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How can regular exercise improve cardiovascular function during times of stress?

How can regular exercise improve cardiovascular function during times of stress?

Exercise: Good question. Regular exercise makes the body able to perform work with more metabolic efficiency. This means the effects of stressful conditions will be decreased. ...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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Explain the complications from excessive heat stress and what are the cardiovascular responses during exercise hyperthermia?

Explain the complications from excessive heat stress and what are the cardiovascular responses during exercise hyperthermia?

Hyperthermia: The heart and the body for that matter dies not tolerate body temperatures above 104 f. Possible problems include necrosis (cell death)along with arrhythmias and death. ...Read more

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36 M with clean echo stress lipids & EKG a year ago. No risk factors. Resting HR 55-60 without any regular exercise. On celexa (citalopram) 5mg for 2 days. Scared

36 M with clean echo stress lipids & EKG a year ago. No risk factors. Resting HR 55-60 without any regular exercise. On celexa (citalopram) 5mg for 2 days. Scared

I do not know what: Your questions is. Your heart rates are in perfectly normal range and Celexa (citalopram) will not affect this at such a low dose. Usual starting dose is 20mg. The drug may cause an increase in heart rate not a decrease. With a recent normal cardiac workup you are at low risk for any cardiovascular issues with your treatment. Discuss this with your health care provider. ...Read more

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Does normal Troponin blood level, chest X-Ray, EKG & cardiac exercise stress test rule out any cardiovascular cause for my chest pain?

Does normal Troponin blood level, chest X-Ray, EKG & cardiac exercise stress test rule out any cardiovascular cause for my chest pain?

Yes: Yes. But of course not everything is 100%. But considering your age your chest pain is unlikely to be cardiac in nature. Follow up with your PCP. ...Read more

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Could you please describe functional capacity on a cardiovascular stress test?

Could you please describe functional capacity on a cardiovascular stress test?

Functional capacity: It's how long you're able to exercise and the load applied (for example, on a treadmill: 10 minutes reaching a peak speed of 4.2 mph at a grade of 16%.)these parameters result in a number called mets (metabolic equivalents). There are standard tables that predict normal functional capacity in mets based on age and gender. ...Read more

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How does high levels of stress and anxiety impact on my cardiovascular system?

How does high levels of stress and anxiety impact on my cardiovascular system?

Stress: High levels of stress and anxiety can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. Over time this can accelerate atherosclerosis and other processes. Some people react worse to stress than others. The combination of stress and anxiety is probably additive. Finding ways to minimize both can make life both more enjoyable and perhaps less likely negatively effect your health. ...Read more

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What are the different stress tests for cardiovascular disease?

What are the different stress tests for cardiovascular disease?

Several: Common types of stress tests are either nuclear based or echo based. Nuclear tracer goes everywhere blood goes, so if the scan shows a "cold spot" where no tracer is found a blockage is possible. Echo based studies are based on wall motion. If at peak stress there's a wall motion abnoramilty than a blockage may be responsible. If one can't walk a chemical to simulate execise can be used. ...Read more

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Can occasionally taking beta blockers interfere with my regular exercise routine? 20min cardio and 15min of strength/4 times a week?

Can occasionally taking beta blockers interfere with my regular exercise routine? 20min cardio and 15min of strength/4 times a week?

OK: You can use short acting beta blockers on an "as-needed" basis and they will start to work within an hour and wear off in several hours (depending on the drug and dose you take). Once worn off, it will have no effect on your exercise. (you can exercise with the med too and safely, but it might "slow you down" just a little.) ...Read more

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Will regular exercise improve sexual dysfunction in men?

Will regular exercise improve sexual dysfunction in men?

Exercise: Depending on your causes of ed it may be beneficial. Benefits of exercise are physical and psychological. Improved blood flow from cardiovascular improvement may help. Increased testosterone from exercise. Improved stamina and confidence from exercise may benefit as well. Check with your physician to design a program that is right for you. ...Read more

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Will regular exercise increase bodys blood volume? Have pots and want to improve.

Will regular exercise increase bodys blood volume? Have pots and want to improve.

Increased plasma...: Increased plasma volume is a consistent and natural adaptive response to regular physical activity. Period. Whether it will help your situation is unknown, but I would give it a try. Certainly, the exercise is beneficial! ...Read more

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Could I improve my asthma by doing regular exercise?

Could I improve my asthma by doing regular exercise?

Yes: Participation in physical activity is an important part of self-image.
Physical activity is especially important in children with asthma. Activities such as running and swimming are associated with improved fitness and decreased severity of asthma symptoms.
Pediatrics 2004;113:e341-6. ...Read more

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I am 25 years old, I started swimming for my regular exercise form past 1 month. But I can not do it longer. So what should I do to improve my stamina?

I am 25 years old, I started swimming for my regular exercise form past 1 month. But I can not do it longer. So what should I do to improve my stamina?

Many things: There are many things you can do to improve your stamina. You can walk, jog, run, bicycle, jump rope, use an elliptical, calisthenics, dance. Really anything that gets up your heart rate consistently is rrasonable. Focus on doing what you enjoy as consistency is important derive reasonable benefits from exercise. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm a 20 year old male. The last few months I've been feeling constantly hungry. I'm 5` 9.5" and weigh about 175 lbs. I try to exercise 4-5 times a week (normally cardiovascular workouts, like running). My mother has hypothyroidism.

