Ever found yourself sitting in a car, cruising through the jammed traffic, with honking all around when you need to reach to that important meeting on time, and suddenly Anxiety washes over you. You’re cold and hot at the same time. Sweat trickling down the back of your neck and hands shivering with lots of curses coming out of your mind and mouth. This is a Panic Attack!! What if you start wondering if the things happening to you are more than just a panic attack. Perhaps a Heart Attack?
The links between the heart and the mind are harder to measure than those between the heart and the waistline. But a growing body of evidence suggests that psychological factors are — literally — heartfelt, and can contribute to cardiac risk.
Stressors that Harm Heart
Some particular events, like the death of a spouse or getting fired from a job, are extremely stressful. Yet research indicates that less dramatic but more constant types of stress may also harm your heart. Workplace stress, Financial stress, marital or relationship stress and sudden disaster-related stress, all contribute to the slow weakening of the Heart and development of Cardiac problems.
What is a Panic Attack?
It is noteworthy, that severe anxiety- which may manifest as a panic attack — can mimic a heart attack. One analysis of studies involving people admitted to emergency rooms for chest pain found that 22% of those who underwent cardiovascular testing had panic disorder rather than heart disease. Another extremely common symptom related to anxiety, particularly in women, are palpitations — the sensation that your heart is racing or beating too fast. When a panic attack happens you are most likely to have symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea, irregular heartbeat, dry mouth, sweating, dizziness etc.
Panic Attack or a Heart Attack?
Both a panic attack and a heart attack can cause shortness of breath, sweating, or dizziness. Below are some of the factors that help to differentiate a panic attack from a heart attack.
In a panic attack one is more likely to feel a sudden onset of fear and terror in conjunction with heart palpitations and chest pain. Pain and discomfort tend to occur in the center of the chest, but the chest pain or any other pain subsides in just a few minutes.
In the case of Heart Attack, there is a gradual onset of pain, pressure or tightness in the upper part of the chest. Pain may also occur in the center of the chest but may radiate in upper parts of the body like jaw, arms, and shoulders. Such symptoms last for more than 15 minutes without subsiding on the intensity and may also continue for hours.
How Can Sanket Help?
Sanket is a breakthrough innovation which helps you keep a tab on your stress levels on a daily basis by measuring your heart rate and heart rate variability. With Sanket device and Sanket App, you can measure your resting heart rate and with that, every change in HR and HRV gives you an indication of possible stress, stress causing situations (Stressors) and possibly severe anxiety or a Panic Attack. Not just this, since Sanket measures your complete ECG, it gives you a clear indication if a Heart attack is happening or is it just a panic attack.
Stress can be easily managed, once you know the stressors and can measure stress. Don’t let stress kill your Heart which is made to love!!