Is The Term 'Café Coronary' Related To Stress?

Dr. Gerardi answers the question: 'Is A Café Coronary Related To Stress?'

ByMaryrose Gerardi, Ph.D., Assistant Prof., Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program, Emory University
April 17, 2008, 2:41 PM

— -- Question: Is the term 'café coronary' related to stress?

Answer: Café coronary is poorly named because it really has nothing to do with having a heart attack. It refers to someone choking. But it can appear as if someone is having a heart attack, which is where the name comes from. And there is really no connection that we're aware of between stress and café coronary.

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