Hi, I'm a 20 year old male. The last few months I've been feeling constantly hungry. I'm 5` 9.5" and weigh about 175 lbs. I try to exercise 4-5 times a week (normally cardiovascular workouts, like running). My mother has hypothyroidism.

Not necessarily abnl: The ideal weight for near 5 10 includes 175 pounds. If there isn't a weight gain/loss, then maybe the hunger is working. Can be increased metabolism or calorie loss (would give diarrhea if malabsorption). But could just be a really active 20 yr old too. ...Read more

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What is typical procedure for PO Prednisolone dosing during times of stress? (40mg 1month tapering by 5mg week for 11 weeks). Thank you

What is typical procedure for PO Prednisolone dosing during times of stress? (40mg 1month tapering by 5mg week for 11 weeks). Thank you

Not appropriate: The body produces its own cortisone when under stress (unless you have an adrenal or pituitary failure), and prednisolone will likely increase your anxiety instead of dampening it. If you are on prednisolone to prevent organ damage, a 1-month course may be justified. Else there is little reason for anyone to be on prednisolone for stress. What is the cause for your spleen enlargement? ...Read more

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Does dyslexia worsen during times of stress?

Does dyslexia worsen during times of stress?

Yes: You will find that several issues will reduce effectiveness/performance. Stress is one. Hunger, lack of adequate restful sleep, illness, a strange or stressful environment. These factors impair many skill sets, not just your dyslexia. ...Read more

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I don't cry very often except during times of great stress. Always feel drained & wiped out/exhausted afterward. Why is that?

I don't cry very often except during times of great stress. Always feel drained & wiped out/exhausted afterward. Why is that?

Expressing emotion: People express emotions differently. Some are more demonstrative, while others tend to internalize it. It may be that your way of managing is to bottle them up until you can no longer contain them. It takes a lot of energy to hold in emotions, especially if they are intense. ...Read more

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I get stomach and intestinal pain during times of acute stress, ie;before exams, is there a way to prevent that reaction, or put a stop to pain?

I get stomach and intestinal pain during times of acute stress, ie;before exams, is there a way to prevent that reaction, or put a stop to pain?

Brain controls body,: This is how we are all built. Thus the best solution is to confront the issues driving the stress. All exams become relatively easy if you have intensely studied & really know the subject matter & information. On other hand, if you do not care about the results, then low stress this way also. Meds treat symptoms, do not control the person; the few powerful enough to are dangerous & can kill. ...Read more

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I have anxiety & during times of extra stress I can feel palpitations where my heart feels like it flutters. Is this dangerous? Can it cause damage?

I have anxiety & during times of extra stress I can feel palpitations where my heart feels like it flutters. Is this dangerous? Can it cause damage?

No: Make sure you don't have medical condition such as Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) or hyperthyroidism. An electrocardiogram and blood test will able to identify these issues. Consider talking to your PCP. Wish you a good luck ...Read more

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Can IBS and stress cause knotted stomach pain about 1 inch above belly button. This pain seems to come on during high stress times and lasts for days.

Can IBS and stress cause knotted stomach pain about 1 inch above belly button. This pain seems to come on during high stress times and lasts for days.

That can happen.: I would encourage you to look into destressing techniques like deep breathing exercises & progressive muscle relaxation. Tai chi, acupuncture, meditation & yoga are also beneficial. If you efforts are not doing the trick, consider seeing a psychologist to work more on ways to handle stress. Take care. ...Read more

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My right eye muscles have been twitching on a consistent basis, countless times during the day since march 31st. No stress, caffeine or lack of sleep.

My right eye muscles have been twitching on a consistent basis, countless times during the day since march 31st. No stress, caffeine or lack of sleep.

Eye strain: You may have an allergy or you may have eye fatigue from using a computer or reading for long periods of time. If soothing eye drops don't help see an opthtomologist. ...Read more

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What if I am gaining weight even after a limited diet and regular exercise.

What if I am gaining weight even after a limited diet and regular exercise.

Unexplained weight: Gain (or loss) needs to be evaluated by your doc. There MAY be a hormonal imbalance. Please see doc. Peace and good health to you. ...Read more

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Is it possible to lose weight without regular exercise but changing my diet?

Is it possible to lose weight without regular exercise but changing my diet?

Yes: Eating less calories than you burn during you regular daily activities will cause weight loss. Regular exercise will make you lose more weight than diet alone, and has many other very important health benefits. ...Read more

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Fasting 104.8. Weight 75kg & height 176cm. Muscular and do regular exercise. Why fasting is coming high.?

Fasting 104.8. Weight 75kg & height 176cm. Muscular and do regular exercise. Why fasting is coming high.?

There's no real que-: -stion here. I assume you mean blood sugar. Some people have this in pre diabetes, also what is your A1-C? . Also is there a history of diabetes in your family? You need this explained by your treating MD. Also some people just have high fasting sugars. I have all my life, but no diabetes yet @ age 74. ...Read more

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Why my body is swelling, and gaining weight even am on diet and regular exercise, ?

Why my body is swelling, and gaining weight even am on diet and regular exercise, ?

Count calories: You can lose weight if the amount of calories you burn up is greater than the amount of calories you consume. If you are still swelling despite limiting your calories then get checked. If your protein blood level or Albumin levels are low or there is congestive heart failure then swelling can occur. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Cardiovascular (Definition)

Cardiovascular is a general term that refers to all the components of the blood delivery system in the body such as the ...Read more