Chest pain. It’s so scary.
But it’s less scary if you know it’s caused by anxiety or a panic disorder.
When most of us suddenly feel our chest hurts, we’re certain that we’re dying.
That the chest tightness is a sign that you’re going through a heart attack.
That your anxiety disorder is really killing you. Now.
But before you panic any further – take a deep Breath.
Anxiety and chest pain are good friends.
Here’s how to know if your chest pain is caused by anxiety, and how to stop it in less than a minute. O.k?
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Can Anxiety Cause Chest Pain?
You may be relieved to find that the answer is YES.
Chest pain is one of the common anxiety symptoms, along with a rapid heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and dizziness.
How Does anxiety chest pain happen?
People having anxiety or panic attacks are prone to hyperventilation (breathing in too much oxygen) caused by the fight or flight response. This contracts blood vessels and may cause considerable chest pain.
General anxiety disorder is usually accompanied by poorer digestion and bloating. Bloating can increase the pressure on the lungs and lead to chest pain.
Your biggest problem is:
Heart problems can feel exactly the same as an anxiety attack. So how do you know?
Is Your Chest Pain Caused by a Heart Attack or Anxiety?
It’s the first thing you want to know:
Does anxiety cause your chest pain, or is it a heart problem?Here’s how to Know It’s (Probably) Not a Heart Attack:
Anxiety-induced chest pain is usually located over the heart and described as a sharp pain. The pain usually increases when you breathe, but it doesn’t tend to continue more than a few minutes.
If you apply pressure to the area – the pain gets worse (that is a major difference from heart-related chest pain).
It is usually accompanied by palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, and tingling in hands and feet.
When your chest discomfort is caused by stress, your ability to exercise should not be affected.
📢 When an anxiety attack begins, the body feels that it’s in a state of danger and produces adrenaline. Adrenaline gives you “a boost” of energy that you are supposed to use for escaping “the danger”.
It speeds the heart rate and causes muscles to contract. That can cause chest pain. It can also be caused by the release of stomach acids and indigestion.
Chest pain and anxiety are really good friends, so I can tell you right now that this chest pain is probably not a heart problem (but you still have to get checked by a doctor!).
Dozens of people I know rushed over to the hospital convinced that they are having a heart attack but it turned out to be “only” a panic attack.
(Still worried? read more about the difference between a heart attack and an anxiety attack HERE).
How to Stop Anxiety-Induced Chest Pain
The symptoms of an anxiety attack will respond to anxiety-control techniques, like deep breathing and relaxation exercises.
Here is one powerful technique to get immediate anxiety chest pain relief:
(It is best done sitting but can also be done standing or lying down)
Self Hypnosis Meditation to Stop Anxiety
👉 With this self-hypnosis meditation audio, your brain receives a clear signal that you are safe. if you practice this deep relaxation meditation on a daily basis, your brain gets a chance to realize you are not in danger and is open to re-program new thoughts and ways of behaving.
All this happens without any effort on your side. All you have to do is listen.
You can listen on your computer or device or via the free app which you can access anytime.
Can Anxiety Cause Chest Pain Every Day?
The answer is unfortunately yes.
It’s hard to believe that intense fear can cause such physical pain, sometimes constant pain, but until you relieve your extreme stress levels it may keep causing pain in your chest.
In this case, you must get checked by your doctor to rule out any heart problem (Angina/GERD) or other conditions that cause daily chest pain.
While this breathing technique will bring you excellent temporary relief, you may want to consider switching from “anxiety management” to anxiety CURE. You don’t have to “manage”, “control” or “deal” with anxiety and panic attacks.
There are ways to cure this condition, without medication (who wants to depend on those for life?).
If you have any questions or you’d like to share your experience in the subject I’m waiting to read your comments below.
To your health and happiness,
Demiryoguran NS, Karcioglu O, Topacoglu H, et al. Anxiety disorder in patients with non-specific chest pain in the emergency setting. Emerg Med J. 2006;23(2):99–102. doi:10.1136/emj.2005.025163