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Your Anxiety Attack With Chest Pain or Discomfort May Also be Known as:
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Top 10 Anxiety Attack With Chest Pain or Discomfort Causes

  1. 1.Mitral Valve Prolapse

    Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) occurs when the valve between the heart's left upper chamber (left atrium) and the left lower chamber (left ventricle) doesn't close properly because the flaps of the valve are "floppy." Most people who have the condition are born with it.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis. Afterwards, a referral to a specialist may be needed to explore treatment options.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, rib pain, shortness of breath, racing heart beat
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Panic Disorder

    Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It causes panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of terror without true danger. One may feel as if they are losing control or have physical symptoms like sweating or a racing heart.

    You should go see your primary care doctor, who can diagnose you by interview. Most people get better with treatment. Therapy can show you how to recognize and change your thinking patterns before they lead to panic. Medication may be beneficial.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, anxiety, abdominal pain (stomach ache), stomach bloating, depressed mood
    Symptoms that always occur with panic disorder:
    anxiety, impaired social or occupational functioning
    Symptoms that never occur with panic disorder:
    agoraphobia
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Coronary Artery Disease

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease. CAD happens when the arteries that supply blood to heart muscle become hardened and narrowed. This is due to the buildup of cholesterol and other material, called plaque, on their inner walls.

    You contact your primary care physician today who will coordinate your care with a heart specialist (cardiologist). Treatment for CAD can involve lifestyle changes (eating healthy foods, regular exercise, weight loss, and stress reduction), medications (aspirin, beta blockers, cholesterol medications, and others), as well as surgical procedures (such as a bypass) in more serious cases.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness
    Symptoms that always occur with coronary artery disease:
    chest pain
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  4. 4.Acute Stress Disorder

    Acute stress disorder describes changes in one's mood or memory for less than a month following an emotional or traumatic event.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who can do a thorough assessment and refer you to a psychiatrist if necessary. Treatment is mostly through counseling.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, irritability, anxiety, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating
    Symptoms that always occur with acute stress disorder:
    impaired social or occupational functioning
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Other Specified Anxiety Disorder

    Other specified anxiety disorder is an anxiety disorder that does not fit into a more defined disorder like generalized anxiety disorder or social anxiety disorder.

    You should speak with your physician about your symptoms. It is likely a referral to a mental health professional will be made. Behavioral modifications and medication can be greatly beneficial.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    anxiety, anxiety attack
    Symptoms that always occur with other specified anxiety disorder:
    anxiety
    Symptoms that never occur with other specified anxiety disorder:
    anxiety when doing something in front of a group, anxiety from a specific situation
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Condition Causing Abnormal, High - Pitched Breathing

    High-pitched inhaling is called stridor, and requires urgent referral to the ER to see why it's happening

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    high-pitched breathing, severe pelvis pain, arm weakness, chest pain, loss of vision
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  7. 7.Low Blood Sodium

    Hyponatremia is a deficiency in sodium. Sodium is one of the most important nutrients in the body, needed for nerves to conduct signals, muscles to contract, and blood pressure to be maintained at safe levels, etc. A deficiency in sodium can cause severe, widespread symptoms.

    You need to seek care immediately. A walk-in clinic will likely be able to help bring your sodium levels back up to normal levels safely.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, headache, abdominal pain (stomach ache), loss of appetite
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  8. 8.Hyperventiliation Syndrome

    In hyperventilation syndrome, one can experience shortness of breath and often a person breaths fast and heavily. There is usually no physical problem causing these symptoms, and symptoms are often caused by anxiety, stress or emotions. Next to shortness of breath, one can experience symptoms of chest pain, palpitations or tingling in hands, feet and face. These symptoms occur commonly as attacks.

    You should go see your primary care doctor, who can diagnose you by interview and physical exam during an attack of hyperventilation. Most people get better with treatment. Treatment of an acute attack often includes reassuring and breathing instructions and sometimes taking a tranquilizer. Treatment to avoid recurrent episodes may include behavioural therapy, physiotherapy with breathing exercises and medication.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    anxiety, dizziness, shortness of breath, racing heart beat, chest pain
    Symptoms that always occur with hyperventiliation syndrome:
    rapid, deep breaths
    Symptoms that never occur with hyperventiliation syndrome:
    shortness of breath after a few stairs
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Vitamin B12 Deficiency

    Vitamin B12 is a vitamin crucial to healthy neurological and cardiovascular functioning. If deficient, symptoms include trouble thinking, anxiety, stomach issues, and weakness.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, racing heart beat, history of headaches
    Symptoms that never occur with vitamin b12 deficiency:
    menstrual period changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Condition Causing Crushing Chest Pain

    Crushing chest pain may be serious (a sign that your heart is not getting enough blood). This assessment needs to be done by a doctor. You should go see one now!

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    crushing chest pain, dull, aching chest pain, ripping or tearing chest pain, chest pain, loss of vision
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Anxiety Attack With Chest Pain or Discomfort

  • Q.Are your symptoms causing difficulty at work, socializing, or spending time with friends & family?
  • Q.Do you notice your heart beating hard, rapidly, or irregularly (also called palpitations)?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?

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Anxiety Attack With Chest Pain or Discomfort Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced anxiety attack with chest pain or discomfort have also experienced:

    • 8% Rib Pain
    • 8% Dizziness
    • 4% Anxiety Attack With Palpitations or a Racing Heart Beat
  • People who have experienced anxiety attack with chest pain or discomfort were most often matched with:

    • 26% Mitral Valve Prolapse
    • 21% Panic Disorder
    • 8% Coronary Artery Disease
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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