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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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Heart problems I have been having for some time now exhaustion, aching all over my body fatigue, agitation, panic attacks, and lots of daily chest pain I want to know what could be wrong with me some of my ailments include, diabetes, epilepsy, hypertensi

Heart problems I have been having for some time now exhaustion, aching all over my body fatigue, agitation, panic attacks, and lots of daily chest pain I want to know what could be wrong with me some of my ailments include, diabetes, epilepsy, hypertensi

Have it evaluated: A person with chest pain needs to be evaluated and treated appropriately. Multiple possible causes may be: heart attack, esophageal reflux, anxiety, musculoskeletal, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, and aortic dissection. Have it evaluated right away to prevent potential serious complications. ...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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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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Are seizures easily confused with a heart attack? What is the main difference?

Are seizures easily confused with a heart attack? What is the main difference?

No: Ventricular tachycardia can manifest as a seizure. Ventricular tachycardia can happen during or shortly after a heart attack. ...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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What are the signs that someone might be having a heart attack, stroke, seizure, or is fainting. What is the appropriate response?

What are the signs that someone might be having a heart attack, stroke, seizure, or is fainting. What is the appropriate response?

Chest and brain: Heart attack is damage to heart
stroke is damage to brain

some heart attack patients may be from emboli, or have low cardiac output and also damage brain with hypoxia
both have some common risk!
smoking
obesity
high blood pressure
diabetes
hyperlipemia
prevention is best
acute care is an emergency. Call 911, take an Aspirin and go to er. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for heart transplant patients to have seizures for transplant?

Is it unusual for heart transplant patients to have seizures for transplant?

Possible: Not unheard of, but seizures can be caused by many things including prior brain function and certain medications. The list is long, and it is not necessarily related to the heart transplant. ...Read more

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DR ARE TREATING MY NEURONS (BRAIN) BUT SEIZURE COME ON MY HEART/STOMATCH THESE AREAS &THEN I BECOME SENSLESS WHAT SHOULD I DO?????

DR ARE TREATING MY NEURONS (BRAIN) BUT SEIZURE COME ON MY HEART/STOMATCH THESE AREAS &THEN I BECOME SENSLESS WHAT SHOULD I DO?????

Medications adjusted: Seizures only come on from THE BRAIN as we define the term "seizure" but patients may feel as a prelude or aura to a seizure funny sensations in their stomachs, chest and they can tell that a seizure is coming on. You may need an adjustment of your medications. See your doctor. More questions? You may contact me at: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...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 had 2 seizures at 16 none since

What should a 30yo be more worried about a seizure, heart attack or stroke? Which is more likely to happen had 2 seizures at 16 none since

None: Seizures with fever are not uncommon but worth following up.
Risk reduction strategy from aha
no smoking
weight control
check BP and blood fats lipids
regular cardiovascular exercise. ...Read more

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Is serotonin syndrome temporary like a heart attack or permanent like a disorder or is it like seizure? With do u need emergency?

Serotonin syndrome: It is a medical emergency requiring a trip to the er and possibly to intensive care. Most people recover. Some die from it if they are not treated soon enough. It is not like a seizure disorder. It is only a recurrent condition if you expose yourself a second time to the drug or drugs that caused it, and I do not know why you would do that. ...Read more

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For the past year, I have had sudden and random chest pains, that feel like my heart is tightening up, and I will get dizzy. I have a history of fainting spells and have had something like pseudo-seizures, they act like seizures, but I don't go unconsciou

For the past year, I have had sudden and random chest pains, that feel like my heart is tightening up, and I will get dizzy. I have a history of fainting spells and have had something like pseudo-seizures, they act like seizures, but I don't go unconsciou

Get checked: This could be happening due to multiple reasons. It could range from a panic attack to related to your past history of 'pseudo-seizures.' it would be good to have some testing done, including an ekg and thyroid function testing. That would be a good place to start. ...Read more

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I have tachyarhythmia and reflex anoxic seizures. At times I get sudden heart pain or heart ache. What would be the safest way to strengthen my heart?

Sounds like POTS: Your problem is your autonomic nervous system not your heart. Read the will power instinct by kelly mcgonigal. You will learn to breathe and relax. You should get 8 hours of sleep, eat 6 equal healthy meals with 6 fresh cooked or raw vegetables and 1 apple every day with slow carb whole grains, high quality protein and fats, and do exercises lying down or short exercises like jump roping, no rope. ...Read more

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Can you have pseudo seizures in your sleep and foam up blood and have very shallow breaths and very slow heart rate please answer asap?

Can you have pseudo seizures in your sleep and foam up blood and have very shallow breaths and very slow heart rate please answer asap?

No: Pseudoseizures don't cause bleeding from the mouth (unless you bite your tongue, which is quite unusual for a pseudoseizure) or a slow heart rate. ...Read more

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Is it typical for your heart rate and blood pressure to drop extremely low (where BP cannot be taken) after having a tonic clonic seizure?

Is it typical for your heart rate and blood pressure to drop extremely low (where BP cannot be taken) after having a tonic clonic seizure?

Varies: It is not unusual but it varies. The blood pressure can some times be elevated. And pulse can be rapid. The pt may be dehydrated as to cause the blood pressure to fall. If this persist then the pt needs to see a cardiologist. The seizure itself can have immense effect on the body vital signs. ...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. 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