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Can stress or anxiety cause stroke like symptoms?

Can stress or anxiety cause stroke like symptoms?

Possibly yes: Stress and anxiety will result elevated blood pressure and therefore it can cause stroke like symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...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 the stress of being born cause infants to get strokes or clots?

Can the stress of being born cause infants to get strokes or clots?

Yes: About 1 in 4, 000 babies born will have a stroke around the time of birth, often related to the increased tendency towards clotting in the few days before and after birth in both mother and baby. While it's not exactly accurate to say "stress" causes stroke in newborns, birth trauma can be one of many possible causes. Heart or blood disorders, placental disorders, and infection are other causes. ...Read more

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Diagnosed short term memory loss after stroke caused by stress and anxiety. How long will i need to get help with this and what kind of rehab.

Diagnosed short term memory loss after stroke caused by stress and anxiety. How  long will i need to get help with this and what kind of rehab.

Neurologist needed: Memory loss secondary to a stroke would seem common. Strokes are really a lack of oxygen to areas of the brain; the severity and location of which are the main indicators of the symptoms and signs one would have. A full neurology work-up to diagnose the extent and origin of the stroke is needed and a plan of rehabilitation is needed to bring back as much function as possible. Good luck! ...Read more

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How does anaesthesia put a strain or stress on the heart and cause stroke? Also how likely is it to get and die of gas embolism during laparoscopy?

How does anaesthesia put a strain or stress on the heart and cause stroke? Also how likely is it to get and die of gas embolism during laparoscopy?

Physiology: The medicines used to induce anesthesia cause the heart to work harder and the peripheral blood vessels to dilate or constrict, either of which can affect the delivery of oxygen to everywhere, including the brain. This can cause a heart attack or a stroke in people who already have compromised blood flow to those areas. Gas emboli from laparoscopy are rare, but not unheard of and can be fatal. ...Read more

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Can i suffer a stroke from stress?

Can i suffer a stroke from stress?

Clarification: Stress could elevate you blood pressure causing hypertensive stroke/bleed. Also can be a risk factor for plaque build up in blood vessels. ...Read more

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Would experiencing an acute stress lead to something as serious as a stroke?

Would experiencing an acute stress lead to something as serious as a stroke?

Very unlikely : It has been reported that acute stress can cause severely elevated blood pressure and thus brain hemorrhage. It is however, very rare. Probably more likely to happen in older patients when the blood vessels are already somewhat damaged. It is another reason to live our lives with less stresses. ...Read more

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What methods are not effective in preventing heat stress and stroke?

What methods are not effective in preventing heat stress and stroke?

Hmmmmm?: We don't prescribe non-effective methods. Prevention of heat stress or stroke is built around, ventillation, evaporation, hydration, and proper rest. One must drink large volumes of plain water (or may use "gator-ade type products), get as much breeze as possible for evaporation (cooling process), and have appropriate rest. Removal from the source if possible if working outdoors, enclosed area. ...Read more

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