FALSE ALARM 1. “I’m having a heart attack!”

Correcting common Misinterpretations

FALSE ALARM 1. “I’m having a heart attack!”
SYMPTOM – Rapid heart beats, fluttering, feeling of missed beats
ACTUAL REALITY – Panic attacks DON’T cause heart attacks!
  • Rapid or ‘fluttering’ heart beat and a feeling of ‘missed’ or ‘extra’ beats are the most common panic symptoms.
  • Panic releases ‘friendly’ adrenaline which causes the heart to beat faster to prepare your body for action.
  • Your heart is an incredibly strong muscle that can beat rapidly and continuously for a long period of time without causing any damage
  • People who have actual heart attacks have something wrong with their hearts in the first place
  • There is a big difference between what happens with your heart during panic and what happens during an actual heart attack.
  • During a real heart attack the most common symptom is continuous pain and a intense crushing feeling in the chest. With panic the main concern is the rapid heart beat.
  • Remember – this is the most common symptom of panic and it is a FACT that rapid heart beat with a panic attack has nothing to do with having a heart attack.


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