A panic attack can feel a lot like a heart attack.
And it could, in fact, signal that there's a heart attack in your future.
A study of more than 3,000 older women finds that those who reported at least one full-blown panic attack during a six month period were three times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke over the next five years than those who didn't report a panic attack.
The researchers took into account the other risk factors and still found that the panic attacks brought increased risk.
A panic attack can bring a rapid pulse and shortness of breath -- symptoms that feel like a heart attack.
The study was funded by the drug company that makes the anti-anxiety drug Paxil. And some of the co-authors have financial ties to the company and to others.
The study is published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.