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How does epilepsy and seizures affect your heart?

How does epilepsy and seizures affect your heart?

Sudden death in epi: During a seizure like tonic clonic heart rate and BP increase-- so depending on duration of seizure and its cause the effect on heart may be none or serious some seizures in sleep cause death either from vomiting aspiration, or heart irregularities. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of consciousness. " ...Read more


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Does being on atenolol cause seizures or epilepsy? I was on atenolol for a long time and experienced a seizure and slow heart beat.

Does being on atenolol cause seizures or epilepsy? I was on atenolol for a long time and experienced a seizure and slow heart beat.

Seizures: 'opinion not a decision'. Every shake is not a seizure; all seizures do not shake. Seizures have many causes including: alcohol and alcohol withdrawal; drugs; prescribed medications; brain injury; stroke; brain tumor; family history; atenolol has a potential to cause slow heart rate and decreased blood pressure. A combination may induce syncope. Syncope may mimic seizures. Get a checkup. ...Read more

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My toddler has heart problems. She had about 5 seizures in the past. This seizure was caused by low sugar and febrile does she have epilepsy?

My toddler has heart problems. She had about 5 seizures in the past. This seizure was caused by low sugar and febrile does she have epilepsy?

See below: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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How can epileptic seizures affect the heart?

How can epileptic seizures affect the heart?

By causing a strain: Seizures do not directly effect the heart, but the intense muscle movements and the resulting strain puts a burden on the heart. During a seizure a patient may seem to turn blue. This results from the body shunting blood from the skin to the core organs like the heart to provide sufficient oxygen. Even though the patient seems blue, they are usually breathing shallowly. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how epileptic seizures affect the heart?

Can you tell me how epileptic seizures affect the heart?

Indirectly: A generalized concussion can be associated with increase in blood pressure and increase in pulse. Would be unusual for a heart attack in most cases, but brief cardiac arrythmias have been seen during seizure activity. ...Read more

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Smartband recorded high heartrate @ sleep. Atleast 150+ lasting 40 minutes. Seizure disorder or HEART? Upon wake-up felt like seizure.

Fast heart rate: Is not usually a sign of seizure, and it can happen all on its own. There's no reason a fast heart rate it should have awakened you unless there was pain. You probably had an episode of tachycardia. If it was a seizure, you might have found that the bed was wet, or some damage to your tongue or teeth. If concerned, though, see a doctor to evaluate you for seizures in the wake of TBI. ...Read more

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How do epileptic seizures affect the heart? How do epileptic seizures affect the heart? I have weekly seizures for about 1-2 years. Should I also be concerned with other symptoms that can affect my body? I also have problems controlling my hands, dyslexi

How do epileptic seizures affect the heart? How do epileptic seizures affect the heart? I have weekly seizures for about 1-2 years. Should I also be concerned with other symptoms that can affect my body? I also have problems controlling my hands, dyslexi

Seizures: Seizures can do two things to the heart. First, during the seizure, they can make the heart go either too fast or too slow. This is because they can activate the autonomic nervous system that controls heart rate. This is usually not dangerous unless your seizures make your heart slow down too much or stop, which does happen to some people. The second thing is more concerning: in people with uncontrolled seizures, there is a disease called sudep --"sudden unexplained death in epilepsy." for reasons we don't understand, people just die with no cause. We think it is because the heart stops. The scary thing is that out of 1000 people having seizures, somewhere between 1 and 5 of them will die every year. That is why we try to stop all seizures in our patients. You should not just accept having 1 per week. ...Read more

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Can keppra cause heart issues? Also- can ambiguous epilepsy (frontal lobe so didn't show up on eeg) be caused by pfo heart? Or does successful treatment with keppra rule that out?

Can keppra cause heart issues? Also- can ambiguous epilepsy (frontal lobe so didn't show up on eeg) be caused by pfo heart? Or does successful treatment with keppra rule that out?

