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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Heart Attacks In Young Women

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Can dieting too fast and exercising too intensely cause fatal heart attacks in young person?

Can dieting too fast and exercising too intensely cause fatal heart attacks in young person?

Yes: Losing too much weight too fast can lead to chemical changes in the body that coupled with excessive exercise, perhaps in a person not in good physical shape to start, could lead to cardiac issues. The best approach in my opinion is to seek medical assitance to determine how much weight to lose and how fast and if you are in good enough shape to embark on a particular exercise program. ...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


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Do women get heart attacks at younger ages than men?

Do women get heart attacks at younger ages than men?

Less than men: Less than men when young but they catch up after menopause. Also, heart attacks are missed more in women because they may have more atypical symptoms or more stoic personalties than men. ...Read more

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Could a young woman have a heart attack?

Could a young woman have a heart attack?

Absolutely: There are rare problems in children. Most after 45 some in young adults with smoking, diabetes, obesity, bad behavior- Cocaine etc. After that anytime up to 100 women are at risk along with us guys! ...Read more

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Can eating young coconut flesh will cause heart attack?

Can eating young coconut flesh will cause heart attack?

No: Life's difficult enough without these internet superstitions -- or getting obsessive about what kind of fat is in what whenever you feel like doing something you want to do. Enjoy your coconut. ...Read more

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Can smoking alone cause a heart attack in 41 year old woman. or would you have to have other uncontrolled risk factors?

Can smoking alone cause a heart attack in 41 year old woman. or would you have to have other uncontrolled risk factors?

Probability: It's all a matter of probabilities. A 41 yo woman with BP of 120, cholesterol 200, HDL of 50, BP of 120 who doesn't smoke has 0.7% ten year risk of heart attack. If she smokes, her risk is 2.7%. To calc your own risk, goto: http://my.americanheart.org/professional/StatementsGuidelines/Prevention-Guidelines_UCM_457698_SubHomePage.jsp - Then click on "Launch Web Version". ...Read more

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Can smoking cause a sudden heart attack if 41 female with no heart problem?

Can smoking cause a sudden heart attack if 41 female with no heart problem?

Of course: Sudden cardiac death is an unexpected death caused by loss of heart function. It is the leading cause of heart-related deaths around the world. According to a a recent study, smoking may double a woman’s risk of sudden cardiac death. At the same time quitting can reduce that risk significantly over time. Time to quit! ...Read more

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What causes a heart attack. my BP is under control on med I do smoke but no heart disease. I am 41 female. Should I be scared?

What causes a heart attack. my BP is under control on med  I do smoke but no heart disease. I am 41 female.  Should I be scared?

Quit Smoking: Tobacco causes damage in the lining of your blood vessels and increased clumping of platelets (clots). Smoking causes heart attacks, strokes, leg amputations, lung disease and cancer. You're a young woman - it's time for you to quit smoking! Other than rapidly opening blocked arteries in an acute heart attack the only intervention to save more hearts is quitting smoking!! Do it today!! ...Read more

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41 female no heart disease all blood and strs test normal on BP med press good I smoke can this alone cause me to have a sudden heart attack?

41 female no heart disease all blood and strs test normal on BP med press good  I smoke can this  alone cause me to have a sudden heart attack?

AbsolutelyStressTest: of very low value because they are totally incapable of detecting arterial disease. They are only partially capable of detecting complications of very advanced arterial disease, i.e. severe narrowing (e.g. >75%) due to clots over previous plaque ruptures; see the illustration I have attached. While EKG stress tests work best, they are still very insensitive; Docs perform because insurance pays. ...Read more

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I am a 28 year old woman who has been under a great deal of stress lately. I read stress causes heart disease. Could I be at risk of having a heart attack?

I am a 28 year old woman who has been under a great deal of stress lately. I read stress causes heart disease. Could I be at risk of having a heart attack?

Myth: The stuff about "type A personality" causing heart disease was a fake subsidized by millions of dollars of tobacco company money to divert attention from the real cause. "Stress" may be good or bad -- the good kind gets me up in the morning to be productive; it's bad only when you can't cope (i.e., trapped in a bad situation). Hoping things get better, but I'm not persuaded this ever caused a MI. ...Read more

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Of no CAD can smoking alone cause a heart attack or do u have to have other uncontrolled risk factor 41 female on BP med pressure good all blood good.

Of no CAD can smoking alone cause a heart attack or do u have to have other uncontrolled risk factor 41 female on BP med pressure good all blood good.

It can: But risk obviously goes up with each risk factor. 41 is quite young though. Other factors include weight, cholesterol level, fruit/veggie intake, activity, stress, and genes! ...Read more

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Can a heart attack last for days. Is it possible a 22yo female to have a heart attack or can severe aniexty cause chest ache and back ache?

Can a heart attack last for days. Is it possible a 22yo female to have a heart attack or can severe aniexty cause chest ache and back ache?

Would be rare: Common things are common and rare things are rare. It would be extremely uncommon for you to have a heart attack at 22 that has lasted for "days" and still be alive.It is VERY common to have anxiety that leads you to believe this and have the symptoms you describe. You do need to see your doctor to make sure no medical conditions causing your anxiety and for referral to a psychologist who can help ...Read more

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I have prehypertension. BP is 135/85. Both my parents have hypertension. Scared I'm going to have heart attack or stroke young. 19 y/o female. Help?

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I have prehypertension. BP is 135/85. Both my parents have hypertension. Scared I'm going to have heart attack or stroke young. 19 y/o female. Help?

BP: Your blood pressure is not that high, plus, genetics is not enough reason to get it, as long as you control the other factors (diet, weight, life styles, regular exercises) & have regular annual checkups by your PCP. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of a female 69 yr old fall without blacking out female has a stent in her heart for a blockage. Has had 1 heart attack. Has had breast cancer within the last 5 yrs. An had a breast removed an has been tested for heart problems now

What could be the cause of a female 69 yr old fall without blacking out female has a stent in her heart for a blockage. Has had 1 heart attack. Has had breast cancer within the last 5 yrs. An had a breast removed an has been tested for heart problems now

Needs more work up : This could be related to her heart and less likely her breast cancer but there are many other causes of a fall without blacking out. Breast cancer is probably the least likely but metastases to the brain can happen and may cause stroke-like symptoms that could cause a fall without passing out. However, this really is unlikely. She needs further work up. ...Read more

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