Chest pains are symptomatic of anxiety attacks. Chest pains can feel very similar to a heart attack. If an individual is experiencing chest pain anxiety, they should attempt to learn as much as possible about this symptom of anxiety in order to be able to combat the problem. Medical advice should be sought so that they can rest assured that they are not having a heart attack, but that their symptom is due to anxiety.
The emergency room accommodates people who are having an anxiety attack with complaints of chest pains. This stressful situation can be avoided if the person learns to break the anxiety cycle that triggers the chest pains.
Along with chest pains comes chest pain anxiety, which is the anxiety derived from the chest pain itself. While the source of chest pain anxiety is unique (chest pains), the anxiety can be prevented or dismissed similarly to any other type of anxiety.
There are other things that can cause chest pain such as a bruised or fractured rib, a strained or compressed nerve, or problems with the pancreas and gall bladder. The symptoms that result from these issues can imitate the cause of chest pains. However, these conditions have differing symptoms.
If chest pain anxiety is caused by too much worry and fear, it does produce shortness of breath and pain in the chest as well as the stomach. A person who has been educated in anxiety and panic attacks will be able to differentiate if it is a heart attack or normal chest pain due to anxiety. However, although with uncomfortable experience gained someone may be able to tell the difference, one should always seek medical treatment to determine if chest pains are simply anxiety related or owing to an underlying physical issue.
When you are experiencing chest pains due to anxiety, this pain is sharp and your breathing becomes short. The symptoms will not typically last very long, and will be followed and often preceded by chest pain anxiety.
Pain due to a heart attack usually last for more than just ten minutes and breathing is not interrupted, but normal. The chest may feel as if it is has some type of pressure on it and has a crushing feeling. It even takes the breath away and you feel like you are unable to speak. Often during a genuine heart attack, the left arm will go numb.
The speed of your heart rate is heightened when you experience a chest pain anxiety. This is why it feels as if you are having a heart attack. The fear envelopes you and your body is preparing for flight. The heart gets an adrenaline rush and you feel like you are hyperventilating.
There are other symptoms to anxiety attacks, but chest pains are one of the most threatening for some people. Other symptoms include nausea, hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, lightheadedness, stomach pain, indigestion, shortness of breath and dizziness.
To prevent these chest pain anxiety symptoms, the cycle of anxiety must be broken. Anxiety builds up to the point of causing symptoms (such as chest pains), the symptoms cause further worry (chest pain anxiety). Thoughts of future discomfort increase feelings of anxiety, which in turn exacerbate the physical anxiety symptoms.
This cycle can be broken out of. Once the cycle is broken, the reduced physical issues cause more relaxation and reduced anxiety. Relief from anxiety creates relief from all chest pain symptoms.