Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack?

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.
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!

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How high can BP rise with anxiety? Can anxiety cause heart attack?

Anxiety. Anxiety can raise the blood pressure and heart rate as your body releases adrenaline during an anxiety attack. Anxiety attacks can feel like a heart attack. If you're healthy an anxiety attack is rarely harmful in the short term. If someone who already has heart disease has an anxiety attack it can potentially precipitate an arrhythmia or heart attack. Read more...
Anxiety-HTN. Anxiety causes release of adrenaline like compounds which stiffen the blood vessel walls, increase the heart's efficiency and divert blood to the critical organs, all which increase bp. Repeated or continuous stress elevates BP and causes gradual damage over many years. Resulting in heart attack, kidney failure or stroke. Read more...
If U R having. High BP or fear u r having a heart attack, u should seek medical attention. Whether or not anxiety is impacting on your BP or not, u may need medication 2 lower the bp. I do not believe that anxiety can cause a heart attack, but until u have been checked out u will not know if u r having panic attack symptoms or a heart attack. Once medical has been ruled out, psychotherapy ; hypnosis can help. Read more...

Might it be possible that a a lot of anxiety and stress cause a heart attack in a person with a healthy heart?

Not directly. Anxiety and stress can cause arrhythmias, including serious ones that may be life threatening, but those are not technically a heart attack. Psychosocial stresses often are associated with poor lifestyle habits (diet, weight, lack of exercise, cigarette use) that may contribute to heart attack risks. Read more...
Rare. Pts with an acute or traumatic life altering event has been known to cause chest pain ekg changes and a wall motion abnormality in the front of the heart on echo . The cardiac enzymes will rise as well . When a heart cath is done no blockage is found . This has been dubbed " broken heart syndrome " . Presumeable cause is from the catacholamines ie adrenaline rush that affects the heart . Read more...

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.

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

I seen that a doctor on here named Dr. Andrew Michaels said Anxiety can cause a heart attack. Not all people who have anxiety have one correct? True??

Anxiety & The Heart. Hi German, Anxiety (or chronic anxiety) is what we consider a "psychosocial risk factor" for cardiac disease and potential heart attacks. Other risk factors include work stress, social isolation, chronic anger, Type A behavior, etc. They increase the likelihood of experiencing cardiac events and/or risk for cardiac disease. You can have a heart attack without these but they increase your chances. Read more...

How to tell if I have a heart attack cause I got anxiety tachycardia palpitations?

Possible . Superimposed on other risks anxiety may lead to some increased pulse rate, but not usually irregularities look at american heart " simple seven" and get yourself a plan! to be healthy. Read more...
Very unlikely at . Your young age unless there were other major comirbidities. Read more...