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might it be possible that a a lot of anxiety and stress cause a heart attack in a person with a healthy heart?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
48 years experience Cardiology
Not directly: Anxiety and stress can cause arrhythmias, including serious ones that may be life threatening, but those are not technically a heart attack. Psychosocial stresses often are associated with poor lifestyle habits (diet, weight, lack of exercise, cigarette use) that may contribute to heart attack risks.
Answered on Feb 21, 2014
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Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
Rare: Pts with an acute or traumatic life altering event has been known to cause chest pain ekg changes and a wall motion abnormality in the front of the heart on echo . The cardiac enzymes will rise as well . When a heart cath is done no blockage is found . This has been dubbed " broken heart syndrome " . Presumeable cause is from the catacholamines ie adrenaline rush that affects the heart
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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