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Do you need to have heart disease, to have a heart attack?

Do you need to have heart disease, to have a heart attack?
Or can you just get one anyways, or do you necessarily have to have something wrong with your heart, like heart disease? Okay, then how do you get a blood clot? If you can get a heart attack from stress, I'm surprised I haven't had one yet.
Asked On : Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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You can have a heart attack without having heart disease, possible causes: -drugs especially cocaine -stress -cardiac trauma -excessive alcohol -diabetes -coronary artery spasm -exposure to extreme cold --hign homocysteine, c-reactive protein and fibrinogen levels -anomalous coronary artery -profound anemia or blood loss -lack of oxygen from respiratory failure, carbon monoxide poisoning -cardiac trauma You can develope a blood clot when you have coronary artery disease.As plaque forms in the walls of your coronary artery, it ruptures and blood continues to flow over the obstruction. The plaque ruptures and your platelets form a clot, causing a complete occlusion of your coronary artery.leading to a heart attack. Stress can lead to hypertension and added to other cardiac risk factors can cause a heart attack. I've been under severe stress for the last twelve years and my heart is ok. Add stress in combination with other risk factors such as high lipids etc. and you could be a ticking time bomb.Your question asked about causes other than coronary artery disease. I hope this helped, Donna B. -
Answered: Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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