Extreme, rapid-onset fear. A normal response to crisis situations, but panic attacks can be pathological when they occur without warning or reason in an anxious individual.
Example: A fortysomething man presents with chest pain, palpitations, sweats, and normal cardiac enzymes soon after his father’s heart attack.
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