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    Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder - Exams and Tests

    You may be diagnosed with panic disorder if you have at least two unexpectedpanic attacks along with fear or worry about having another panic attack and avoiding situations that may trigger it.

    The doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms. He or she will listen to your heart and check your blood pressure. You may get blood tests. The doctor may need to rule out other physical conditions that have symptoms similar to panic disorder, such as a heart attack or hyperthyroidism.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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