Scared to Death

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Question:
Can too much adrenaline cause a heart attack? Just read a story about a 79 year old who got scared to death by a bank robber.

Answer

Broken Heart Syndrome is a condition caused by acute severe stress  and a sudden surge of stress hormones.. Some potential triggers of a broken heart syndrome include:

  • News of an unexpected death of a loved one
  • A frightening medical diagnosis
  • Domestic abuse
  • Natural disasters
  • Job loss
  • Divorce
  • Physical stressors, such as an asthma attack, a car accident, or major surgery

If it occurs in someone with an pre-existing heart condition such as coronary artery disease it may well cause a fatal acute heart attack.

Hope this helps,

Dr T

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