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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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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

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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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The stress test that my dad took revealed possible blocked arteries. Are there any minimumally invasive procedures available to confirm this?

The stress test that my dad took revealed possible blocked arteries. Are there any minimumally invasive procedures available to confirm this?

Procedures: We have many different forms of tests which can be done if appropriate. If your Dad has no symptoms, he may not need a lot of further testing. Discuss with your Dad's doctor. ...Read more

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Yesterday morning I began feeling sick and short of breath, my dad said heat stress, today I feel better but still a bit sick, is it heat stress tho?

Yesterday morning I began feeling sick and short of breath, my dad said heat stress, today I feel better but still a bit sick, is it heat stress tho?

Without being able: to see you and obtain a history and physical examination it would be impossible to diagnose you over the internet. There are many things including heat stress that could cause your symptoms. Make an appointment with a health care provider for an assessment if the symptoms persist. ...Read more

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For 2 weeks I feel dizzy when get/move up; happens only 1x every 2 days. At home dad, a bit stressed to find a job and with tough marriage situation.

For 2 weeks I feel dizzy when get/move up; happens only 1x every 2 days. At home dad, a bit stressed to find a job and with tough marriage situation.

Dizzy with movement: You need a Vestibular exam by ENT. Do you have any earache, ear fullness, decreased hearing acuity? any recent head trauma? any new medications? is the dizzyness reproducible when you turn to the same side (turning in bed) or move your head in the same direction (looking up)? you may have Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. An ENT can diagnose and possibly treat with repositioning maneuver. ...Read more

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Grew up without mom so during puberty i ate junk food, i'm 5'7 my dad's 5'9.Use to smoke water pipe for 2.5 years between 16-18.Stunted growth? Stress

Grew up without mom so during puberty i ate junk food, i'm 5'7 my dad's 5'9.Use to smoke water pipe for 2.5 years between 16-18.Stunted growth? Stress

Not necessarily: 5'7" is not necessarily stunted growth. Most people will be as tall as their parents give or take 2 inches. You do recognize that you had some unhealthy habits in your teens...Boys grow til 20 and some into their 20s. Good nutrition, stopped smoking good food can help. Also consider seeing a chinese medicine practitioner as you may find that to be helpful as well. ...Read more

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My92year old dad with heart problems seems so exhausted he went through stress tests and waiting for results/what can I expect?

My92year old dad with heart problems seems so exhausted he went through stress tests and waiting for results/what can I expect?

Expect reality: Your dad saw radio started by marconi, he watched fdr win 4 presidential races, the new deal organized & instituted, social security formed, he watched ww i vets march for benefits, he watched america begin new jobs with the wpa, he has survived umpteen presidents & 7 major wars. He is a great son of the 20th century, and will take the news, whatever it is, as man who is in extra innings. ...Read more

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No mom since 3yo, grew with dad only during puberty, ate junk food alot, stress a lot, delay puberty, smoked hookah for 2y, 5'7, dad's 5'9, stunted growth?

No mom since 3yo, grew with dad only during puberty, ate junk food alot, stress a lot, delay puberty, smoked hookah for 2y, 5'7, dad's 5'9, stunted growth?

Height growth: Height growth can be a product of genetics as well as environmental factors. There isn't much you can do to change the past, but you can focus on being healthy now. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, get adequate sleep and avoid drugs/alcohol/and smoking. Some boys have a second smaller growth spurt after their teens, but that depends mostly on family history. ...Read more

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My dad, 64 y.O.Mostly healthy, x-smoker(3mon)had stress test 3day ago&exerted himself in very dry room.Since then, feels he can't get enough air/s.O.B, tight chest, dry cough.Pneumonia, panic, something else?

My dad, 64 y.O.Mostly healthy, x-smoker(3mon)had stress test 3day ago&exerted himself in very dry room.Since then, feels he can't get enough air/s.O.B, tight chest, dry cough.Pneumonia, panic, something else?

See a doctor: Those symptoms may be signs of something significantly wrong. One cannot tell without a complete history, physical and possible lab/imaging tests. Follow with a doctor promptly. Things that can cause pains in chest and abdomen include heartburn, pneumonia, gallbladder problems, liver disease, kidney problems, heart attacks, or blood clots. ...Read more

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Chest pain that started the night my dad had open heart surgery. I had stress tests and everything says I'm fine. Still have chest pain. Just anxiety?

Chest pain that started the night my dad had open heart surgery. I had stress tests and everything says I'm fine. Still have chest pain. Just anxiety?

Most likely: Chest pain in a 23 year old is very unusual for it to be the real thing -- i.e. Coronary artery disease from cholesterol build-up. Probably is anxiety as u know your dad had CABG. BUT if you are diabetic and/or known obesity and/or excess LDL, then chest pain can be real. BUT if you are healthy, young, fit individual without major risk factors then ought not to be coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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