Can Panic Attacks Kill You?

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Can Panic Attacks Kill You?

Panic attacks can be pretty intense. In many cases, they’re mistaken for heart attacks. For instance, a person can experience heart palpitations, difficulty breathing, and tightness in the chest. It’s not hard to understand why someone could be concerned their life is in danger. 

Can A Person Die Because Of A Panic Attack? 

A panic attack on its own isn’t life-threatening but coupled with certain scenarios, it can prove fatal. Even on its own, one cannot undermine the toll it can take on an individual’s physical and mental stability. While having a panic attack, a person is more than likely to hyperventilate, which can put their body under extreme stress. 

This could make working with heavy machinery or in high-danger areas a liability. The stress repeatedly placed on your body due to recurrent panic attacks can increase the risk of high blood pressure and impact cognitive functioning. For instance, an industry worker who operates heavy machinery might harm themselves or others if he has a sudden panic attack.

While exceedingly rare, having a panic attack while performing day-to-day, ordinary tasks can sometimes prove fatal. Driving on the road is one of those tasks. Having a panic attack while driving can divert your attention. Losing control over your vehicle can land you or others in danger. Struggling with panic attacks if you already have a cardiovascular disorder can also prove fatal in some cases. Depending upon the intensity of your panic attacks, the stress of an attack may not be healthy for your heart. 

Lastly, extreme hyperventilation or shortness of breath may make a person faint, consequently raising the risk of an injury that may be fatal. 

How To Find Out If I Am Having A Panic Attack?

A panic attack can last around 10-30 minutes, but its impact can last much longer. Here are some prominent giveaways or symptoms that indicate you or someone you know might be having a panic attack. Remember, there are still possible other health conditions at work if you show a few of the following signs. Thus, if you’re doubtful, getting a proper diagnosis should be your next best option. Someone who’s experiencing a panic attack may:

  • Sweat profusely or experience cold flashes
  • Faint or feel dizzy
  • Feel nauseous 
  • Feel paranoid or extra cautious of his surroundings 
  • Experience a loss of control over their body or movements
  • Struggle with chest pain or headache 
  • Complaint about rapid heartbeat
  • Feel out of breath or have breathing issues
  • Start shaking or trembling all of a sudden
  • Experience numbness
  • Believe that they are in grave danger

How Do I Cope With A Panic Attack?

Sometimes nothing can be done except ride out that wave of panic. Thus, you’ll have to find a way to cope with an unexpected attack no matter where you are. Breathing exercises can help tremendously. Practicing breath control can help you calm your body down, relieve you from shortness of breath and also bring your heart rate to normal. Reset+ offers a wide range of coping methodologies and natural treatment options that can provide relief to those in need. 

Additionally, you can try to regain full control over yourself by naming the things, shapes, colors, or people in your surroundings. 

Final Words

Panic or mild hyperventilation can be a normal response to certain situations. Yet when it returns far more intense and consistently, it could indicate the onset of a disorder. Note any symptoms you’re exhibiting and get in touch with our providers to find out what treatments might be best for you! 

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