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How long can most panic attacks last?

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Most panic attacks pass within 30 minutes, but you can take a few steps to calm them on your own. If you’re short of breath, you can try breathing exercises. Sit or lie down somewhere comfortable. Take slow, deep breaths gently, in through your nose and out through your mouth.

SOURCES:

Charles Pattavina, MD, emergency department physician, St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor, ME; spokesman, American College of Emergency Physicians.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Am I Having a Panic Attack or a Heart Attack?”

Simon Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist, director of psychology training, and director of the CBT training program, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY.

Franklin Schneier, MD, co-director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and research psychiatrist, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York City.

Johns Hopkins Medicine Heart & Vascular Institute: “Anxiety and Heart Disease.”

National Health Service: “How to deal with panic attacks.”

American Heart Association: "Understand Your Risks to Prevent a Heart Attack."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Charles Pattavina, MD, emergency department physician, St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor, ME; spokesman, American College of Emergency Physicians.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Am I Having a Panic Attack or a Heart Attack?”

Simon Rego, PsyD, chief psychologist, director of psychology training, and director of the CBT training program, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY.

Franklin Schneier, MD, co-director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and research psychiatrist, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York City.

Johns Hopkins Medicine Heart & Vascular Institute: “Anxiety and Heart Disease.”

National Health Service: “How to deal with panic attacks.”

American Heart Association: "Understand Your Risks to Prevent a Heart Attack."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 25, 2019

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