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Doctor insights on: People Heart Stents Ride Roller Coasters

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I have panic attacks that feel like my heart is coming out of my chest. I'm going to a theme park and was wondering if I could ride roller coasters?

I have panic attacks that feel like my heart is coming out of my chest. I'm going to a theme park and was wondering if I could ride roller coasters?

Yes, but hold on.: Panic attacks are just that, attacks without provocation. They are distressing, but not dangerous 99.99% of the time. If you are generally anxious and are frightened, you could precipitate an attack. If you enjoy theme park thrills, you will likely be ok. There are skills tolearnto reduce or halt panic attacks. Learn some! ...Read more

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Is it safe to have heart arrhythmia and ride roller coasters with grandkids?

Is it safe to have heart arrhythmia and ride roller coasters with grandkids?

Arrhythmia: It depends on is the best answer I can give now. Because some arrhythmias are relatively stable on medicines and those would be safe, however, others are less stable and would be dangerous to ride on these rides. Best to discuss this with your cardiologist and determine which is best for you. ...Read more

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With a-fib is it safe to ride roller coasters if your a-fib is being treated with medications? In sept. I was hospitalized with a-fib, with a cardiac cath a hole was found in my heart apparently I was born with it. I am currently taking flecanide acetate

With a-fib is it safe to ride roller coasters if your a-fib is being treated with medications? In sept. I was hospitalized with a-fib, with a cardiac cath a hole was found in my heart apparently I was born with it. I am currently taking flecanide acetate

Treatment : Treatment for atrial fibrillation is based on symptoms. The stimulation of the ride may increase your heart rate (which is the reason most people ride them, after all). If you don't have problems with rapid palpitation on the roller coaster, there is no reason not to ride it. ...Read more

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Why is it that roller coasters aggravate heart conditions?

Why is it that roller coasters aggravate heart conditions?

Roller coasters: Roller coasters have dynamic gravity pressures which produce hemodynamic stress on the heart. This will aggravate any condition of rhythm or muscle disturbance of the heart. ...Read more

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How come riding roller coasters aggravate heart conditions?

How come riding roller coasters aggravate heart conditions?

Not all heart: It doesn't aggravate all heart conditions. Just some. Depends on what's wrong. ...Read more

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Would it be dangerous if I go on roller coasters with a heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)?

Would it be dangerous if I go on roller coasters with a heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)?

Arrhythmia: In general, we do not recommend rollercoasters for people with significant cardiac arrhythmias. The stresses associated with rollercoasters could trigger arrhythmias or their complications. There are benign rhythm problems which wouldn't be a problem but a generalization would be no rollercoasters. ...Read more

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If I have been treated for heart defect can I ride a roller coaster?

If I have been treated for heart defect can I ride a roller coaster?

Yes: No reason that I can think of, however, knowing exactly what you were treated for would be better. So this is a general answer. ...Read more

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Is it ok for a person with congestive heart failure ride a roller coaster?

Is it ok for a person with congestive heart failure ride a roller coaster?

Not recommended: Roller coasters can produce 4-5 g's (atmospheric pressures) of pressure pushing against the body during the ride. The heart has to pump against this kind of pressure. Any sustained pressure makes it more difficult for the heart to pump both into the body and into the lungs and brain. Somebody with congestive heart failure could get into big trouble with their lungs or even cause a heart attack. ...Read more

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I passed out during a roller coaster ride yesterday and had weakness in my legs and pressure in my chest afterward and even today. Heart problem?

I passed out during a roller coaster ride yesterday and had weakness in my legs and pressure in my chest afterward and even today. Heart problem?

Exam advised: Fainting should not be ignored, and since you're experiencing symptoms of leg weakness and chest pressure, you should be evaluated by a physician preferably in the hospital emergency room where EKG and other testing can be carried out expeditiously. ...Read more

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What will happens if someone with a heart condition goes on a roller coaster?

Usually ok: "Heart condition" encompasses a broad range of maladies! Someone who experiences angina with exertion should avoid the stress of a roller coaster but most people with hd who have been stable and free of symptoms for long periods can tolerate brief stress well. If in doubt, of course, discretion is the wiser part of valor. ...Read more

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When I stand in lines for something like a roller coaster my heart beats really fast until I feel like I'm going to pass out. That isn't normal...

When I stand in lines for something like a roller coaster my heart beats really fast until I feel like I'm going to pass out. That isn't normal...

