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Can stress w/o any other health issues, cause you to have a heart attack? I suffer from anxiety but otherwise have a clean bill of health.

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Dr. Michael Kelber
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: No

In order to have a heart attack you need to have some underlying issues that affect your heart, such as cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
Anxiety can make you feel like you are having a heart attack but shouldn't cause one if you are otherwise cardio-vascularly healthy.

In brief: No

In order to have a heart attack you need to have some underlying issues that affect your heart, such as cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
Anxiety can make you feel like you are having a heart attack but shouldn't cause one if you are otherwise cardio-vascularly healthy.
Dr. Michael Kelber
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Dr. Andrew Michaels
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, it can.

Traditional risk factors for heart attack include older age, male gender, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, cigarette smoking, family history of early heart attack, obesity, and physical inactivity.
There are certainly some patients with heart attack who do not have any of these traditional risk factors. Stress, anxiety, and depression can each contribute to a higher risk of heart disease.

In brief: Yes, it can.

Traditional risk factors for heart attack include older age, male gender, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, cigarette smoking, family history of early heart attack, obesity, and physical inactivity.
There are certainly some patients with heart attack who do not have any of these traditional risk factors. Stress, anxiety, and depression can each contribute to a higher risk of heart disease.
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