Topic : The Panic Attack.
The Panic Attack is a painful experience where the person feels a subjective sense of terror and eminent catastrophe for no evident reason.
The patient have the conviction that he is about to lose consciousness or life.
The attack can last from a few minutes to several hours.
The most common symptoms are:
- tachycardia, palpitations, and precordial pain,
- fine tremor of hands,
- “butterflies in the stomach”,
- motor weakness,
- nausea, and
- feeling of unreality.
The person experiences also a sense of air hunger which leads the subject to hyperventilation, and this one produces him a respiratory alkalosis.
(Editaded by María Guirao Moya, M.D.)