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heart attack during a panic attack?

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i know that increased heart rate is a symptom during a panic attack, and my panic attacks started out of the blue one day in the middle of smoking a joint...unfortunately. i started to panic...freak out....and my heart was POUNDING so hard that i literally started to hallucinate....i was seeing red and yellow over and over flashing...then i heard this almost like count down beep noise in my head (i swear all of this is true, i am not exaggerating the least bit) then it felt like my heart literally EXPLODED. it felt as if a paper ball (with the crinkle rough edges) was spinning inside my chest where my heart is....i automatically clenched my chest and started to make this "grunt" like noise....it did this for about 30 seconds...then stopped. the panic attack lasted for about 15 minutes then stopped...basically i am trying to find out if anyone could help me figure out if this was a heart attack...partial heart attack, or was it just a really bad panic attack. i know for a fact that it was just some regular marijuana...it was not laced with anything because everybody else was fine...and i tried to smoke a few times after that incident and i had panic attacks as well(not the whole heart explosion feeling though)have not tried to smoke since then...but now for some odd reason...ill be going to sleep...and right before i fall asleep ill get this jolt of panic that makes me jump up out of bed....but then it stops. and it will do that 2 or 3 times before i actually fall asleep. it does'nt do it every night but it does it about 3 times a week...i need to get put on some sort of anxiety meds but i do not like xanax. i've taken xanax to calm down before (as anxiety runs in my family) and i just do not like the feeling it gives me... what are some other good anxiety meds that some of you may recommend? i appreciate any and everybody who takes the time out of their busy day to read my post, and reply. thank you all so much. i look forward to hearing your suggestions. i don't know how long it will take for a reply beings this is my first post but thank you and have a blessed day.
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replied August 21st, 2012
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Hi mattmrromano and welcome to ehealth: The wisest information I can give you is to stop smoking pot and the like and see if this stops...If and when you do stop and this continues, then I would see a physician...Take care...

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replied August 22nd, 2012
thank you
i havnt smoked in 6 months....its almost been a year since that incident....thank you very much for taking the time to reply...much appreciated. i went ahead and emailed a physician yesterday to get some sort of anxiety meds...
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replied August 22nd, 2012
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Hi again: I, too, have had Panic Attacks...Three times I ended up in the ER thinking I was having a heart attack...The third time they did a complete stress test and showed me I was fine...It was then that I started to convince myself that nothing was wrong...That I was bringing this happening on by feeding on my own freight of it happening...This is what a Panic Attack is...I suggest you work with your own mind...Try and settle yourself down when it starts to happen...Tell yourself that you are fine and have been checked out...Believe in yourself and try not to make it worse...

Good luck...I hope all goes well...Take care...

