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How high does your heart rate need to be before you get a heart attack?

How high does your heart rate need to be before you get a heart attack?

Not related: A heart attack can occur at any heart rate if there is a blood clot in the artery or a blockage. If there is a severe narrowing than a higher heart rate will increase the risk of a heart attack as the demand of a higher heart rate would out strip the supply. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


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How high does your heart rate need to be to have a heart attack?

No simple answer: If your arteries have no blockage, then there is no heart rate that will cause a heart attack. The more blocked the arteries, the lower the hr needed to outstrip the blood supply. There are other factors too, like presence/absence of anemia, hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, (wall thickening), and contractility which determine how much blood the heart is using and needs. ...Read more

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Can panic attack lead to: a) stroke or heart attack due to either hbp being too high at that moment or my heart rate being too too fast? Help

Can panic attack lead to: a) stroke or heart attack due to either hbp being too high at that moment or my heart rate being too too fast? Help

Needs to be high: At 32 years provided you are not morbidly obese severely diabetic or have cardiac issues its unlikely. The panic would have to have your heart beating at almost 200 and your BP would have to be quite high. If you are having a lot of panic attacks speak to your doctor, neurologist, psychiatrist and they may be able to prescribe a medication to stabilize these events. ...Read more

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If weed increases you heart rate how come a heart attack doesn't happen? Just wondering

If weed increases you heart rate how come a heart attack doesn't happen? Just wondering

Weed: Heart attack is a multifactorial event. If weed was a common cause of heart attack, Bill Maher probably wouldn't be pushing it to be legalized. ...Read more

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My heart rate is usually 60-70 today it's been between 90-100 why? Could this be a sign of heart attack

My heart rate is usually 60-70 today it's been between 90-100 why? Could this be a sign of heart attack

Tachycardia: Not necessarily. How long have you had it? Is it Persistent now.? Are you anxious? Do you have any infection? Do you have any other symptoms. Tachycardia can be due to many conditions including infection, anxiety Over active thyroid and heart problem. Please see your doctor if it is persistent and it is bothering you. ...Read more

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I'm 50yr old I suffer a heart attack last year. My heart rate now is 37% after another stens put in. I don't want to die. Please help

I'm 50yr old  I suffer a heart attack last year. My heart rate now is 37% after another stens put in.  I don't want to die. Please help

See integrative Dr.: I'm not sure what you mean by heart rate 37%. Do you mean ejection fraction? Preventing and reversing heart disease requires a comprehensive approach of healthy diet, exercise, stress reduction and nutritional and herbal supplements. Stents can help but are a band-aid approach that does not correct the underlying problem. Work with a good integrative Dr.-see http://tinyurl.com/zkr8v2p and comment: ...Read more

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My heart rate is 120 but I haven't done anything but shower this morning. Even when I sit down it feels fast. I'm only 17 & scared of heart attack?

My heart rate is 120 but I haven't done anything but shower this morning. Even when I sit down it feels fast. I'm only 17 & scared of heart attack?

See Dr: Heart attack unlikely in your age group, but thyroid or other medical issue causing rapid heart rate more likely. Need evaluated by your Dr and likely blood work and an EKG to start to sort things out. ...Read more

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Does a really fast heart rate cause a heart attack?

Not usual but it can: The fast heart beat which is generated by the lower heart chambers(ventricular tachycardia) can reduce the blood volume generated by the heart and if the subject has low preserve (some narrowing of the coronary arteries or decreased heart function) can cause ischemia t the heart. ...Read more

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Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more


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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more