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Can I have a heart attack from too much exercise?

Can I have a heart attack from too much exercise?

Yes: The heart is a muscular organ and like any muscle can be overworked to the point of failure. Studies have shown that even well trained marathon runners show signs of heart failure during marathons. To avoid overexerting your heart, train in a graduated fashion in moderation. Work with your physician and a trainer to establish a good cardio training regimen. ...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 too much exercise lead to a heart attack?

Can too much exercise lead to a heart attack?

Pace yourself: Regular exercise lowers long-term risk by improving many heart risk factors. But if someone already has plaques & inflammation in their arteries, a heart attack could occur during exercise, esp if we overdo it like extreme weightlifting (which makes blood pressure shoot up) or getting very dehydrated racing on a hot day. Use common sense by building up workouts gradually under safe conditions. ...Read more

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Could you have a heart attack from too much stress?

Could you have a heart attack from too much stress?

Yes: Stress can increase the demand for blood flow to the heart. If the coronary arteries have blockages, then they may not be able to supply enough blood to the heart muscle and a heart attack can occur. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or "broken heart syndrome" can also be caused by stress. This condition causes the heart to enlarge and pump poorly. ...Read more

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I've been on a junk food and no exercise stint for 3 months .. I eat excess sugar n fat every day.. I'm 25 can I have a heart attack right now from it?

I've been on a junk food and no exercise stint for 3 months .. I eat excess sugar n fat every day.. I'm 25 can I have a heart attack right now from it?

You are not: Helping ward one off with those activities, but those things alone aren't enough. Risk factors for premature heart disease include genetic predisposition, diabetes, male sex, overweight, sedentary, smoking, seriously elevated cholesterol, and hypertension. See your doctor for a risk assessment and knock off the junk food, ....Use the money for a gym membership. ...Read more

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How common is for a 5'9 21 year old overweight male and don't exercise to have a heart attack?

How common is for a 5'9 21 year old overweight male and don't exercise to have a heart attack?

Very Unusual: It would be very unsual. Excercise, along with refraining from smoking and a balanced diet would help you long term. Calculate your risk here: http://cvdrisk.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/. ...Read more

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What is the youngest age you can have a heart attack from obesity and lack of exercise?

What is the youngest age you can have a heart attack from obesity and lack of exercise?

Remember: Very early/premature(as in teens to 20's) symptomatic heart disease basically always has a strong genetic basis. A questions like this is very difficult to answer at the extremes due to extreme number of contributors to heart disease. ...Read more

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Please tell me the youngest age you can have a heart attack from obesity and lack of exercise?

Please tell me the youngest age you can have a heart attack from obesity and lack of exercise?

Obesity heart attack: There is no definite age that a person can not have a heart attack at. Autopsies on young soldiers from the vietnam era identified atherosclerotic disease. And our eating habits have gotten worse. Many older teenagers and young adults have measurable elevated cholesterol levels and elevated blood pressure. The importance of diet/exercise can not be over stated to coronary health at any age. ...Read more

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But I get headaches when I exercise. I do drink water during the work out. My parents told me that if I over do it, I could have a heart attack?

But I get headaches when I exercise. I do drink water during the work out. My parents told me that if I over do it, I could have a heart attack?

Needs further evalua: I agree to continue to hydrate yourself during exercise. It's necessary to find out what part of your head hurts? Is there any baseline high blood pressure or other underlying diseases. I recommend you to slow down if headache persists ...Read more

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How much exercise is good after heart attack?

How much exercise is good after heart attack?

Ask your doc: There's no general answer to this - it depends on your coronary anatomy and heart function - you have to ask the doctor (cardiologist) what exercise is safe for you. ...Read more

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I'm 46 and had a heart attack what exercise are safe?

I'm 46 and had a heart attack what exercise are safe?

Very hard to say: Very hard to say. Depends on the details of what type of heart attack, how it was treated, and whether you have continued symptoms. You should really meet with your cardiologist to discuss this. ...Read more

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What is the best cardio exercise to do if a person has had a heart attack in the past?

What is the best cardio exercise to do if a person has had a heart attack in the  past?

Consult an expert: You should develop an exercise program suited just for you from your cardiologist. In general simple walking is the first place to start followed by more intense exercise if permitted. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...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