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Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack?
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Dr. Eric Toloza
Surgery - Thoracic
7 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes, severe anxiety can cause a silent heart attack, especially if you have neuropathy due to diabetes or if you are distracted by other pains or are taking pain medications.

In brief: Yes
Yes, severe anxiety can cause a silent heart attack, especially if you have neuropathy due to diabetes or if you are distracted by other pains or are taking pain medications.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Dr. Eric Toloza
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Actually, probably
The data comes from the big 90s la earthquake.
The week of and following that earthquake had several times the # of heart attacks as the weeks preceding it. That observation is cited as evidence that anxiety or stress causes heart attacks. Not sure how many were silent but we know that 30% of heart attacks are silent (50% in diabetics). Understand, though, that this is rare!

In brief: Actually, probably
The data comes from the big 90s la earthquake.
The week of and following that earthquake had several times the # of heart attacks as the weeks preceding it. That observation is cited as evidence that anxiety or stress causes heart attacks. Not sure how many were silent but we know that 30% of heart attacks are silent (50% in diabetics). Understand, though, that this is rare!
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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