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A panic attack is a sudden episode of severe anxiety, fear, or discomfort that causes physical and emotional symptoms. A panic attack may be in response to something frightening, or it may occur for no known reason.
Symptoms of a panic attack can be similar to symptoms of a heart attack or stroke. It is important to see your health care provider when you have a panic attack so that these conditions can be ruled out.
Most panic attacks go away with treatment of the underlying problem. If you have panic attacks often, you may have a condition called panic disorder.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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