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how to tell the difference between asthma ans a heart attack

A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elden Rand
20 years experience Cardiology
Can be similar: Sometimes asthma attack and heart attack can both have chest tightness and difficulty breathing. Would need to undergo evaluation in an emergency ... Read More
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Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Can't always: Associated symptoms vary with heart attack, and wheeze may rarely be present. Usually chest pain/pressure prominent feature, but not always. Asthma ne ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
47 years experience Cardiology
Inhaler vs ER: If you have an asthma attack, use an inhaler (if that was given to you by your doctor) If you have a heart attack, you belong in the ER. HOWEVER: thi ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Luis Taylor
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Depends: It is risky only if there is a documented history of significant heart disease , eg, stents, angioplasty, bypass, HTN. Otherwise, asthma is not a ri ... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Josa
38 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Wheezing: CHF can cause wheezing and shortness of breath which mimics asthma but there is no cause and effect otherwise.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience Addiction Medicine
Not heart attack: Just by listening to the presentation, i think you are having a panic attack. Asthma could do this due to hyperventilation, but it seems more like pan ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
While : While the pain you are experiencing in your chest can be attributed to your asthma attack, it is better to be safe than sorry. Chest pain can also be ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
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Rest: When you rest and calm down your symptoms such as chest pain should go away. It is difficult if you have heart disease and panic attacks.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Can be hard to tell: It can be hard to tell the difference between heartburn and a heart attack, since both can cause a prolonged burning sensation in the chest. Since hea ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Troponin: Serial troponin elevation is very sensitive for myocardial cell death. Clinical suspiciousness may lead to diagnose an acute myocardial infarction bef ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nantida Hong
20 years experience Hospital-based practice
Pattern of pain: It may be easier to differentiate the pleuritic pain from heart attack pain. However, it is quite difficult to differentiate between heart attack and ... Read More

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