Caroline
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replied January 2nd, 2013
I too have gone to the ER several times thinking I'm having a heart attack or a stroke but just like you they have done every test that we can think of just to show me everything is fine. I am still dealing with panick attacks and I try to talk to myself to convince myself that it's nothing. I just get worried when I feel the tingling and numbness. Any other suggestions on what I can do to beat this? I appreciate your opinion.
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replied August 22nd, 2012
thank you. much appreciated
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replied November 17th, 2012
After researching more about it, these are the medications I would highly recommend for you to try: 5-HTP, buspar, or compro.
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replied December 24th, 2012
Reading your experience honestly makes me feel less alone. It's rather unfortunate that this had to happen to us. I don't want to take Xanax either for the same reasons. Still suffering from it, I can honestly tell you that if you are looking for an alternative to relax and feel less stressed without medication to take a bath with some lavender oils and lavender candles. Anything lavender really. It's helped me so much.
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replied December 30th, 2012
Hi everyone, first time posting anywhere as it seems most forums I find are very sporadic and most have older not ongoing posts. I'm hoping maybe this one is more active, as reading about others experiences seems to help calm me, as does writing about my own I usually just use a notepad app of some sort. Tonight culminated in possibly the worst attack I've ever had. I'm a 33 year old male, would say its been the past two years I've had regular attacks, but looking back I think improbably had brief sporadic attacks as long as 15 years ago without having any idea what it was. The past 12 months or so though, I've been having regular attacks, some not so bad, others very bad, having ended up in the ER two or three tikes thinking it was a heart attack as many of you seem to have also experienced. Sometimes things "trigger" them, tangible things i would say, like if i get sick, anything from a cold/flu to one time having strep throat can bring it on....to other times it just comes out of nowhere and tonight was one of those nights. My typical symptoms are mild shortness of breath and mild chest tightness, but I get what I feel is excessive trembling, nauseua, chill/sweats and then worst is what I've read as being called derealization and fear. They bare typically my worst symptoms, and as you all know its very exhausting. Tonight though i experienced much worse than normal symptoms, very short of breath, numbness tingling in my face, worse chills and sweats....plus the usual stuff, but like as if someone turned the volume up to 10 on this one. It was so bad I succumbed to taking a 5mg Valium that in had few in the medicine closet a neighbor had given me months ago when he saw me have an attack at his house watching football. I've been to ER as I mentioned, they said I had mildly irregular rhythm but when I seen the specialist, he pretty much said that in the ER and physician can find an irregularity in pretty much any heartbeat, and when the symptoms are there and he's not thinking about an anxiety attack, they will always er to the side of caution. On another visit I was told my blood pressure was very high, 185 over 80 when I walked into triage bit came down substantially by the time I was ready for discharge, about 160 over 40 I believe. Nurse said that it being that high was bad, and it coming up and down like that, even if due to the panic attacks was dangerous...lol obviously leading to one more thing for think about when the panic creeps in. Apologies for rambling on here, but I needed to get it off my chest as its finally subsiding, and hopefully i can get some rest now. If this forum, or any other is active I hope to join and visit regularly. Thanks for reading even if your don't respond. Paul.
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replied March 8th, 2013
Re: heart attack during a panic attack?
Yes, pot isn't good for panic attacks. Of course, panic attacks can lead to heart attacks so it is best to get this under control fast. Anyhow, I just had to figure out what was causing mine. It turned out to be my son-in-law and how he treated the family (go figure)! Now that I know what causes it, everything is better (most everything),

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i know that increased heart rate is a symptom during a panic attack, and my panic attacks started out of the blue one day in the middle of smoking a joint...unfortunately. i started to panic...freak out....and my heart was POUNDING so hard that i literally started to hallucinate....i was seeing red and yellow over and over flashing...then i heard this almost like count down beep noise in my head (i swear all of this is true, i am not exaggerating the least bit) then it felt like my heart literally EXPLODED. it felt as if a paper ball (with the crinkle rough edges) was spinning inside my chest where my heart is....i automatically clenched my chest and started to make this "grunt" like noise....it did this for about 30 seconds...then stopped. the panic attack lasted for about 15 minutes then stopped...basically i am trying to find out if anyone could help me figure out if this was a heart attack...partial heart attack, or was it just a really bad panic attack. i know for a fact that it was just some regular marijuana...it was not laced with anything because everybody else was fine...and i tried to smoke a few times after that incident and i had panic attacks as well(not the whole heart explosion feeling though)have not tried to smoke since then...but now for some odd reason...ill be going to sleep...and right before i fall asleep ill get this jolt of panic that makes me jump up out of bed....but then it stops. and it will do that 2 or 3 times before i actually fall asleep. it does'nt do it every night but it does it about 3 times a week...i need to get put on some sort of anxiety meds but i do not like xanax. i've taken xanax to calm down before (as anxiety runs in my family) and i just do not like the feeling it gives me... what are some other good anxiety meds that some of you may recommend? i appreciate any and everybody who takes the time out of their busy day to read my post, and reply. thank you all so much. i look forward to hearing your suggestions. i don't know how long it will take for a reply beings this is my first post but thank you and have a blessed day.
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