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Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack or angina?

Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack or angina?

Not by itself: Stress does contribute to heart attacks, but does not directly cause them. Family history, diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia and smoking are the known risk factors. Occasionally, even people without CAD will feel tightness in their chest when anxious, hyperventilating, or tightening their musculature. Of course, if their is any question, one should seek care by their pcp or er. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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Does or can anxiety mimic heart proplems like angina or heart attack?

Does or can anxiety mimic heart proplems like angina or heart attack?

Actually, yes: It's amazing what anxiety can do! Have medical tests and if results are negative for lung problems or heart issues - it leaves anxiety as a prime suspect. The good news will be that 1. you now know'll you are healthy in important ways and 2. CBT therapy works well for learning anxiety mgmt skills. It's a good thing! ...Read more

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Heart attack or anxiety attack, what's the difference?

Heart attack or anxiety attack, what's the difference?

Difference....: In a heart attack, there is no blood flow to a portion of the heart muscle and damage to the heart can occur. Symptoms include chest pain that can go to the left arm or jaw, shortness of breath, sweating, etc. In an anxiety attack, there is normal blood flow to the heart and the person feels anxious and may have similar symptoms of a heart attack. An ekg is sometimes needed to tell the difference. ...Read more

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What's the difference between heart attack and anxiety panic attack symptoms?

What's the difference between heart attack and anxiety panic attack symptoms?

Panic attacks: Panic attacks are psychologic reactions which can have symptoms which mimic those of heart attack. A real heart attack is caused by a heart blood vessel blocking off and damaging a part of the heart. Heart attack can be fatal. Panic attack usually isn't fatal but can be psychologically incapacitating. ...Read more

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Symptom of stroke or heart attack?

Symptom of stroke or heart attack?

what's the question?: Apologies, but what exactly are you asking? If you are concerned about either and feel that you have symptoms, you need to go to the emergency room or see your pcp to be examined. ...Read more

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Would gas or heartburn cause anxiety or panic attacks?

Would gas or heartburn cause anxiety or panic attacks?

No: But when you're anxious, a lot of normal physical sensations can be misinterpreted as something wrong. Get checked by your doctor and consider counseling for the anxiety. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you get shock during panic attack anxiety attack anixety racing heart high blood pressure ?

Unlikely: Panic attacks will not cause going into shock by themselves. They cause most people to go to ERs. Where a. Adria. Work up usuLly shows no problem. Learn relaxation exercises, meditation and similar tech iques ...Read more

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Do panic attacks cause pulmonary hypertension? Or could pulmonary hypertension cause panic attacks?

Do panic attacks cause pulmonary hypertension? Or could pulmonary hypertension cause panic attacks?

No and yes: Panic attacks, while frightening cannot cause any disease themselves. Pulmonary hypertension is a chronic heart/lung disease which develops over years. Any disease process which causes shortness of breath can trigger panic attacks in people who are prone. Panic attacks are an inappropriate triggering of the system which helps us recognize when we are in danger, so shortness of breath can trip it. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack?

Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack?

Yes: Yes, severe anxiety can cause a silent heart attack, especially if you have neuropathy due to diabetes or if you are distracted by other pains or are taking pain medications. ...Read more

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Can GERD cause panic or anxiety symptoms?

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Can GERD cause panic or anxiety symptoms?

Yes: Here and anxiety have a close relationship. For many. It can be a chicken and egg question about which came first. Certainly treat both.Many people i see have done well to treat the gerd with meds and the anxiety with psychotherapy. ...Read more

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How can I discriminate if I have panic attack or angina attack? Both include chest discomfort, rapid or irregular heart beat and anxiety.

How can I discriminate if I have panic attack or angina attack? Both include chest discomfort, rapid or irregular heart beat and anxiety.

Cardiac Evaluation: One condition is potentially life threatening, angina, and the other is not. You should be evaluated by a physician to exclude life threatening causes of chest pain with testing such as an EKG, labs, and stress test. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause problems even if ur heart never races. Like can u have anxiety issue without rapid heart rate or panic attack?

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

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Could panic attacks cause broken heart syndrome?

Could panic attacks cause broken heart syndrome?

I's not sure: What you mean by broken heart syndrome. It sounds like someone being upset about the end of a relationship. I doubt that it has anything to do with panic attacks. ...Read more

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Can a panic attack or anxiety damage your brain?

Can a panic attack or anxiety damage your brain?

Anxiety: If you learn how to manage your anxiety you should not experience brain damage. Anxiety and stress does release stress hormones, if this is an excessive occurrence these hormones can kill neurons in the part of the brain that controls memory function. This is not likely however, so focus on learning how to manage anxiety. Consult a mental health professional for help in accomplishing this goal. ...Read more

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What are heart attack symptoms?

What are heart attack symptoms?

Please see below: Many. Chest pain, diaphoresis, shortness of breath etc. ...Read more

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How are an anxiety attack and a panic attack different?

How are an anxiety attack and a panic attack different?

Basically the same: The dsm (manuel used to diagnose psychiatric illnesses) uses the word panic attack to describe the acute (sudden) onset of extreme anxiety 'out of the blue'. It is part of the diagnosis of panic disorder. Anxiety attack would be a more general word used in conversation. Of note there is also a diagnosis called "generalized anxiety disorder" which describes low grade, daily worry and anxiety. ...Read more

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Can you have anxiety attacks without racing heart?

Can you have anxiety attacks without racing heart?

Yes: A racing heart is not an essential panic symptom, especially if you have a condition or are taking meds that control heart rate. An overwhelming feeling of panic, rapid breathing, weakness in limbs, butterflies in stomach, difficulty focusing, a desire to run, or feeling like you wish to jump out of your skin are common. See a provider for a workup if you are worried. Anxiety can be treated. ...Read more

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Can klonopin (clonazepam) cause heart problems or a heart attack?

Can klonopin (clonazepam) cause heart problems or a heart attack?

It's not an attack: A fairly rare, but reported side effect can be fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse and you need to tell your Dr ASAP and find alternative ways to deal w/ your anxiety. But it is NOT a heart attack. Take it seriously, but it will not be fatal. Please consider a really good CBT therapist you can work w/ and trust to learn how to manage anxiety - even if you find another pill. ...Read more

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How can panic attack cause heart attack/arrest?

How can panic attack cause heart attack/arrest?

It does not : Panic attacks do not cause heart attacks. According to the nimh, panic disorder is one of the most treatable of the anxiety disorders, responding in most cases to medication or cognitive psychotherapy. People often ask if panic attacks cause death. No, they do not. ...Read more

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What's the difference between heart attack and anxiety panic attack symptoms?

Panic attacks: Panic attacks are psychologic reactions which can have symptoms which mimic those of heart attack. A real heart attack is caused by a heart blood vessel blocking off and damaging a part of the heart. Heart attack can be fatal. Panic attack usually isn't fatal but can be psychologically incapacitating. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart are blocked so that the heart is no longer ...Read more