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Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack?

Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack?

Yes: Yes, severe anxiety can cause a silent heart attack, especially if you have neuropathy due to diabetes or if you are distracted by other pains or are taking pain medications. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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How high can BP rise with anxiety? Can anxiety cause heart attack?

How high can BP rise with anxiety? Can anxiety cause heart attack?

If U R having: High BP or fear u r having a heart attack, u should seek medical attention. Whether or not anxiety is impacting on your BP or not, u may need medication 2 lower the bp. I do not believe that anxiety can cause a heart attack, but until u have been checked out u will not know if u r having panic attack symptoms or a heart attack. Once medical has been ruled out, psychotherapy ; hypnosis can help. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack or angina?

Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack or angina?

Not by itself: Stress does contribute to heart attacks, but does not directly cause them. Family history, diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia and smoking are the known risk factors. Occasionally, even people without CAD will feel tightness in their chest when anxious, hyperventilating, or tightening their musculature. Of course, if their is any question, one should seek care by their pcp or er. ...Read more

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I seen that a doctor on here named Dr. Andrew Michaels said Anxiety can cause a heart attack. Not all people who have anxiety have one correct? True??

I seen that a doctor on here named Dr. Andrew Michaels said Anxiety can cause a heart attack. Not all people who have anxiety have one correct? True??

Anxiety & The Heart: Hi German, Anxiety (or chronic anxiety) is what we consider a "psychosocial risk factor" for cardiac disease and potential heart attacks. Other risk factors include work stress, social isolation, chronic anger, Type A behavior, etc. They increase the likelihood of experiencing cardiac events and/or risk for cardiac disease. You can have a heart attack without these but they increase your chances. ...Read more

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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?

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

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. ...Read more

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Can troponin levels elevate due to stress, anxiety and such and cause chest pain but will not cause a heart attack?

No: Stress and anxiety do not typically raise troponin levels. Medical conditions such as severe high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, renal failure are associated with elevated levels of troponin. Elevated troponin is not the cause of heart attack, but can result from one. ...Read more

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In a healthy heart can strong emotions such as fear, anger, anxiety and a rxn to a natural disaster cause a heart attack or cardiac arrest? :(

In a healthy heart can strong emotions such as fear, anger, anxiety and a rxn to a natural disaster cause a heart attack or cardiac arrest? :(

Yes: There is a condition caused "broken heart syndrome, " where someone can get cardiac arrest from severe stress or emotions. It is quite rare, but it can happen. It is caused by the surge of stress hormones, like adrenaline, that can be released from severe stress. I must stress - no pun intended - that it is rare, but it can happen, and I have seen it happen. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more