Sometimes a panic attack can be mistaken for a heart attack. The opposite is more dangerous as it can lead on acting too late when a real heart attack strikes. The below diagram explains the various symptoms. Panic attack symptoms include sharp stabbing pain in chest, sudden onset due to stress, symptoms that resolve in 20-30 minutes. On the other hand heart attack has the following: squeezing pain and pressure in chest, sudden onset due to physical exertion, pain that radiates to arm, jaw, shoulder; another symptom is pain that gets worse not better as time passes. Shortness of breath, sweating are other symptoms of the heart attack.
What are long term effects of stress on your physical health? We can categorize it based on which areas of your body it affects. The below diagram shows how stress affects human body. Lets start with your head and brain: you may experience depression, headaches, anxiety and increased stroke risk. You are more likely to catch a cold or a flu, or even the new coronavirus covid. Stress also increases your blood pressure, thus increasing risk of a heart attack. You may experience weight gain or loss, muscle pain, and sexual problems. Lowering stress in your life can help reduce the risk of the above conditions and symptoms.