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Could using cocaine burst my heart?

Could using cocaine burst my heart?

NO--BUT: It will weaken your heart and cause a host of other problems. I had a 20y/o whose heart was damaged to about 1/4 of normal measured by echo. He was left with severe shortness of breath and lack of exercise tolerance. He was very miserable. With special nutrient therapies we managed to get him back to 1/2 normal --better to leave it alone. ...Read more

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Did I have Atrial Fib. or Heart Trouble? I'm SCARED. My heart/chest vibrated, I felt weird, & cold flush. Was this a panic attack, or a heart problem?

Did I have Atrial Fib. or Heart Trouble? I'm SCARED. My heart/chest vibrated, I felt weird, & cold flush. Was this a panic attack, or a heart problem?

Usual suspect: Anxiety is the likely suspect. Especially at your age w/ your medical history. If youthful cardiovascular problems are in your family history you'd know and should be examined, or if it's part of a syndrome you suffer - like Marfan's - you'd be being monitored for heart issues regularly already. It's a good idea to consider CBT therapy for skills in dealing w/ issues like anxiety, OCD. It works! ...Read more

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Can you have a heart attack from an argument? Blood rushing heart pumping faster . I feel weak and like my energy was sucked out worried!!!!!

Can you have a heart attack from an argument? Blood rushing heart pumping faster . I feel weak and like my energy was sucked out worried!!!!!

Heart attack: Emotional stress that causes a rush of catecholemines like epinephrine and norepinephrine can contribute to the onset of a heart attack. Please seek help from a doctor for your symptoms. If you can breath more slowly or into a paper bag, try to calm yourself, and feel relief of symptoms, perhaps you can see a doctor tomorrow. If not, please be taken to the emergency room to be checked out now. ...Read more

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If my docs diagnosed me w blood vessel weakness & vasospasms, should I avoid swimming in cold water? Could the vessel contraction damage my vessels?

If my docs diagnosed me w blood vessel weakness & vasospasms, should I avoid swimming in cold water?  Could the vessel contraction damage my vessels?

Avoid cold exposure: If you have what is called Raynaud's Phenomenon where you get Vasospasm and Bluish discoloration of toes and fingers; yes you may want to avoid cold water. The Vasospasm will not damage your Blood vessels. Nefidipine and Imdur given to you by your doctor helps this to some extent. ...Read more

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I had a hole in my heart as a child that closed I'm now 18 and suffer heart palpations and my heart rate increases dangerously during exercise. Ideas?

I had a hole in my heart as a child that closed I'm now 18 and suffer heart palpations and my heart rate increases dangerously during exercise. Ideas?

See a doctor: I am a pediatric cardiologist. The other responses here are all helpful. How do you know the HR increase during exercise is dangerous. And I am assuming the hole closed on its own, but want to confirm. If you've had heart surgery or a catheterization, you may be at an increased risk of developing a heart rhythm problem. In any case, I strongly suggest you see a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Did a vein in my hand rupture? No physical damage to my hand. I am on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) - i know a vasoconstrictive med? Was in high stress, then bulge & blue?

Did a vein in my hand rupture? No physical damage to my hand. I am on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) - i know a vasoconstrictive med? Was in high stress, then bulge & blue?

UNLIKELY FROM MEDS: Bulge and blue in your hand without trauma and on meds adderal, nsaids and zoloft, (sertraline) in not likely to be caused by meds.You might have had mild trauma like you hit your hand against some hard surface to cause a bulge;blue.These kind of bruises get better by themselves and do not require any treatment.But if it keeps recurring or gets worse, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I have anxiety & during times of extra stress I can feel palpitations where my heart feels like it flutters. Is this dangerous? can it cause damage?

I have anxiety & during times of extra stress I can feel palpitations where my heart feels like it flutters. Is this dangerous? can it cause damage?

No: Make sure you dont have medical condition such as Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) or hyperthyroidism. An electrocardiogram and blood test will able to identify these issues. Consider talking to your PCP. Wish you a good luck ...Read more

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My heart started pounding in my chest and rate sped up. My glucose was 54. I'm not diabetic but hypoglycemic. Why does the heart pound like that?

