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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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What to do if I'm feeling like I may be close to a stress induced heart attack. am I going to have one?

What to do if I'm feeling like I may be close to a stress induced heart attack. am I going to have one?

What's the symptoms?: Depends on what your symptoms are. If you have chest pain radiating to your jaw or left arm or if you have acute shortness of breath, this is concerning for an impending heart attack. Stress can increase Adrenalin which can reveal limitations in your heart's capacity - which is what a heart attack basically is, when demand from a heart outstrips supply. If you feel this way a lot, see an MD. ...Read more

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If my test was positive for stress induced ischemia in the anteroseptal wall, what does that mean? Have I ever had an heart attack before?

If my test was positive for stress induced ischemia in the anteroseptal wall, what does that mean? Have I ever had an heart attack before?

Not necessarily: You need confirmatory testing for this abnormal finding. A high grade blockage in a heart artery could cause this even if you have not had a heart attack. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my test was positive for stress induced ischemia in the anteroseptal wall , what that means have I every had an heart attack before?

What do you suggest if my test was positive for stress induced ischemia in the anteroseptal wall , what that means have I every had an heart attack before?

Ischemia with stress: Hi. Without seeing the test done or the report, we can't say whether or not you've had a heart attack before. At the least, when you exercise and heart muscle oxygen demand goes up, not enough oxygen gets to the anterior wall and the septum to meet the demand. You need coronary angiography, and may need a stent or a bypass operation; you'll need medical therapy in any event. Ask your cardiologist ...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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How does stress cause a heart attack in some cases ?

How does stress cause a heart attack in some cases ?

Takotsubo: Catecholamines are stress hormones that can cause a strange reaction in the heart muscle that's unrelated to the coronary arteries. It's seldom fatal but can be troublesome. They can also trigger a rhythm problem in someone with bad coronary disease. ...Read more

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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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Can stress cause a heart attack in a teenager?

Can stress cause a heart attack in a teenager?

Squeeze don't pull: This is of course a matter of degree. How much are you squeezing? Normal sexually intermittent squeezing is unlikely to produce any long term effects. However 24x7 pulling and squeezing will likely cause enough tissue expansion to cause long term ptosis. ...Read more

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What are the reasons doctors say stress is a factor of a heart attack?

What are the reasons doctors say stress is a factor of a heart attack?

One of many: Smoking sedentary obese diabetic hyperlipidemia hypertension family history are likely more relevant stress is one of many behaviors and hard to avoid for any of us. ...Read more

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Might someone get a heart attack or a stroke just from being stressed out?

Might someone get a heart attack or a stroke just from being stressed out?

Possible: There is something called "stress-induced" cardiomyopathy, or "broken heart syndrome." in cases of severe stress, sometimes the heart can get damaged and then fail to beat properly. This is not a very common condition, but I have seen it happen. I haven't heard of stress causing strokes, though. But, i can't say that with 100% certainty. ...Read more

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If, and i stress if, a person was experiencing anxiousness caused by impending heart attack or circulatory issues; would exercise make it better/ wors?

If, and i stress if, a person was experiencing anxiousness caused by impending heart attack or circulatory issues; would exercise make it better/ wors?

Worse: If one is actually having circulation problems to any muscle, including the heart, then exercising those muscles will require more oxygen due to more work. This will, in turn lead to less oxygen to the organ than it would when at rest. So, if you are concerned you may having heart pain or circulatory insufficiency, see doc immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

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