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Doctor insights on: Has Anyone Had A Heart Attack While Taking A Stress Test

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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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Does poor r wave progressive and nonspecific st&t adnormal waves mean you had a heart attack. The findings were from a nuclear stress test.

Not specific: Poor r wave progression is a nonspecific finding. It can be caused by conduction defects , anterior myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, pathological conditions and lead misplacemement. This finding can only be suggestive, further evaluation should be done to determine the cause. ...Read more

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35 M with no fam his non smoker normal BP, normal chol and neg stress test in jan. Should I be worried about heart attack within the next few years?

35 M with no fam his non smoker normal BP, normal chol and neg stress test in jan. Should I be worried about heart attack within the next few years?

Probably not,: assuming you are not diabetic. You are doing all the right things, and presumably have a doctor if you start to develop any symptoms. Do add exercise to your regimen if you haven't already. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from a heart attack during a dobutamine stress test?

Is it possible to die from a heart attack during a dobutamine stress test?

Rarely, but Yes: All types of stress test have risks, including the rare risk of death. Other risks include arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, palpitations, COPD or asthma exacerbation, and passing out. Fortunately most are rare. ...Read more

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How reassured (typically that is) should one feel about the possibility of a heart attack after receiving a negative nuclear stress test result?

How reassured (typically that is) should one feel about the possibility of a heart attack after receiving a negative nuclear stress test result?

Not perfect: It is reassuring but not perfect. The nuclear study relies on differential distribution of blood flow and the dye. Most CAD show distribution in vessels unequally, therefore, the dye will be distributed unequally. If there is diffuse disease, the distribution could be equal and will miss the differential and will read as no disease. Talk to your md or cardiologist if in doubt of symptoms. ...Read more

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46 yr old. Normal nuclear stress test 2011, norm exercise test 2012, 6/6/13 no blockages seen on heart cath. Do I have to worry about heart attack?

46 yr old. Normal nuclear stress test 2011, norm exercise test 2012,  6/6/13 no blockages seen on heart cath.  Do I have to worry about heart attack?

Heart cath: The answer lies in why you had a heart cath if all of your non-invasive studies were truly normal. I suspect that there were abnormalities that prompted the cath. ...Read more

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I am 41 yr old woman.Taking blood pressure med. stress test EKG chst xray normal. Still have anxiety about heart attack. ?

 I am  41 yr old woman.Taking blood pressure med.  stress test EKG chst xray normal. Still have anxiety about heart attack. ?

Stress test normal: If your stress test is normal at your young age then it is a pretty good sign that your heart is healthy at this point. The best things you can do to keep your heart healthy are to manage the risk factors for heart disease:keep BP normal, don't smoke, exercise regularly, keep cholesterol normal, manage sugars if diabetic, and eat a healthy diet. If anxiety is an issue try counseling or meditating. ...Read more

Stress Test (Definition)

A stress test is a cardiac test which can include walking on a treadmill and monitoring your heart while you are walking. They can also inject you with a nuclear material and do a more comprehensive scan on your heart to check for blockage. They can also do a chemical stress test which omits the need to ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is 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