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is there any connection between heart conditions and panic attacks?

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Although panic attacks can cause many heart related symptoms there generally is not a causal relationship. It is the way you process your thoughts that lead to a panic cycle and cause panic attacks and the physical symptoms follow. There have been some studies that say that a heart defect known as mitral valve syndrome can make you more susceptible to panic attacks but I have that and my panic attacks were cured after I learned how to counter my thoughts in a tea form in my cbt group.
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I was told that there is no connection and that it is your thoughts in reaction to physical symptoms often of the heart that cause panic attacks.
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That is along the lines of what I have heard as well.
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I thought this too. I had panic attacks for years and had learned to cope with them.
If ever you can cope with them. One night last year, I had what I thought was a panic attack.
I tried to do the things I normally do to lower the level of anxiety. I had a friend with me who
had never encountered anyone having a panic attack and he called 911. The ambulance arrived
and rushed me to the hospital. I was told I had had a severe heart attack and would have
died if I didn't get to the hospital when I did. The heart attack felt just like the many panic attacks
i had. I spent the next 7 days in intensive care.
Simply because you think you're having a panic attack and it will pass is not always the case.
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