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Heart
Cardiovascular Health
Death and Dying

Has a person ever been scared to death?

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Elyse Schaden
December 16, 2019 9:54PM

Yes. Notably (and unfortunately), this happened in 2008, when a fleeing bank robber broke into a 79-year-old woman’s house to hide from police. The woman died of a heart attack, and the robber was given a life sentence for causing her death.

While every cardiac event is different, here’s some information about what fear does to your heart: When you feel you’re in danger, your brain orders a surge of adrenaline to course through your body—this triggers your fight-or-flight response, which, among other things, raises your heart rate. The intent is to pump blood to your muscles and other vital organs, preparing you for battle or escape, but in extreme circumstances and risk-prone hearts, this can cause a heart attack.

That’s horrifying, but death by fear is rare. Here’s Vincent Bufalino, MD, in his interview with the American Heart Association:

“You can have a sudden cardiac-related event related to an adrenaline surge, but I think it would be a stretch to say you could get that from someone coming in a werewolf costume to your front door. [Something that will give you a heart attack] is the kind of thing that you can't prepare for. If it happens, it happens, and you hope your body doesn't overreact to that event.”

So, yes, someone has been scared to death, but this isn’t something you need to worry about.

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SteveHarrison
January 04, 2020 9:37PM
One can assume or presume that a death was caused by fear, but this is unprovable. There's never any way of kowing for certain whether the death was induced by fear or whther it was just a coincidence. Somone mentioned in here that an elderly woman was scared to death by an intruder, and was conviceted of it in court. The fact that a court legally convicted the man for the womans murder, doesn't meant that the man medically, actually caused her death.
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Armando Hinojosa
January 10, 2020 6:59PM
Yes when i was alive. Until i was drafted.
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Staffono Stubbs
January 09, 2020 12:07AM
ha ....it was real
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Paul Promise
January 08, 2020 12:06PM
Everyone is always afaid of death mostly when they hear people dieing
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SteveHarrison
January 04, 2020 9:35PM
One can assume or presume that a death was caused by fear, but it is unprovable. There's never any way of kowing for certain whether the death was induced by fear or whther it was just a coincidence. Somone mentioned in here that an elderly woman was scared to death by an intruder, and was conviceted of it in court. The fact that a court legally convicted the man for the womans murder, doesn't meant that the man medically, actually caused her death.
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SteveHarrison
January 04, 2020 9:26PM
One can suppose or presume that such deaths have occured, but there's no way to prove that the death wasn't just coincidental
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rajan b
January 04, 2020 1:10PM
Fear can cause a classic heart attack in people who are already at risk. "A person who is walking around with a 50% narrowing of the arteries may never have symptoms, but if they're held up at gunpoint or narrowly miss an auto accident, their adrenaline levels can rise and destabilize that plaque," Adrenaline and dopamine speed up heart rate and blood pressure, flooding your muscles with oxygen to prepare you for fight or flight. But because we understand that these Halloween scares are safe, we get to enjoy that feeling of being pumped up rather than actually fighting or running away inplant training in chennai
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Manoj Chakraborty
January 04, 2020 12:36PM
one when my fater want to deleted my game
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martin guptil
January 04, 2020 9:56AM
Lots of people in this world.
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top gamer dansk
January 03, 2020 10:14PM
what if you break something wail you are drunk do you have to pay for it or not if it's your friend item And it's outside in the public
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Liam Basham
January 03, 2020 9:45PM
everyones been scared to death.
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Acacia Rojas
January 09, 2020 7:35PM
Well, figuratively, we all have
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R S
January 06, 2020 10:46PM
According to an Islamic story from history (we believe this is real), there was a battle against the muslims in Arabia. Tha ngels descended to assist the Muslims, and many supernatural events occured. It was called the Battle of Badr, by the way. Anyway, two people were sitting (they were nonmuslim) and watching the battle. Suddenly, they saw and heard supernatural events. They heard a voice chanting, in arabic, what basically means Giddy up, Haizum. Haizum was the name of one of the angel's mounts, apparently. One of the two companions died, the other narrates he almost died, due to fear and surprise. I don't mean to offend anyone, but Muslims do belive in this event as real- therefore I am adding it here.