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Does Being Overweight Cause Heart Attacks
Can anxiety induced palpitations cause a fatal heart attack? 26 years old. No known heart issues. I am an on/off smoker though and slightly overweight
Can anxiety cause problems even if ur heart never races. Like can u have anxiety issue without rapid heart rate or panic attack?
Yes you can: Some anxiety manifests more in worrying, tension, insomnia, etc, rather than physical symptoms like fast heart rate. Physical symptoms like that and others (including fatigue and headache) are still very common. You don't have to have panic attacks for anxiety to bother you either. Help is available if you work with a psychologist who understands these things, or a psychiatrist too. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can having panic attacks everyday, which raise my heart rate cause me to have a weak heart? I'm 19 and fit
Complex question: The increase body mass, increase o2 consumption and increase co2 production will produce an increase minute ventilation to maintain normocapnia. Obese patients will increase mv by rapid shallow breaths. Increase heart rate is multifactorial but one explanation will be that any increase in cardiac output by severily obese person will be achieve mainly by increasing heart rate. ...Read more
Can panic attack lead to: a) stroke or heart attack due to either hbp being too high at that moment or my heart rate being too too fast? Help
Needs to be high: At 32 years provided you are not morbidly obese severely diabetic or have cardiac issues its unlikely. The panic would have to have your heart beating at almost 200 and your BP would have to be quite high. If you are having a lot of panic attacks speak to your doctor, neurologist, psychiatrist and they may be able to prescribe a medication to stabilize these events. ...Read more
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
Can anxiety attacks that cause pounding heart and palpitations cause damage to the heart and lead to heart failure since they are intense?
Not immediately: Also, mot in the near future, but it does take a toll on your entire body including cardiovascular health. It's a good reason to find a good CBT therapist and learn how to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety. So, don't add another cause for anxiety - instead start to correct the problem. Life will be better overall. ...Read more
It's said that anxiety can develop heart diseases. In both the anxiety and exercise, heart beats go up but why can anxiety cause disease?
Primarily associated: with chronic anger/hostility along with life changes, both bad (& less so) good ones. Anxiety/fear associations have not held up. Primary documented physiologic drivers are lipoproteins (not cholesterol), blood sugar >low normal, chronic resting systolic BPs >120, smoking & other less freq issues. Ds progresses over decades & ?ed pulse pressure (exercise & anger) ?es incidence of plaque ruptures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
During a panic attack, my heart rate can get up to 150 or 160. I'm 21. Is this dangerous? Could it cause heart damage/arrest?
No: But you need to control the panic attacks as they are a very serious condition that will probably require help. Seek help as you may not be able to control them yourself. Counseling, relaxation techniques and medications may be all needed. Please do it soon since panic attacks can take over your life. ...Read more
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
Can dysautomonia cause panic attack like symptoms with high heart rate (up to 185bpm)? If so, why does this occur?
Stress really cause heart disease?I understand stress causing MI in person with underlying disease.But how can mood cause fat to deposit in arteries?
See below: Stress can affect your mood which can influence your immune and endocrine systems. Negative emotions can increase cytokines and other pro-inflammatory agents making blood vessels more susceptible to disease caused by cholesterol deposits and other substances. Poor diet, smoking and lack of exercise can worsen the problem. ...Read more
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