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Bouts of palpitations, dizziness and throat congestion. Is this a panic attack?

hi I ve been having bouts of palpitations and the feeling of dizziness that can come on all of a sudden which I m finding quite scary and i am now getting the feeling of an obstruction in my throat that i can feel when i swallow does this mean i may be suffering from panic attack or could there be another answer as ive never experienced this and find it unpleasant and scary
Asked On : Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Thanks for your query. The symptoms you are describing are classic of panic attack. However, other conditions like thyroid disorders, fluctuations in blood sugar/blood pressure and serum electrolyte abnormalities need to be ruled out. If the tests are negative, you would require a psychiatric evaluation for panic disorder and other anxiety related disorders. Wish you speedy recovery.
Dr Sundar
Answered: Tue, 12 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Ashish Mittal's  Response
welcome to Healthcare Magic.

From your description, it can be a panic attack. Panic attacks can occur several psychological and medical conditions, which need to rule out in your case after examination and investigation.

It is important to see a doctor to rule out the following possibilties:
-Panic disorder and depression
-Stimulant use (amphetamines, cocaine, caffeine), so stop use if present.
-Some Medication withdrawal
-Mitral valve prolapse, a minor cardiac problem that occurs when one of the heart’s valves doesn't close correctly.

Wish you all the best.

Dr Ashish Kumar Mittal
Answered: Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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