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Can having a lot of stress causes you to have a silent heart attack or just angina?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Both, if....: If you have coronary disease (blockages in your coronary arteries), stress can cause your heart to pump harder and faster, outstripping its limited blood supply, resulting in angina. If prolonged, permanent damage can result (heart attack). If your heart is normal, stress cannot cause angina or a heart attack.
Dr. Thomas a Schwann
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Both: Both conditions can be brought about by stress.

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Can stress cause a heart attack? If so how? And what are the initial signs that you are having a heart attack?

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Dr. Mathew Chengot
Cardiology 43 years experience
Variable: Stress can cause heart attack from spasm or stress induced myocardial infarction may result in what is called tacasubos myopathy.

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