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Doctor insights on: Dad Watches Cnbc All Day And Gets Stressed What Can I Do

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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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I'm helping my dad with his high levels of stress. What should I do?

I'm helping my dad with his high levels of stress. What should I do?

Agree w Dr. Pappas.: You can also provide basic info about healthy lifestyle. Like aiming for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eating healthfully. Cutting out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). He might benefit from meditation or yoga. ...Read more

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My dad seems like he's constantly stressed, he yells a lot around the house. How can i relieve his stress, and prevent and stress related problems?

My dad seems like he's constantly stressed, he yells a lot around the house. How can i relieve his stress, and prevent and stress related problems?

Therapy +/- meds: Most men manifest their depression and anxiety via anger. I would recommend that you encourage him to pursue therapy first. Depending on the severity of his condition he may also need medication. I know it won't be easy but this is the best thing you can do for him at this time. ...Read more

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Dad did well on a stress test. But how are vulnerable plaques checked for? I heard these dont show up on stress test. And i want to make sure no risk

Dad did well on a stress test. But how are vulnerable plaques checked for? I heard these dont show up on stress test. And i want to make sure no risk

No such thing: It's hard to hear, but the truth: there is never a way to say there is "no risk". If you are worried about heart disease, then focus on prevention to reduce the risk. Heart disease is preventable with a healthy diet and not smoking. Every day is a chance to make healthier choices. Avoid red and processed meats. Limit cheese and dairy products. Get regular aerobic exercise. Don't smoke. ...Read more

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My dad has hbp, it is maintained, but sometimes his BP spikes immediately from stress. Aside from meds, does celery really help?

My dad has hbp, it is maintained, but sometimes his BP spikes immediately from stress. Aside from meds, does celery really help?

MIGHT help some: Celery supposedly helps decrease blood pressure by two effects, by dilating the arteries, and by increasing urine output (diuretic effect). To my knowledge it has not been tested in a scientific way (please chip anyone who knows that it has) for bp. It could have a placebo effect, where it helps relieve your father's stress knowing that he is taking something natural to decrease the bp. ...Read more

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My husband going for nuclear stress test on Mon; his father had a reg stress test and was told all ok passed next day-should husband be worried?

My husband going for nuclear stress test on Mon; his father had a reg stress test and was told all ok passed next day-should husband be worried?

Not necessarily: A stress test is a good test, but it is not perfect. It can detect large coronary artery lesions which cause symptoms, but it is not proof against a heart attack. Even if his stress test is normal, if he should develop severe chest pain or difficulty breathing, go to the ER. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Me and my father lived alone for years, we argued every day almost non-stop. This caused me a lot of stress, could this be the main reason for my a.L.L?

Not likely: Leukemia usually results from a genetic predisposition associated with environmental exposures. Stress should not be involved. Stress should, however, be minimized whenever possible, and you and your father should work with an adviser or clergy to resolve your issues. Stress itself is not good for either of you! ...Read more

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So my dad through a wad of duct tape at me and it hit my right temple. I'm also very stressed and I feel light pressure there but no other symptoms.

So my dad through a wad of duct tape at me and it hit my right temple. I'm also very stressed and I feel light pressure there but no other symptoms.

If you are not safe: While a wad of duct tape does not sound likely to cause a serious injury, if you or someone you know if afraid or feels unsafe at home, there are resources available in every community to help you. For example, the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) can listen and give you some advice. ...Read more

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I have recently been uncontrollably sleeping in stressful situations such as exams, my dad thinks it may be stress induced narcolepsy. Can you help?

I have recently been uncontrollably sleeping in stressful situations such as exams, my dad thinks it may be stress induced narcolepsy. Can you help?

Sleep disorder: Your father may be onto something, but this could also represent a circadian sleep reversal due to studying late. Your response to stress by sleeping is indeed remarkable, and a visit to your local physician could point the way to reversal. ...Read more