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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. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...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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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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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 stress w/o any other health issues, cause you to have a heart attack? I suffer from anxiety but otherwise have a clean bill of health.

Can stress w/o any other health issues, cause you to have a heart attack? I suffer from anxiety but otherwise have a clean bill of health.

No: In order to have a heart attack you need to have some underlying issues that affect your heart, such as cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. Anxiety can make you feel like you are having a heart attack but shouldn't cause one if you are otherwise cardio-vascularly healthy. ...Read more

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What should I do for recent anxiety attacks? Had to call 911 cause i thought it was a heart attack?

A few ideas: Once the heart is ruled out and other causes investigated , medications such as xanax, (alprazolam) therapy, biofeed back, meditaion, to name a few. ...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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Bad chest pain for over a months isn't a heart attack right I'm stressed over my chest pains Everytime I see drs they say anxiety is the cause Im24?

Bad chest pain for over a months isn't a heart attack  right  I'm stressed over my chest pains Everytime I see drs they say anxiety is the cause Im24?

Probably. : The chances that you have significant coronary disease at your age is very unlikely, though not impossible. Patients who have panic attacks have symptoms that are almost identical to having a heart attack. This is fairly common in people who tend to be anxious or have been diagnosed with anxiety disorder. Try to relax or do things that help you relax or discuss with your doc if you need treatment. ...Read more

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If i'm otherwise healthy and BP usually normal at rest, but pulse and BP get very high during anxiety or stress can it cause stroke or heart attack?

If i'm otherwise healthy and BP usually normal at rest, but pulse and BP get very high during anxiety or stress can it cause stroke or heart attack?

Good reason for Tx: In an otherwise healthy guy w/out BP problems i think it would be unlikely to result in stroke or heart attack, but not guaranteed, so.... Why not talk to a therapist to discover ways to deal w/ or avoid stress? It can really help. But find one you like and trust. I'd think it may be more helpful than pills in mild or moderate conditions. Meditation is also great to reduce stress. Best! ...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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cn nightmares cause heart attack? 22, no history of heart probs, frequent anxiety panic attacks, insomnia, BP normal, blood glucose normal, ECG irreg

Nightmares: At age 22- I would try to be less fearful regarding your health. Your nightmares will not kill you. However, if your health anxiety and your panic continue to be a problem - that can cause suffering in your life. Have your considered cognitive behavioral therapy? ...Read more

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How does anxiety cause brain fog, lightheaded feeling/faint feeling? Always assumed it was more of heart attack feeling. Dont have fast heart/breaths.

Possible & rule out: Anxiety certainly can cause lightheaded/faint feelings, but you also want to make sure there is not a physical explanation that has not been addressed. If you have not discussed your symptoms with your primary care doctor, I recommend you do that to make sure something isn't being ignored. In addition, pay attention to the situations in which these symptoms occur for clues to possible triggers. ...Read more

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35M with good EKG. Doc prescribed 10mg citalopram for anxiety and cardio phobia. Heard can cause heart attack&death. Scared. Echo stress lipids good.

35M with good EKG. Doc prescribed 10mg citalopram for anxiety and cardio phobia. Heard can cause heart attack&death. Scared. Echo stress lipids good.

Very rare: Citalopram can cause death under very rare circumstances such as when a heart is sensitive to QT interval prolongation. QT interval is a part of the heart beat cycle. The incidence of this is very infrequent. ...Read more

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Will anxiety lead to a heart attack?

Will anxiety lead to a heart attack?

One of many factors: While anxiety and high levels of stress can increase the risk of heart attack - far more important is family history, blood cholesterol/fat, smoking, high blood pressure and other illnesses like diabetes. ...Read more

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Could a heart attack result from anxiety?

Could a heart attack result from anxiety?

Yes: But must be rare! and only related to having other significant risk factors and family and personal items. No smoking weight control exercize. ...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


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

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