No: Keppra does not usually cause heart concerns, frontal lobe lesions can still show on eeg but a normal eeg does not rule out epilepsy. PFO does not cause epilepsy unless it contributes to a stroke. Keppra is an anti-epileptic so it treats seizures but doesn’t rule out cause of the seizures. ...Read more

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Can depression cause severe illnesses such as Schizophrenia, dementia, epilepsy, insomnia, or any types of long term or short term heart problems?

Can depression cause severe illnesses such as Schizophrenia, dementia, epilepsy, insomnia, or any types of long term or short term heart problems?

Multiple questions: Hi, Thank you for your question. Depression can be a part of the other problems you suggested but it won't directly cause anything else (maybe insomnia). Depression on its own won't cause heart problems. Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M ...Read more

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I've had about 12 seizures and we still don't know what's causing them. Can seizures possibly be caused by something wrong with the heart?

I've had about 12 seizures and we still don't know what's causing them. Can seizures possibly be caused by something wrong with the heart?

Complex issue: Seizures are an event of the brain that may be caused by poor heart function or may itself cause poor heart function. Detailed monitoring of cardiac function before, during and after a seizure can be very revealing, but may still not really answer the question. Careful heart evaluation and careful brain evaluation must both be done. Talk to your doctor about sudep. ...Read more

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How do a heart attack and a heart seizure differ?

How do a heart attack and a heart seizure differ?

Continuum: Angina can be quite severe and respond to rest, oxygen, nitroglycerin. And fully recover with no muscle death. The pain fibers are the same source. Some myocardial infarction can be asymptomatic all the way to the worst, ominous, pain ever! There is heart muscle death as the defining entity may need surgery or intervention seizure could also mean an arrythmia? ...Read more

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Can a heart murmur cause a seizure in 1 year olds?

Can a heart murmur cause a seizure in 1 year olds?

No: A murmur is a physical and not a disease. Its audible turbulence. It can be from a valve problem, shunt, fever, etc its not the murmur that caused the seizure its the underlying problem that caused both. Would need more info to be more specific. ...Read more

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How do I know if I'm experiencing a heart attack or a seizure?

See a doctor: In general seizures and heart attacks have very different symptoms. Anyone concerned that they are having a heart attack or seizure should been evaluated by a doctor in a setting where they have access to the appropriate tests (ie. Ekg, lab, ct scanner etc. Etc.) and can initiate treatment if needed. ...Read more

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Could you potentially have seizures because of heart conditions?

Yes, but it's rare: The only particularly common way for this to happen is if you have a heart rhythm that causes loss of blood flow to the brain. This then can trigger a seizure or seizure-like activity. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a heart seizure and a heart attack?

What is the difference between a heart seizure and a heart attack?

Laymen terms: Heart attack and heart seizure are general laymen terms. Heart attack refer to the injury of heart muscle due to blockage of one of the vessels in the heart - ischemia. Heart seizure refer to the heart arrhythmia - irregular heart beat, which sometimes can lead to cardiac arrest (like ventricular fibrillation). ...Read more

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It could be possible that a seizure cause a heart murmur to get worse?

It could be possible that a seizure cause a heart murmur to get worse?

During or after?: Theoretically it could make murmur worse during if hypertension results but in general...No. ...Read more

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Can problems with your heart cause pseudo seizures? Please answer ASAP

Can problems with your heart cause pseudo seizures? Please answer ASAP

No: Pseudoseizure are caused by various triggers depending on the patient.Stress due work, family relationships, academic stress loneliness...If is best to make an appointment with a psychiatrist to assist you in overcoming the issue. Get help dear you are only 23.Good luck. ...Read more

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What should a 30yo be more worried about a seizure, heart attack or stroke? Which is more likely to happen

What should a 30yo be more worried about a seizure, heart attack or stroke? Which is more likely to happen

Heart: Seizures would be unusual at adult unless trauma, tumor, stroke heart and stroke have similar risk factors of atherosclerosis and personal behavior no smoking regular exercize weight control monitor cholesterol and blood pressure see simple seven at aha web site. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more