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Old 01-06-2007, 08:27 PM   #1
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Can stress & anxiety cause a stroke??

Does stress cause strokes??

I have lots of stress, anxiety, and all kinds of heart races and chest pains (and im 24)............ but im getting better

But im more worried about my mother. she is the MOST stressed out boston lady you will ever even hear about.

She gets so ****** off --- and jus tsnaps ---- to the point where its like her heart is gonna come out of her

Shes getting older, and im getting worried... she wont chill out.

What could happen to her??? Could she get a stroke from all the stress??

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Old 01-06-2007, 11:25 PM   #2
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Re: Can stress & anxiety cause a stroke??

Stress can do an emormous amount of damage. I don't mean just phsyical, but mental as well. When someone get extremely upset adrenalin is realized. The body will go from calm to a fight or flight response. I would think about it as a car. When your idling, your there running fine, not using a lot of gas. Push the pedal to the floor, all of a sudden the car is using more gas, oxygen, and decreasing the life of the vechile.
The body is very capable of dealing with a variety of different conditions, emotionaly and phsyically. You have to ask yourself at what price. This is where your worry is coming into place. Blood pressure is increased during this adrenalin rush. Can a stroke come from stress? Anything is possible. Instead of worry about if your going to have a stroke, because that will make you more anxious, ask yourself what can you do to reduce the amount of stress.
As for you mother, I feel bad for her. People get on destructive paths. You can't change her on your own. She has to want to change, and getting her to want to change is a challenge all its own. Perhaps when she's calm, and your calm talk about how much you love one another, and the good times you've shared through the years. Try to concentrate on what might make you and her happy. If all else fails, don't let yourself become taken down to far. I can speak from experience. My dad had so many problems. I tried so very hard to get his life turned around. To me the answers were clear, but I could never get that across to him. It took me years to realize that no matter how hard I tried, I wasn't going to change him. That doesn't mean that I don't love him any less, it just means that I'm my own person, and despite the painful circumstances, I'm not going to let others get me down too much, where I can't pick myself back up.

Good Luck to both You and your mother.

Old 01-07-2007, 01:42 PM   #3
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Re: Can stress & anxiety cause a stroke??

I do not believe stress & anxiety could be a main cause of a stroke. However, they could be contributing factors.

I would not think that anxiety and stress ALONE could cause a healthy person to have a stroke. *Just my opinion*

Good Luck!


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Old 01-07-2007, 02:49 PM   #4
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Re: Can stress & anxiety cause a stroke??

I don't think so, but if you are a candidate for a heart condition or stroke and you have some of the warning signs they stress and panic could be enough to put you over the edge. It is very important to take care of your physical health as well as your mental health. The physical exercise will actually help you feel better mentally.

Old 01-07-2007, 10:18 PM   #5
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Re: Can stress & anxiety cause a stroke??

I always freak out about this type of thing when I am anxious, especially if my head is feeling weird or if I have a migraine. I'm always thinking Im going to have a stroke or aneurysm. My anxiety actually started up real bad again coincidentally around the same time my friend's dad died from an aneurysm, so that especially had me really going.
I actually was watching a rerun of Grey's Anatomy tonight and one of the patients had one, and of course, Im not feeling well, so my thinking started going that way. I just keep telling myself that I'm ok and as long as I'm still seeing and breathing, I'm ok.

Old 01-15-2007, 08:02 PM   #6
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Re: Can stress & anxiety cause a stroke??

can anuerisms happen from stress???!

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