Anxiety is a disorder of the emotion of fear - It is NOT mental illness or in any way linked to heart attacks.
Your heart is racing, you feel faint, sweaty, weak; your legs shake, you feel dizzy and scared... your initial reaction is 'I must be dying, having a heart attack!' BUT YOU'RE NOT!
It's true that medical practitioners immediately reach for the stethoscope or the ECG machine when confronted with a panic attack BUT that is an insurance policy for medics, just so that they can confirm 100% that you will be fine...they HAVE TO do this, it is a requirement of the medical authorities that control the doctor's actions, protecting them from legal action.
Panic attacks and anxiety disorders mimic heart attacks and their symptoms because the heart is the organ which fuels the body, supplying every muscle with fluids and food with which to become stronger in times of stress and during the flight or fight anxiety response... the pains, banging, palpitations and tightness are all COMPLETELY NORMAL AND HARMLESS!
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