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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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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. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...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.

Doubt..: Atenolol is a beta blocker and is used therapeutically for abnormal rapid heart rates and for blood pressure control. It has the potential to drop a heart rate low enough to decrease brain perfusion and cause loss of consciousness and transient "seizure-like" activity. It does not 'cause' epilepsy' though. ...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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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

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


Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures are a clinical finding in which a person with a known seizure disorder (epilepsy) has a seizure (repeated, uncontrolled movement ...Read more