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Could this possibly be a panic attack ?

am 19 years old, as far as I know I am in perfectly good health. I m not overweight , I eat healthy. I dont excercise everyday but I get my fair share in. Last night at school I was sitting at my desk and suddenly my heart rate sped up at a very high rate. I felt dizzy and like I couldn t breath for a minute. I got up left the room and drank some water. I came back in and felt fine. Then shortly later I felt just a little light headed but nothing as severe as in the classroom. This was very scary to me. What do you think it could be? How to treat//prevent them? thanks a lot!
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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It may well be anxiety / panic. When you overbreath you get these symptom, that is what happens when you panic. An easy test is to slow your breathing(not so easy to do) or rebreath your expired air to increase your carbon dioxide / oxygen ratio. If that works it may be anxiety or even a thing called pheochromocytoma (most unlikely). All scary problems should be looked at by your doctor, if you want to play it safe and sure. Hope this helps.
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