ThanksGUpdate: I went to the doc today and they asked me to have a second opinion on the first test results. WOW!! They are even questioning their own doctors!! Think I should go someplace else??
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 22, 2007
    • 00:29 AM
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  • I have the same thing! In 2010 i would be woke out of a deep sleep by bad pain in my chest on the right side. It was so painful i was on the ground just trying to manage through the pain. I don't recall how long the episodes happened. I was in so much pain and it was the last thing on my mind. But i am guessing over 5 minutes. I have had not had these episodes of be woke in the night since 2010,thank God. But on certain days i get dull pain on the right and left sides of my chest. None of the episodes happen when i am active. I exercise and do cardio and never have had breathing issues or anything like regular angina. I don't feel like i am sick or anything. This still mystifies me. I am glad i read that someone else is having this issue too to relate to. I don't plan on going to the doctor unless things get bad again. I hope i don't drop dead in my sleep from a heart attack!I am only 43.
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