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Does any of these factors like stress, anxiety, tension, depression or smoking can cause dilated cardiomyopathy ?

Does any of these factors like stress, anxiety, tension, depression or smoking can cause dilated cardiomyopathy ?

Dilated Heart: No. The causes of dilated cardiomyopathy include damage to the heart from a heart attack due to atherosclerotic cardiac disease which affects the heart muscle or vessels to the heart. Other causes include certain infections and drugs such as Cocaine and alcohol. Certain medications can also cause this condition. Anxiety or stress do not cause this. ...Read more

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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How do you know if you have cancer that is caused by stress and depression?

How do you know if you have cancer that is caused by stress and depression?

Stress/Depression: There is no causal link between stress and depression, but stress certainly lowers your immunity and makes you more susceptible to illnesses. ...Read more

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Will cymbalta (duloxetine) help me with depression and anxiety caused by lymphoma and the cancer treatment? I feel really stressed out

Good chances: There's reason to hope that it will and many alternatives to try if it doesn't. There's also - and I believe this is most important - supportive/coaching psychotherapy with a specialist Health Psychologist. Your cancer Dr may be able to refer you but they really make a difference!Of course this is crazy stressful in many ways. It's worth getting ALL the help you can. I hope all goes well ! ...Read more

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What is the evidence that supports chronic and severe depression and stress increasing ones risk of developing cancer?

What is the evidence that supports chronic and severe depression and stress increasing ones risk of developing cancer?

The risk is low.: As i discuss in my book, "a cancer prevention guide for the human race, " breast cancer risk may be slightly increased with chronic depression, but the evidence for this is rather weak (and evidence that chronic depression and stress causes other cancers is even weaker). People who engage in activities known to increase cancer risk, because they're stressed, can increase their cancer risk, though. ...Read more

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Depression stress my brother died 8 years ago he was 16 i was 15 then my father was diagnosed with cancer twice?

I would recommend: You see you doctor to rule out any physical cause of depression. I would also recommend that you see a psychiatrist for medication for what may be a mixture of posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. Psychotherapy can be determined by the psychiatrist. Prolonged grief especially at the age that you were at when these events happened often has the tendency to act more like ptsd chemically and in response to medication. Best wishes and sorry to hear about the tragedies in your life. ...Read more

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I'm 6 months pregnant & just found out my dad has cancer.Im always stressed, depressed and tired.Can this affect my baby?

Talk Much/Talk Often: When events typically thought 2 bring joy occur alongside events that typically bring sorrow, we can feel desperately overwhelmed & disoriented. Reminiscent of those escher drawings: u follow a staircase up & then suddenly feel ur perspective shift & so u now follow those stairs down. Consider talking much, often. “there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” - maya angelou. ...Read more

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Can terrible anxiety and depression cause weight loss? I've lost around 4-5 kilos (91->86/87) been constantlz under anxiety for 2 months. fear cancer.

Can terrible anxiety and depression cause weight loss? I've lost around 4-5 kilos (91->86/87) been constantlz under anxiety for 2 months. fear cancer.

Absolutely: Both anxiety and depression can lead to rapid weight loss as a result of fear, preoccupation, and loss of appetite. However, you can never be certain about this until you visit you primary care doc and talk about your concerns. Be sure to mention any physical issues that may be leading you to fear cancer besides your weight loss. Go soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can depression pills Wellbutrin (bupropion) SR cause Breast Cancer or any other Cancer?

Can depression pills Wellbutrin (bupropion) SR cause Breast Cancer or any other Cancer?

No known connection: There is no known connection between Wellbutrin (bupropion) and BC. In fact, many oncologists prescribe specifically Wellbutrin (bupropion) a it's not an SSRI and works with dopamine instead. However, Wellbutrin (bupropion) affects the metabolism of tamoxifen, and should be avoided if you use tamoxifen. This is general information. Please consult your doctor for more specific answers, as they depend on your health history and so on ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more