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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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Can stress cause a heart attack?

Can stress cause a heart attack?

Probably: In someone with undelying coronary artery disease. This is an area of research as to what factors contribute to an unstable plaque which is a precursor to a heart attack, stress is certainly one factor. ...Read more

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What does stress do to cause a heart attack?

What does stress do to cause a heart attack?

Stress & Heart Attac: Stress over time increases your cortisol which increase your blood sugar, which contributes to insulin resistance in many cases, which causes inflammation, which is what causes heart attacks and strokes. In the short term, big stress can raise blood pressure and pulse and stress your heart, which can cause a heart attack in the right setting. Stress management is important. ...Read more

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Could you have a heart attack from too much stress?

Could you have a heart attack from too much stress?

Yes: Stress can increase the demand for blood flow to the heart. If the coronary arteries have blockages, then they may not be able to supply enough blood to the heart muscle and a heart attack can occur. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or "broken heart syndrome" can also be caused by stress. This condition causes the heart to enlarge and pump poorly. ...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, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more