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Can Anxiety Cause A Silent Heart Attack
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What should I do for recent anxiety attacks? Had to call 911 cause i thought it was a heart attack?
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
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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