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Can panic attacks cause stress cardiomyopathy?

Can panic attacks cause stress cardiomyopathy?

Hm, No, but...: Chronic Sympathetic Discharge has been associated with the development of left ventricular hyperplasia and other anxiety related heart issues. Panic Attacks per se are usually harmless, result from adrenergic stimulus, and are time limited, unless a heart is already weakened. The most dangerous part of a panic attack is the fear of having one, which can result in severe disability. See your Doc. ...Read more

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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Anxiety stress depression can couse heart attack ?

Anxiety stress depression can couse heart attack ?

No although they : can be contributing factors. When people R depressed they exercise less, gain weight, may develop high blood pressure which can lead 2added stress on the heart. Anxiety and stress over time also impact on heart health and general health and well being. Physical and mental health interact with 1another, but it is over simplistic 2blame a heart attack on depression, anxiety or stress. TakeCareOfBoth ...Read more

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Can you get shock during panic attack anxiety attack anixety racing heart high blood pressure ?

Unlikely: Panic attacks will not cause going into shock by themselves. They cause most people to go to ERs. Where a. Adria. Work up usuLly shows no problem. Learn relaxation exercises, meditation and similar tech iques ...Read more

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Can stress or panic attack cause premature labor?

Can stress or panic attack cause premature labor?

I am not sure: If it can cause premature labor, but it is probably not good for a prenant woman to be stressed to the degree of having panic attacks. If you are nervous, call a psychologist and learn some relaxation techniques in addition to discussing the issues that are leading to your stress. It is better for both you and your baby. Take care of yourself and let us know how you are doing. ...Read more

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Can panic attack cause cardiac arrest?

Can panic attack cause cardiac arrest?

NOT REALLY: No but has it has been described by many of my patients it may feel like to some at some times when they feel heart pacing, chest pain and difficulty to breathe but it does not cause cardiac arrest. ...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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Can asthma attack cause fast heart beat?

Can asthma attack cause fast heart beat?

Usually none: In otherwise young healthy individuals (no heart disease) the increased heart rate that can occur during an asthma attack or be related to treating an asthma attack (albuterol inhaler), will resolve on its own and not lead to heart problems. If the heartbeat, is irregular (skipping beats), associated with palpitations or greater than 180 beats per minutes, a heart doctor should be involved. ...Read more

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Can coronary spasms caused by stress? Cause a heart attack?

Can coronary spasms caused by stress? Cause a heart attack?

Yes: Some folks have coronary arteries that are particularly spasmotic which can lead to poor blood flow to the heart (a heart attack) - also known as prinzmetal's angina. Fortunately, this is rare. Emotional stress can also cause a cardiomyopathy - known as takotsubo, which is not a heart attack per sey but can lead to many of the same symptoms.That aside, stress = high BP = increased risk of attack. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack or angina?

Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack or angina?

Not by itself: Stress does contribute to heart attacks, but does not directly cause them. Family history, diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia and smoking are the known risk factors. Occasionally, even people without CAD will feel tightness in their chest when anxious, hyperventilating, or tightening their musculature. Of course, if their is any question, one should seek care by their pcp or er. ...Read more

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How can panic attack cause heart attack/arrest?

How can panic attack cause heart attack/arrest?

It does not : Panic attacks do not cause heart attacks. According to the nimh, panic disorder is one of the most treatable of the anxiety disorders, responding in most cases to medication or cognitive psychotherapy. People often ask if panic attacks cause death. No, they do not. ...Read more

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Esophageal. Spasm, heart attack or angina?

Esophageal. Spasm, heart attack or angina?

May be hard to tell: If the chest pain is caused by swallowing, especially something very hot or very cold, then most likely esophageal spasm. If the chest pain is caused by exertion, then most likely angina or heart attack. ...Read more

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Suffer anxiety (panic attacks), could a fast heart beat lead to sudden death?

Suffer anxiety (panic attacks), could a fast heart beat lead to sudden death?

Not usually: Folks suffering from panic attacks may often think that they are having a heart attack and call 911 and go to the emergency department where they are told their heart is fine. There are good treatments available for panic disorder. In my practice, i try and control a patient's panic/anxiety symptoms without the use of benzodiazapines like xanax, (alprazolam) as they can be habit forming. ...Read more

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Tell me heart attack risk factors and coronary heart disease symptoms?

Tell me heart attack risk factors and coronary heart disease symptoms?

Google it: Rf: smoking, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history etc. Symptoms: chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations etc. You really will get much more on the internet than i can give you in this box, this is a huge topic! ...Read more

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Heart attacks: can coughing save life during a heart attack?

Heart attacks: can coughing save life during a heart attack?

No.: Coughing would decrease the risk of having a heart attack or lessening the consequences of a heart attack. Please don't count it as a remedy! ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause sudden cardiac arrest?

Can stress and anxiety cause sudden cardiac arrest?

Yes: It can happen if the heart has a bad reaction to the stress. Usually stress will lead to heart attack first, which is bad enough. If these conditions exist you should try to reduce stress and anxiety level by having a physical and changing your lifestyle. Talk to your family physician about your risk factors for heart disease. ...Read more

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How could smoking cigarettes precipitate atherosclerosis and heart attack ?

How could smoking cigarettes precipitate atherosclerosis and heart attack ?

Tobacco use : Smoking is highly correlated with atherosclerosis and increased risk of heart attacks. Some of this is genetic and some is related to increased inflammation from the effects of smoking. ...Read more

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Can stress cause panic attacks?

Can stress cause panic attacks?

Stress: can make any condition worse. So yes, it can trigger panic attacks. We all get stressed but do not all have panic attacks. Please see a mental health professional to learn ways to manage stress and panic. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Could panic attacks cause broken heart syndrome?

Could panic attacks cause broken heart syndrome?

I's not sure: What you mean by broken heart syndrome. It sounds like someone being upset about the end of a relationship. I doubt that it has anything to do with panic attacks. ...Read more

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 are blocked so that the heart is no longer ...Read more