Fast Heart Beat: Prolonged standing in line can pool blood towards the legs and hence result in relative dehydration and low blood pressure. Both of these can result in fast heart beat and dizziness. Anxiety and hyperventilation can also have these symptoms. If symptoms persist despite maintaining hydration and breathing calmly then medical attention should be sought. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could go on a really fast roller coaster with hypoplastic left heart syndrome?

Best consult Ur doc: The limits to your activities are best determined by the physicians who know you the best. The general status of any complex congenital heart patient varies considerably from patient to patient. It also varies with each case at different points within their repair and rehabilitation. ...Read more

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Has it been determined that roller coaster rides and horror films can damage the heart and the brain?

Has it been determined that roller coaster rides and horror films can damage the heart and the brain?

Low risk: The excitement associated with roller coasters and g forces generated can cause neck, brain and heart problems. The risk is estimated to be very low in the range of 1 in 15 millions riders. If a rider has history of any heart, neck or brain condition that is contraindication to ride. If any rider develop headache, vomiting, dizziness, chest pain, disorientation should be promptly check. ...Read more

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I keep getting this feeling like what I'm going to roller coaster, my stomach and my heart drop. Could this be anxiety?

I keep getting this feeling like what I'm going to roller coaster, my stomach and my heart drop. Could this be anxiety?

Stomach symptoms: MAY be from physical or psychological causes, or a combo of both. Start by seeing your doc. If all is well medically consider seeing a clinical psychologist who works w/anxiety. It is very treatable. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Does a vibrating roller for asphalt construction cause problems for people with heart issues or high blood pressure?

Does a vibrating roller for asphalt construction cause problems for people with heart issues or high blood pressure?

High stress jobs: High stress and strenous jobs can have effect on the health of workers. Asphalt construction can have effect on individual's breathing which is directly connected to the performance of heart. ...Read more

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I had heart stenting done. What can I expect?

I had heart stenting done. What can I expect?

What to expect: The most important thing after stent insertion is to continue taking both Aspirin and clopidogrel (or equivalent) until directed to stop. Next important thing is to begin healthy diet and cholesterol control. Cardiac rehab and exercise is crucial as prescribed by your provider. Watch for development of chest discomfort, shortness of breath or the symptoms you had prior to stent notify md asap. ...Read more

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My heart output is 31%can it be improved without a stent?

My heart output is 31%can it be improved without a stent?

Possibly: It all depends on the cause of your heart failure. If it is coronary artery disease, you may need to have stents placed in order to help your heart's blood supply and also your ejection fraction (heart output). If your heart failure has another cause (uncontrolled blood pressure, cardiomyopathy, valvular disease), those need to be treated adequately to help restore its function. ...Read more

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Can i kickbox if I had a stent placed in my heart weeks ago?

Can i kickbox if I had a stent placed in my heart weeks ago?

Likely Yes: There are restrictions in the first 5-7 days because of the entry site (usually femoral artery). Unless you have had recent myocardial injury (heart attack), abnormal lv function (chf), or other cardiac condition you should have no restrictions 1 week after a stent. Check with your doc about your specific restrictions. ...Read more

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Extremely worried about my brother. Involves a stent put into his heart, what to do?

Extremely worried about my brother. Involves a stent put into his heart, what to do?

Support: Just be there for him and let the medical team do their work. If your brother smokes, encourage him to stop. Reinforce the importance of taking his prescribed medicines religiously. Help him exercise and eat a balanced diet. ...Read more

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If someone got a drug eluting metal stent in their heart, could it be replaced later with a dissolving stent so they become stent-free ultimately?

If someone got a drug eluting metal stent in their heart, could it be replaced later with a dissolving stent so they become stent-free ultimately?

No: Stents that are metal are not removable unfortunately and are permanently part of the blood vessel. Newer generation bio-absorbable stents do "dissolve" over a period but are not widely used at this point. ...Read more

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If a pt has 1 stent in their heart, can it be removed, or replaced with one of those new dissolving ones? Or is a metal stent permanent? Thank you.

If a pt has 1 stent in their heart, can it be removed, or replaced with one of those new dissolving ones?  Or is a metal stent permanent? Thank you.

Metal=permanent: Metal stents are permanent. Your arterial walls eventually grow around the stent and incorporate it into the artery. There is no removing it. ...Read more