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Why Anxiety Causes Chest Pain

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We've all felt it. That sharp, worrying, and sometimes scary tight feeling in the chest. It's a sensation that can be scary and unsettling, especially if you have no idea what it is. This feeling is what is referred to as "anxiety chest pain". It is a tight sensation in the chest. It can also be felt as a very heavy feeling or pressure that is very unpleasant.

This is a sensation that can cause extreme panic in people who have no idea what it is. This is perfectly understandable. After all, if you've never experienced this before, it can be a terrifying feeling.

However, chest pains from anxiety are typically harmless and are often a result of an overactive mind. This means that, in most cases, the chest pains that come from anxiety are not a sign of a heart problem. The truth is that anxiety chest pain is usually a symptom of an anxiety or panic attack.

What is an Anxiety Attack?

Anxiety attacks are often a period of intense fear or discomfort that is caused by a spike in adrenaline and cortisol. During an anxiety attack, these chemicals cause your heart rate to increase, your blood pressure to rise, and your breathing to become more rapid. During an anxiety attack, your brain is flooded with adrenaline and cortisol.

When your brain becomes flooded with these chemicals, it can cause the sensations of anxiety chest pain. This is because adrenaline and cortisol cause muscles to tense up and expand. This can cause you to feel tightness in the chest. Additionally, the increased breathing that occurs during an anxiety attack can cause you to feel very short of breath. This can lead to feelings of heavy, full, and pressure in the chest.

People who experience anxiety chest pain often describe it as a squeezing, sharp, or pressurizing pain in their chest. This is consistent with the fact that an anxiety attack can cause muscles to tense up and expand. Additionally, the tightness in the chest that occurs from anxiety is a result of the increased breathing that occurs during an anxiety attack.

Anxiety chest pain can be caused by factors other than anxiety attacks. However, the tightness in the chest that occurs during anxiety attacks is the most common cause of anxiety chest pain.

How to Tell the Difference Between an Anxiety Attack and a Heart Attack

Anxiety chest pain is caused by an anxiety attack. This means that it is a symptom of an anxiety disorder. An anxiety attack is a period of intense fear and discomfort that is caused by an overproduction of adrenaline and cortisol.

A heart attack is caused by a lack of blood flow to the heart. A heart attack can be caused by a variety of factors. This includes a buildup of plaque in the arteries, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, as well as smoking, diabetes, obesity, and lack of exercise. Heart attacks are most often caused by a buildup of plaque in your arteries. This is referred to as Atherosclerosis.

Anxiety chest pain is caused by an anxiety attack, and a heart attack is caused by problems with the heart. This means that anxiety chest pain is caused by the heightened state of arousal caused by the overproduction of adrenaline and cortisol. However, a heart attack is caused by a lack of blood flow to the heart.

In most cases, these two symptoms are easy to tell apart. However, there are some cases in which anxiety chest pain and heart attack symptoms are very similar. This can make it difficult to tell the difference between the two. The most reliable way to tell the difference between the two is by understanding what each of them is. This means that once you know the difference between the two, it should be easy to tell which one you are experiencing.

Anxiety Attack Symptoms:

  • A Racing Heart
  • Dry Mouth
  • Shortness Of Breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Chest Pains
  • Fear Of Dying
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Nausea
  • Muscle Tension
  • Shaking
  • Breathing Trouble
  • Feeling You Can't Breathe
  • Feeling Tired
  • Feeling Weak Or Dizzy

Heart Attack Symptoms:

  • Chest Pains
  • Discomfort In The Jaw
  • Discomfort In The Neck
  • Discomfort In The Shoulders
  • Discomfort In The Arms
  • Discomfort In The Stomach
  • Breathing Problems
  • Nausea
  • Panic
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness

How To Tell The Cause Of Your Chest Pain

Is it anxiety, or a heart attack? The truth is, you'll know. Anxiety attacks can be extremely severe, but they're mostly responses to panic. Heart attacks, however, cause physical pain that you can't confuse with anxiety chest pain.

Heart attacks typically cause pain on the left side of the chest, while anxiety chest pain is typically centered in the chest. Additionally, the pain from a heart attack is usually steady, while the pain from anxiety chest pain can be sharp and sudden.

Another way to tell the difference between anxiety chest pain and a heart attack is to evaluate your symptoms. If you have pain in your chest, and you're experiencing shortness of breath, you might be having a heart attack. However, if you're experiencing anxiety chest pain, but you're not feeling short of breath, you're more than likely suffering from an anxiety attack, not a heart attack.

If you're unsure, call 911. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

Can Anxiety Chest Pain Be Treated?

The good news is that anxiety chest pain is typically a symptom of an anxiety attack, which means that it will go away once your anxiety attack subsides.

A lot of the things that cause anxiety chest pain can also be used to treat it. For example, breathing exercises can be used to help you feel more comfortable. Additionally, practicing mindfulness can help you deal with the physical symptoms of anxiety.

Other ways that you can treat your anxiety chest pain include:

  • Deep breathing
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Using Essential Oils

These are just a few of the many ways that you can help yourself feel better. It is important to note, however, that some people with anxiety chest pain may need to see a doctor for treatment.

If your anxiety chest pain is causing you to feel severe pain, it is important to see a doctor. If your chest pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately:

  • Burning sensation in the chest
  • Chest pain that radiates to the back
  • Chest pain that comes with difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain that is worse when you cough or move
  • Chest pain that prevents you from taking a deep breath
  • Chest pain that is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or dizziness
  • Chest pain that is accompanied by a fever
  • Chest pain that is accompanied by shortness of breath

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek medical help.


The Bottom Line

You can experience chest pain from an anxiety or panic attack, as this is a natural bodily response to the chemicals flooding your body during an anxiety attack. It is important to understand that chest pains caused by anxiety are not a sign of a heart attack. However, it is important to pay attention to chest pains, especially if they are persistent. It is highly recommended that you see a doctor if you experience chest pains that accompany anxiety and that are persistent.

This blog post is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or other professional advice. Your specific circumstances should be discussed with a healthcare provider. All statements of opinion represent the writers' judgement at the time of publication and are subject to change. Phoenix and its affiliates provide no express or implied endorsements of third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products, or services.

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