Heart Attack, Panic Attack, or Something Else

If you are experiencing unusual chest pains accompanies by nausea and abdominal pain, it is easy to suspect a heart attack right away but is it really the only potential threat with such symptoms? A lot of people experience similar symptoms and they most of the time conclude that the dreaded condition has befallen them. They end up in the emergency room looking and sounding very worried because they think that they may pass in the next minute. They become from patient and feel like the doctors and physicians just want them to die already. When their time to be examined comes though, they discover they were suffering from a minor indigestion and the heart attack fears were all baseless. These false alarms and assumptions are very common in emergency rooms across America.

Anyone can be forgiven for rushing to the emergency room to report anything that he/she suspects to be a heart attack. I mean after looking at all the statistics and number of people who die from heart related conditions, there is no shame in trying to seek medical attention on time. The problem with heart attacks and other heart complications though, is that they share similar symptoms with a plethora of other medical conditions. This means that ascertaining when the real DEAL strikes, can be very difficult.

Considering that heart attacks are the number one causes of deaths in the world, it is more than wise to seek a doctor’s advice any time you experience symptoms which tend to point towards a heart attack. Whether or not it actually was a heart attack should not bother you much because whatever the condition you are suffering from, you still need to get medication and proper check-up. Today, we want to examine some of the conditions which can mimic a heart attack and try to differentiate the same from those of a heart attack. So, what can mimic a heart attack?

Conditions that mimic a heart attack

There are very many conditions which share symptoms with heart attacks. These conditions include;

Lung disorders
Hormone changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause
Thyroid disorders
Muscle, bone, and joint disorders of the chest wall
Anxiety disorders/panic attacks
Digestive system issues such as acid reflux or heartburn
Oesophageal disorders
Adrenaline-releasing drugs or medications

All these conditions have symptoms which are similar to those of a heart attack. These symptoms include;

chest tightness,
weakness
nausea
cold sweat
shortness of breath
pain in the abdomen
Profuse sweating
Pain in the thorax area
Increased heartbeat

Looking at these symptoms, one can’t help but notice close similarity with the symptoms of a heart attack. So how does one differentiate these conditions from a heart attack?

Differentiating a heart attack from other conditions

Heart attacks don’t have preferred candidates. They however are more prevalent among people leading a not so healthy lifestyle. Statistics show that more than 70% of all people who experience heart attacks are either overweight or generally don’t have good healthy. This means that if you lead a healthy lifestyle and have a BMI which is normal, the chances of a heart attack hitting you are minimal.

Equally, if there is no history of heart attacks in your family and you lead a good healthy lifestyle, you should not be quick to jump into conclusion about heart attacks. Of the remaining 30% of people who are affected by heart related problems annually, more than 20% have a history of heart conditions in their family lines. This means that if there is no history of heart attack in your family and lead a good healthy lifestyle, there is a more than 90% chance that the symptoms you are experiencing are not related to a heart attack.

Smokers and heavy alcohol drinkers are at a very big risk when it comes to heart attacks. This means that if you don’t smoke and don’t drink, you reduce your chances of a heart attack significantly.

When you start experiencing symptoms named above, it is wise to think about what you ate last. Could be the last meal you ate is causing stomach upsets. Could be the pains and symptoms are as a result of the medication you recently took. These are some of the things that should help you differentiate the heart attacks from all the other symptoms.

Having said this though, it is important to stress that the only sure way of finding out whether or not the symptoms were of a heart attack or not, is to go to the emergency room and be examined. This is the only way that you can rule out all the possibilities and find out the exact cause of your troubles. It is therefore important to visit the emergency room and find out what exactly is bothering you. Understanding the symptoms will only help you to reduce worry and anxiety about a potential heart attack.