Top 10 Differences Between Heart Attack vs. Panic Attack

29th Feb By James Smith

1 - Understanding the Emergency

Heart attacks are life-threatening medical emergencies. Panic attacks, while intensely

2 - Pain Location

Heart Attack: Center or left side of chest, may radiate to arms, neck, or jaw (pressure, tightness). Panic Attack: Sharp, stabbing chest pain localised in one area.

3 - Duration of Symptoms

Heart Attack: Persistent, may wax and wane in intensity, but doesn't fully resolve Panic Attack: Peaks in intensity within 10 minutes, subsides within an hour.

4 - Onset Triggers

Heart attack: Often due to physical exertion or stress. Panic attack: Can be situation-based or occur without a clear trigger.

5 - Other Physical Symptoms

THeart Attack: Sweating, nausea/vomiting, lightheadedness, shortness of breath. Panic Attack: Numbness/tingling, dizziness, chills or hot flashes, sense of unreality

6 - Women's Experiences

Women may experience atypical heart attack symptoms – fatigue, back/jaw pain, nausea. Don't minimise unusual symptoms.

7 - Risk Factors

Heart Attack: High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, age, family history Panic Attack: Anxiety disorders, stressful events, family history of panic attacks.

8 - What Should I Do?

If you have ANY doubt, CALL FOR EMERGENCY HELP IMMEDIATELY. Don't delay, quick action saves lives!

 9 - Stay Informed, Save Lives

Share this information - knowing the difference could save yourself or someone you love.