heart attack vs panic attack

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Just wondered if anyone worries like i do I constantly get a feae of having a heart attack due to the constant chest pains i feel. Sometimes it's sharp and stabbing other times  it feels like a build up of pressure followed by a sharp pain or a big thud in chest. Obviously I've enended up being ok as this has happened many many times now but I start wondering if it's a build up to a heart attack. I can't get over that such real severe pains can just be panic and anxiety 

please I would be grateful for some feedback 

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    Sharp stabbing pains are not a heart attack! Have you talked it through with your GP?

     

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      Yes of course, it's not always sharp stabbing pains. One day it can be that. Other days it just feel like a constant pressure. Others it feels like my hearts skipping/thudding. It changes day to day. I do know deep down its anxiety related but when the anxiety and panic sets in it sets my mind off thinking all sorts like it did last night when i posted this and it helps to just get advice to try and help feel reassured.
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    Has your GP given any advice about how to manage the symptoms? Try going on Caffeine free for a month (avoid tea coffee, coke, energy drinks. Do you smoke, have you had a thyroid function test (over active thyroid can cause palpitations and agitations)? You don't say how old you are or whether you have any other risk factors like cholesterol, family history or diabetes.
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      Some breathing exercises mostly and to try and distract myself with a book or a puzzle when the symptoms start. Also to write my feelings and symptoms down to see if there is a pattern. I don't smoke or drink coffee or fizzy drinks, I don't have the best diet but im working on that. I'm 28, when I was last in hospital they said my cholesterol was slightly high but nothing to be too concerned about. My father has had a heart attack.
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    How old was your dad when he had his first heart attack? You did not say if you had your thyroid function checked. Hyperthyroidism can make you feel agitated and give fast heart and sweating and usually weight loss. Excel it's can be a good release for tense feelings as well, by which I mean a fast walk or something similar which anyone can do.
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      My dad was 61 with his first heart attack. I've not had my thyroid function checked, but the symptoms sound in line with how I feel. I will look into that. Thank you I will give it a try
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