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Is Stress Causing My Anxiety Attacks?

By    |   Monday, 20 Oct 2014 10:36 AM

Question: I am 35 years old and started having anxiety attacks when my dad passed away several years ago. Lately, I've also started feeling dizzy and getting chest pain and nausea when I have an attack. My therapist thinks it might have something to do with my heart and is not mental. What do you think?
 
Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Anxiety may come from stress, but can also be associated with coronary artery disease in men and women. Your therapist may be correct. You should seek a cardiac evaluation just to be sure.
 
Although you may feel young, I have treated heart attacks patients as young as 17 years of age with similar symptoms as yours. So it would be better to be safe than sorry here. Do not wait to see if a coronary event will strike you.
 
When anyone experiences chest pain, fatigue, recurrent anxiety, apprehension, shortness of breath, abnormal heart beats, dizziness, weakness, or nausea, it is always best to be sure no heart cause is present. If you have an attack of chest pain before you have seen your doctor, go immediately to the nearest emergency department by EMS. Do NOT drive yourself!

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Anxiety may come from stress, but can also be associated with coronary artery disease in men and women.
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