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Is it possible to stress yourself into having a heart attack?

Is it possible to stress yourself into having a heart attack?

Depends: If you're young and healthy, no. If you aren't known to have coronary artery disease, probably no. If you do have coronary disease, possibly. If you have advanced or unstable coronary disease, yes, for sure. That's why people of coronary prone age who wish to undertake an exercise program are advised having a stress test first. ...Read more

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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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35 M with perfect echo stress 9 months ago. No fam his non smoker. Fear of having a heart attack. Fullness in upper abs acid reflux. Scared help :(?

35 M with perfect echo stress 9 months ago. No fam his non smoker. Fear of having a heart attack. Fullness in upper abs acid reflux. Scared help :(?

Heart disease: Having a normal stress echo is reassuring but you should look out for alarm symptoms like chest pain on exertion that occurs beneath your sternum and feels pressure-like. Risk factors should be managed like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, smoking, etc. Talk to your primary care provider about medication for acid reflux and reasons for your fear and anxiety around this subject. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does costochondritis really feel like your having a heart attack?So how can I know which one?Normal 2decho, ecg, stress test, chest xray

Does costochondritis really feel like your having a heart attack?So how can I know which one?Normal 2decho, ecg, stress test, chest xray

With all those tests: You should feel pretty confident of the diagnosis. Pain at yourcostochondral joints is generally reproducible with pressure on the joint(s) affected by the inflammation. And yes, the pain can feel very much like a heart attack. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a a lot of anxiety and stress cause a heart attack in a person with a healthy heart?

Might it be possible that a a lot of anxiety and stress cause a heart attack in a person with a healthy heart?

Not directly: Anxiety and stress can cause arrhythmias, including serious ones that may be life threatening, but those are not technically a heart attack. Psychosocial stresses often are associated with poor lifestyle habits (diet, weight, lack of exercise, cigarette use) that may contribute to heart attack risks. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from a heart attack during a dobutamine stress test?

Is it possible to die from a heart attack during a dobutamine stress test?

Rarely, but Yes: All types of stress test have risks, including the rare risk of death. Other risks include arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, palpitations, COPD or asthma exacerbation, and passing out. Fortunately most are rare. ...Read more

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Is it possible to pass a nuclear imaging stress test and the EKG to show you had a mild heart attack in the past?

Is it possible to pass a nuclear imaging stress test and the EKG to show you had a mild heart attack in the past?

Yes: An old heart attack might not show up on the stress test if it was very small. However, some people have and ECG that looks like and old heart attack, but wasn't. This artifact commonly occurs in women. Talk to your doctor to see which is most likely. ...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


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction is also known as Heart attack. 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