An artistic rendition of someone experiencing a panic attack, being reassured by another person.
Potential location of pain from a heart attack
Artist's subjective impression of what a panic attack feels like
A blockage of coronary arteries can lead to a heart attack
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a common cause of chest pain in adults

Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear and discomfort that may include palpitations, sweating, chest pain or chest discomfort, shortness of breath, trembling, dizziness, numbness, confusion, or a feeling of impending doom or of losing control.

- Panic attack

Psychogenic causes of chest pain can include panic attacks; however, this is a diagnosis of exclusion.

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An artistic rendition of someone experiencing a panic attack, being reassured by another person.

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A job applicant exhibiting a facial configuration that in certain cultures is an expression of worry.

Anxiety

Emotion which is characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil and it includes subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events.

Emotion which is characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil and it includes subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events.

A job applicant exhibiting a facial configuration that in certain cultures is an expression of worry.
Painting entitled Anxiety, 1894, by Edvard Munch
A marble bust of the Roman Emperor Decius from the Capitoline Museum. This portrait "conveys an impression of anxiety and weariness, as of a man shouldering heavy [state] responsibilities".

Anxiety can be experienced with long, drawn-out daily symptoms that reduce quality of life, known as chronic (or generalized) anxiety, or it can be experienced in short spurts with sporadic, stressful panic attacks, known as acute anxiety.

Cardiac, as palpitations, tachycardia, or chest pain.

Shortness of breath

Uncomfortable feeling of not being able to breathe well enough.

Uncomfortable feeling of not being able to breathe well enough.

Acute coronary syndrome frequently presents with retrosternal chest discomfort and difficulty catching the breath.

Other important or common causes of shortness of breath include cardiac tamponade, anaphylaxis, interstitial lung disease, panic attacks, and pulmonary hypertension.

Potential location of pain from a heart attack

Hyperventilation syndrome

Respiratory disorder, psychologically or physiologically based, involving breathing too deeply or too rapidly (hyperventilation).

Respiratory disorder, psychologically or physiologically based, involving breathing too deeply or too rapidly (hyperventilation).

Potential location of pain from a heart attack

HVS may present with chest pain and a tingling sensation in the fingertips and around the mouth (paresthesia) and may accompany a panic attack.