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"Stress" cardiomyopathy: A different kind of heart attack
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Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter
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Could Stress Cardiomypathy effect your Ejection Fraction?
Thank you for your comment God is always there in troubled times including broken hearts. I have had the fear and symptoms you described and have also found myself in the E.R being checked. But without a doubt always was cleared medically and I know God has his time for me and nothing I do can stop that.
As I told recently in my article “Stress as Cause of Heart Attacks – The Myogenic Theory” (1,2), the etiology of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is better explained by the myogenic theory of heart disease.
According the Myogenic Theory heart disease is a three-stage process:
Stage I: Stable angina, an intermittent and reversible process indicating regional myocardial ischemia (restriction in blood supply to the tissues) caused by physical exertion or psycho-emotional stress, and loss of regional myocardial contractility;
Stage II: Unstable angina, a process that is still reversible, indicating regional myocardial insufficiency, which is episodic, spontaneous, and reversible, with regional myocardial ischemia;
Stage III: Acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), an irreversible process characterized by regional myocardial insufficiency restrained and reversible only by cardiotonics; absolute regional myocardial ischemia; circulatory stagnation followed by myocardial necrosis; satellite coronary artery stasis, with possible fragmentation or displacement of atheromatous plaque due to the heart attack and vascular processes; and, on occasion, secondary coronary thrombosis.
1) Stress as Cause of Heart Attacks – The Myogenic Theory first appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Fall 2014
2) Carlos Monteiro. Stress as Cause of Heart Attacks – The Myogenic Theory, originally published in the Wise Traditions Journal (Fall edition, 2014) from Weston A. Price Foundation. Reproduced in Positive Health Online (Issue 222, May 2015),
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I don’t know if my comment went through I will start over here’s my story I got a bad phone call I mean it was bad I hung up here’s my story I got a bad phone call I mean it was bad I hung up immediately my bowels evacuated then I became very cold and sweaty and shaky my chest hurt to the extreme also my stomach. my head felt like it was going to blow off my ears were humming so loud like 4000 decibels I could hear my heart pounding so loud it was out of this world the nausea was so to the extreme that it actually hurt I couldn’t stand up I could not breathe it was so hard then I became very cold and sweaty and shaky mike just hurt to the stream also my stomach. My head felt like it was going to blow off my ears were home ing so loud like 4000 double I could hear my heart pounding so loud it was either this world the nadia was so to the extreme actually hurt I couldn’t stand up I could not read it was so hard actually breathe. I was unbalanced I laid on the floor I knew I was going to die I wrote a letter to God only about 5 words I could not take in food not even some sugar on a spoon I got through that night I could not sleep all night the pounding of my heart was so loud in my ears it was pure hell I got night I could not sleep all night the pounding on my heart was so loud in my ears it was pure hell I promise God if you don’t kill me I will go to the ER in the morning so then I had to get a shower because I looked really bad then I drove to the emergency room it was absolute hell drive prayed every second and distracted myself with singing they tested my heart it did not show damage they were very kind to me it really helped I can’t explain it I read so many of these articles about stress and I kept crying tonight this happened 7 months ago and I could never figure out what it was. so when I came upon these sites I am very relieved because I now know what happened. the next day it felt like someone shot me in the back with an elephant gun between my two shoulder blades my jaw side of my head bothered me with numbness and twitching it took about 2 weeks to stop all the weird symptoms I know for sure my brain was swelling my chloride levels crashed there was none no salt thank you for this site it truly was a broken heart I really did almost die you can die from being so so sad so hurt so crushed thank you God for saving my life amen
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