Dr Oz: Chest Pain Anxiety Attack & Heart Attack Crushing Pain


Dr Oz: Is It Anxiety or a Heart Attack?

When you feel your heart racing, do you start to get worried about your symptoms? Dr Oz helped us to figure out whether you are having a Heart Attack or an Anxiety Attack.

His Assistant of the Day, Randi, suited up to learn the difference between the conditions. Part of the problem people have is that the symptoms are the same!


Dr Oz: Chest Pain Anxiety Attack & Heart Attack Crushing Pain

Learn the four major differences to help determine whether you are having an Anxiety Attack or a Heart Attack. Dr Oz said the symptoms are often similar!

Here are the symptoms of a Heart Attack and an Anxiety Attack:

  • Chest Pain
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Short of Breath
  • Sweating

Dr Oz: Chest Pain Anxiety Attack

Dr Oz said that you can learn ways to differentiate between the two conditions. The biggest factor is Chest Pain, so you need to learn how to figure out what is going on with your body.


How long does the chest pain last? After about 15 minutes, if you are having an Anxiety Attack, the pain may begin to fade, with even less pain after 30 minutes. The pain from a Heart Attack will not go away.

With Anxiety, the duration of pain will diminish over time, whereas there is no relief or change in intensity for the pain of a Heart Attack.

Dr Oz: Heart Attack Onset

How fast did the pain start? This is called Onset, Dr Oz explained. The symptoms of an Anxiety attack come on suddenly, but with a Heart Attack, the pain comes on more gradually.

Dr Oz: Anxiety Attack Pain Location

What area of your body is affected by the pain? Pain from a Heart Attack and an Anxiety Attack will both start in the heart. But in a Heart Attack, the pain will radiate outward to the jaw, shoulder, neck, back, arms, and shoulders.

Dr Oz: Heart Attack Crushing Pain

How would you describe the pain from a Heart Attack? Hopefully you will never have to find out. An Anxiety Attack will feel like a sudden, sharp, stabbing pain in the chest. On the other hand, a Heart Attack is more like a crushing pain that squeezes like something is weighing on you.

Dr Oz said you can learn more about your symptoms and possible condition from his AskMD app, made by ShareCare.


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