My heart started pounding in my chest and rate sped up. My glucose was 54. I'm not diabetic but hypoglycemic. Why does the heart pound like that?

Adrenaline: When the blood sugar/glucose drops lower than what the body is used to, the pancreas releases a hormone called glucagon to help raise the glucose back up. One action of glucagon is to cause the adrenal glands to release adrenaline which can cause shakiness, palpitations (heart pounding and/or racing), sweating, feeling lightheaded, headaches, and nausea. Not everyone gets all these all the time. ...Read more

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Palpitations with a burst of fast heart beats while blowing up pool float. Happens right after I stop blowing. Thought this was suppose to slow hr?

Palpitations with a burst of fast heart beats while blowing up pool float. Happens right after I stop blowing. Thought this was suppose to slow hr?

Normal response: Not sure where you got that information. As we expend energy in any form we require increased blood flow, to in this case the chest wall muscles and diaphragm, to keep them fed and oxygenated. One of the ways our body does this is by increasing the heart rate just like it does if you start running or perform any other activity, even digesting food expends energy. ...Read more

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I'm having chest pains on the left side (breast area).. I checked my blood pressure & heart rate-normal what could this be? I had the school nurse check my blood pressure and my heart rate and it was both normal. We even did some pulling exercises to chec

I'm having chest pains on the left side (breast area).. I checked my blood pressure & heart rate-normal what could this be? I had the school nurse check my blood pressure and my heart rate and it was both normal. We even did some pulling exercises to chec

Hello. : Hello. I can't diagnose the cause of the pain in the area of your left breast. I noted that you tagged this as cardiology, which suggests that you are concerned about your heart. I will list some of the symptoms of a mycocardial infarction (heart attack). Chest pain, tightness, squeezing or fullness is the most common presentation. However the pain can also present in the upper back, the upper middle abdomen, jaw, head, teeth or in the arms (left more than right). One could have nausea, vomiting or it could feel like indigestion or heartburn. Feeling short of breath, sweating and just feeling out of sorts can also occur. About a fourth of people have no significant symptoms during a heart attack. I don't hear you describing this constellation of symptoms. Just because you were not able to reproduce the pain doesn't necessarily mean that it is not of a musculoskeletal origin. Your symptoms are very - nonspecific, so there are many possible causes. Being a single mother is terrifically stressful, if you feel stressed consider deep breathing exercises. It is very fast and very effective, breath in deeply and slowly through your nose. Raise your arms so that you can more fully fill the lungs, hold for a five count. Exhale slowly through your mouth. Do this about 12 times, it can be remarkably calming. If you find that the pain is not resolving or is recurring, would recommed evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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What BP levels could be dangerous and dissection my aorta? Short term? I got up to 190 in a stress test. Max HR were 196

What BP levels could be dangerous and dissection my aorta? Short term? I got up to 190 in a stress test. Max HR were 196

Normal: That's a normal BP for a stress test. Also, at 23, your maximum predicted HR is 197, so you were at 99% of your MPHR-that's good! There is no BP that will predictably cause an aortic dissection. If your aorta is severely dilated or you have Marfan's Syndrome, it can dissect with a normal BP. BP >240 systolic or >130 diastolic is generally considered to be elevated sufficiently to cause adverse sx. ...Read more

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How could i detox my system of crack cocaine fast?

How could i detox my system of crack cocaine fast?

You can't: Cocaine leaves the body very quickly, within hours of taking it (and actually is converted to its metabolites in the bloodstream within minutes - which is why it is so short-acting). The metabolites are not active, other than the combination product with alcohol (cocaethylene), which is more toxic and longer-acting than Cocaine itself. The metabolites leave the body in 3 days, nothing speeds it up. ...Read more

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I keep on having these suction like feelings in my chest which only like seconds, its definitely is my heart as i check my pulse while it happen. PVC?

I keep on having these suction like feelings in my chest which only like seconds, its definitely is my heart as i check my pulse while it happen. PVC?

Sure could be!: Either PVCs or PACs. In your age group (24), PACs are much more common, but only a rhythm strip can distinguish them as they feel the same. ...Read more