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How does the brain control the heart

A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harinder Gill
Cardiology 39 years experience
Electrical systems: Our bodies have cells that are ALL electrically active,there are numerous interconnects via multiple modalities(nerves,hormones etc) between the vari... Read More
Dr. Forrest Jones
Specializes in Family Medicine
Pacemaker: The heart has its own pacemaker that generates the electrical impulses. This pacemaker can be influenced by brain impulses & hormones. Did your ca... Read More
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
See below: The brain can increase or slow down heart rate via the autonomic nervous system which has connections to the heart. The hearts electrical system(condu... Read More

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Contraction: The contraction of the heart is a property of the heart muscle itself. The rate of contraction is a complex interaction of the cardiorespiratory syste... Read More
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The heart have : It's own electrical source of energy to conduct an impulse and contract. Indirectly, the rate and the force of contraction can be mediated by the aut... Read More
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Tried hypnosis?: Hypnosis, transcendental meditation, yoga, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, bio-feedback, prayer. Any/all can help.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Anxiety: You likely have an anxiety disorder as you are very young and at little to zero risk for a "heart attack". Please talk to your physician. Cognitive ... Read More
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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No: That would be a dissociative reaction due to the amnesia. A form of temporal lobe epilepsy should also be ruled out because of the babbling response. ... Read More
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Dr. Anita Prakash
Cardiology 29 years experience
U need behavioral : therapy. You need to see a MD with expertise in psychiatry with whom you can talk about why you r stressed and why your mind has all these thoughts th... Read More
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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Yes: Both can benefit - go for it
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Many: But the number one thing that many need to stop is tobaccoism. Smoking damages the heart and brain as well as the lung, the throat and others. Smoking... Read More
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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
It can be: Just like any other form of exercise. It's also a very efficient work out. But like all types of HIIT(high intensity interval training), it isn't rig... Read More
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Dr. Gavin Noble
Cardiology 22 years experience
Different names: For different organs. In fact some people have advocated calling a stroke a "brain attack" to motivate people to seek immediate treatment like they h... Read More

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