anxiety-induced chest pain

Chest pain from anxiety is usually located over the heart and described as sharp pain. The pain usually increases when you breathe, but it doesn’t tend to continue more than a few minutes.

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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 with palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness and tingling in hands and feet.

I can tell you right now that this chest pain is probably not a heart problem (though it’s highly recommended 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” an anxiety attack.

What Causes Chest Pain During Anxiety Attacks?

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’s causes the chest pain. It can also be caused by the release of stomach acids and indigestion.

How to Stop Chest Pain During Anxiety Attacks

The symptoms of anxiety attack will positively respond to anxiety-control techniques, like deep breathing and relaxation exercises. Here is one powerful technique to stop chest pain in a few seconds. It is best done sitting but can also be done standing or lying down:

1. Sit with your back straight and your hands in your lap or on your thighs. Close your eyes. While doing this keep the tip of your tongue touching the top of your mouth. When you inhale – do it through your nose. Exhale through your mouth. Ready?

2. Start inhaling slowly for 4 seconds (count them in your head not out loud). Push out your stomach and fill your lower lungs first like that. Then the rest of the lungs are filled.
Hold your breath for until you count to 7.
Exhale comfortably for 8 seconds.

Try to imagine that all the anxiety is leaving your body while you are exhaling. You are letting it go.
Pause for 2 seconds without inhaling (very important) and do this one more time.
Repeat until you feel your chest pain gone. And it will be!

Warning: This Technique Will Not Eliminate Your Anxiety in the Long Run!

While this 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?). One of the best ways to achieve complete cure is by using cognitive behavioral techniques.

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