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What would Doctors Do for A old patient with GAD? Wouldn’t then Panic Attacks be considered dangerous?

Posted Jun 02 2010 4:59pm

Im just wondering, im not old but one day HOPEFULLY ill live to atleast late 60’s. LOL. But I have panic-attacks and it makes my heart go out of control and pound and pound when I have them. What do they do if someone who is old has panic attacks?

Obviously it could be dangerous to have your heart pounding out of your chest when your older and not young anymore.

I always think about that, so if anyone has any idea what doctors would end up doing, let me know. And hopefully the answer isn’t "Put them in A nursing home" LOL.

With panic attacks it sure does feel as though your heart is pounding out of control. And your body certainly does respond to your anxiety by increasing your heart rate, breathing rate, and releasing a surge of stress hormones. Though it is not actually going to "pound out of control". A healthy heart is built to respond in this manner. Anxiety is your brain’s way of telling your body to get out of harm’s way. This is known as the "Fight or Flight" response. But sometimes the brain thinks we are in danger, when we actually are not. Studies have shown that stress over a lifetime can be harmful to your health, especially your immune system. Though, a lifetime of unhealthy risk factors such as smoking, saturated fat, and not exercising is much more harmful to your heart than are panic attacks. Still it is important now to learn how to handle your panic attacks and incorporate some positive coping skills while you are still young and not in a Nursing home. Haha. Speak to your doctor about the therapies for GAD. It is more widely recognized by the medical community than it was years ago. Therapy for GAD or generalized anxiety disorder can include anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications as well as counseling and group therapy. If you are still worried about your heart, and you a family history of heart disease, or risk factors such as obesity, it is not too late to make changes. Try to maintain a healthy weight, or lose weight and quit smoking if do smoke, and get regular exercise 3-4 times a week.
Good Luck,
Angie R.N.

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