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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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Been sleeping only 3-5 hrs a night for about 3 weeks now..Worried about heart..Ekg.Echo.Stress test.Blood work normal..Worried about chd and sca?!

Been sleeping only 3-5 hrs a night for about 3 weeks now..Worried about heart..Ekg.Echo.Stress test.Blood work normal..Worried about chd and sca?!

Celebrate life: Don't waste your youth worrying about such things! we know what causes sudden death. The studies you have undergone have excluded them. Exercise every day, don't smoke, don't use illegal drugs, don't drink and drive, and obey the speed limit. Live life enthusiastically. ...Read more

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I have dysautonomia and woke up short of breath-i can walk and all just feel like need more air, this happened b4 had spiral ct/xray chest, and heart echos/stress test evthing ok, but how can I help it?

I have dysautonomia and woke up short of breath-i can walk and all just feel like need more air, this happened b4 had spiral ct/xray chest, and heart echos/stress test evthing ok, but how can I help it?

SOB during sleep: Dysautonomia is hard to link to shortness of breath that awakens you from sleep. Do you have asthma/ reactive airway disease, obstructive sleep apnea, or environmental allergies? Perhaps, ask your doctor about ruling out these breathing conditions, or consult a pulmonologist. Meanwhile, try sleeping on your side or stomach rather than your back. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can be the cause of high blood pressure when you have a normal heart echo and stress test any suggestions what to look for?

What can be the cause of high blood pressure when you have a normal heart echo and stress test any suggestions what to look for?

Genetics and diet: Essential hypertension is probably genetic, but too much sodium in your diet, lack of exercise and excessive alcohol intake can all add to difficulty controlling blood pressure. One other cause is obstructive sleep apnea. Resistent hypertension can often be linked to untreated sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor on this site refer me to an oncologist after I asked why I saw dark spots on my heart during a echo stress test?

Why would a doctor on this site refer me to an oncologist after I asked why I saw dark spots on my heart during a echo stress test?

Dark spots?: Hopefully you had normal cardiac function on the stress echocardiogram test. Sometimes an echocardiogram will show "dark spots" near the heart. These might be enlarged lymph nodes that should be evaluated by additional studies (CAT scan of the chest) and it is also reasonable to see an oncologist since there is a slight chance the lymph nodes could represent lymphoma. ...Read more

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Every night my heart rate comes up a little up to 85bpm. Normal heart after EKG echo stress test. Dr says it can be acid reflux or anxiety every night?

Every night my heart rate comes up a little up to 85bpm. Normal heart after EKG echo stress test. Dr says it can be acid reflux or anxiety every night?

Not abnormal: This is not an abnormal heart rate. When you say at night I assume you mean when you lie down to go to sleep. I suspect it is related to psychological issues and is not a sign of a heart condition. Your heart is responding to the messages it is receiving from you mind and body as it should. ...Read more

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If I have had heart echo and stress test can I still have a heart problem? I exercise and get a faint feeling and only 37 doc says to load up on fluid and salt but I get scared to exercise bc I fear hearty disease

If I have had heart echo and stress test can I still have a heart problem? I exercise and get a faint feeling and only 37 doc says to load up on fluid and salt but I get scared to exercise bc I fear hearty disease

Fear of heart diseas: If you have been checked by a cardioloogist and told you are free of heart disease then the fear of heart disease becomes a significant problem and can cause symptoms. Talking with a psychologist or reading about getting over fears (phobia) will help you. This is a common problem--look for support groups concerning getting over fears. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Echo (Definition)

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen ...Read more