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Stress: How Can This Affect A Woman’s Heart? - Dr. Atiemo

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Dr. Andrew Atiemo explains how stress can affect your heart. Dr. Atiemo is a cardiologist at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona.

Dr. Atiemo:
I think there really are a lot of ways in which stress can affect the heart. Stress can lead to elevations in blood pressure. There are certain behavioral changes that we see under stressful situations. Patients may eat poorly; they may smoke more and so, there are a number of things that can happen under stressful situations.

More recently in the literature a condition known as stress cardiomyopathy has been described and this is a situation in which under emotional stress patients can have symptoms, which mimic a heart attack. Laboratory tests often show signs of a small heart attack. However, on coronary angiography, which is a test to look for blockages in the arteries, there’s often no significant coronary disease. There’s no significant blockage.

The nice thing about this condition is that in general the prognosis is very good. Patients who have stress cardiomyopathy see very significant improvement in heart function over a period of days to weeks.

This condition really highlights the adverse effects that stress can have on heart and I think makes it important for us as clinicians to emphasize to patients the importance of stress management.

About Dr. Andrew D. Atiemo, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Dr. Atiemo is a cardiologist on staff at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, AZ. After completing his medical education at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Atiemo trained in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital. His passion for cardiology lead him to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland where he trained in general cardiology and interventional cardiology.

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Condition: Heart Disease, VTE, Deep Venous Thromboembolism, Coronary Artery Disease, Cardiomyopathy, Cardiovascular Disease, Pulmonary Embolism

Related Terms: Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Support, Chest Pain, Cardiac Catheterization, Stress Test, Weak Heart Muscle, Vascular Trauma, Heart Muscle Inflammation, Blood Clots, Enlarged Heart

Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Health, Banner Thunderbird, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, Banner Thunderbird Hospital

Location: Glendale, Arizona, Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Surprise, North Phoenix, 85306

Expert: Dr. Andrew Atiemo, Andrew Atiemo, M.D., Dr. Atiemo, Doctor Andrew Atiemo, Cardiologist Andrew Atiemo, M.D.

Expertise: Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Heart Catheterization, Balloon Angioplasty, Rheolytic Thrombectomy, AngioJet®, Acute Coronary Syndromes, Preventive Cardiology, Stress Cardiomyopathy


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