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As many as three percent of people in the United States suffer from panic disorder. Most people experience their first attack in their twenties, but attacks can start at any age, including the very young and very old. Most people describe their first panic attack as the most traumatic experience they have ever had. In general, we don't know what causes the first attack, but extremely stressful situation seem to be one contributing factor. Fortunately, panic attacks are not life-threatening, and full-blown attacks tend to last for only a few minutes.
A panic attack is a frightening experience. Suddenly, out of nowhere, you may feel like you are having a heart attack, suffocating, or going crazy. You may have the feeling that something has gone wrong inside your body, and you are filled with dread and terror.
Chances are that you will begin to sweat profusely, and your heart will begin to pound. When this happens, many people end up in a hospital emergency room, which may seem a sensible place to go given how you feel. After being examined there, you will probably feel better because will most likely be told that you are perfectly fine, and not to worry because you "just had a panic attack and now it's over." You will likely feel calm and reassured.
Please do see your physician or go to an ER if you are not sure what is going on with you. That is why we have ER's.
I don't have any statistics on how many people in there twenties have heart attacks. If you feel you need to go to the ER, please do not hesitate.
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