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Re: Is vasovagal the same as panic attacks

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From: Lorraine


Hi, Becca!

I've gone back and forth with this question for years, but I'm now pretty certain that it's V-V, not panic attacks (my brother does have panic disorder). Realizing that an episode is coming on can sure CAUSE panic, tho!

I'm just not 100% sure. I've read that you CANNOT faint due to a panic attack, and I've also read that fainting is a rare symptom of panic attacks.

I wish someone could tell us for sure which causes which. Does the V-V cause panic symptoms, or does a panic attack case us to faint? *sigh* I wish I knew.


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