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A 43-year-old male asked:

Can a temper outburst in someone who has heart disease (plaque lining the arterial walls) be a catalyst for a plaque rupture and consequent mi?

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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 34 years experience
It can...: Sress can release adrenaline which constricts blood vessels, increase blood pressure and enhance tendency of platelets to aggregate and cause blood clots. Triggers such as these can cause a plaque to break and form a clot causing a heart attack. Yes, intense stress or rabid loss of temper can cause a heart attack.
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Dr. Bac Nguyen commented
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Evidence also supports that Type A personality is at higher risk for cardiovascular events!
Mar 4, 2012
Last updated Jan 13, 2016


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