Is it possible to die of fear?  What happens in the body of a panicked man?  -

There are millions of ways to die: bacterial infections, respiratory illnesses or traffic accidents. You can lose your life in many ways, but can scare be included in this list? Is it really possible to die of fear?

As unbelievable as it sounds, you may even die of fear. Although it happens less often, almost anyone can go through such an episode, although some are more likely to die this way.

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In this article you will find that the risk of dying from fear or another strong emotion is higher for people with pre-existing heart problems, but victims and people who are perfectly healthy from all points of view may fall.

How can a person die of fear?

Fear, once triggered, spreads widely in the human body. In our brain, the amygdala is responsible for recording the stimuli associated with fear and triggering a response in the nervous system.

From there, the hypothalamus releases stress hormones called cortisol and adrenaline into the bloodstream (remember these names). Such a reaction causes the heart rate to increase and the lungs to dilate, allowing more oxygen into the system.

Organs that prove to be useless in a life-and-death interaction, such as the gastrointestinal system, are put “on hold” so that the body’s main resources are sent to the muscles, which are obviously more important in -a dangerous situation.

In a way, this whole chemical cascade has helped us for thousands of years, helping us to escape countless dangerous situations. However, it has also given rise to potentially dangerous reactions, especially in the relatively comfortable world in which we live in modern times.

This is especially true for adrenaline, a neurotransmitter hormone responsible for preparing the body to perform “great deeds.” Although it is important for the human body, when it is in excess, adrenaline can cause serious damage to the heart, even fatal, as we will see in the following paragraphs.

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Adrenaline and its ability to make anyone die of fear

When it is secreted in a stressful situation, the adrenaline triggers a calcium wave that invades the thoracic cavity and stiffens the heart muscles, ensuring that they remain strengthened until the threat passes.

So far, so good, but the problem is that this influx can have unwanted consequences. If too much calcium is involved in this process or if the body is too sensitive to its presence, this mineral can prevent the heart from beating normally.

Without a constant and adequate supply of blood, the person may succumb to ventricular fibrillation. Without emergency medical intervention, such as defibrillation (electrodes that administer a repairing electric shock), this condition will cause a severe alteration in blood pressure and will eventually kill the person.

It is important to note that high adrenaline levels are not just caused by fear itself. Other strong emotions can also trigger an adrenaline rush.

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For example, high-performance sports and even sex are known to cause adrenaline-induced deaths in large numbers in the body. Even if we understand the processes by which one can succumb to fear, few deaths have the term “fear” in death certificates and autopsy reports.

Fear kills, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to scare you (for your own good). These events are rare in healthy people without pre-existing heart disease.

If fear makes you sick, the best thing you can do is be aware of what you are going through, try to calm down, and seek medical help right away.

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