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Is there any way to tell if someone died of a heart attack without an autopsy

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
40 years experience Geriatrics
Hx & risk ( ): People who die with a hand or clenching fist in their chest when they collapse, or if they had history of coronary disease ( had previous heart attack ... Read More
Dr. Jennifer Lee
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Unless they had laboratory studies done on their blood at the time of the heart attack, there would be no way of telling.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No: An electrocardiogram or bloodwork or imaging may make the diagnosis certain before death. Otherwise, a variety of illnesses from pulmonary thromboemb ... Read More

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
20 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Too many: About 600, 000 people died last year in usa from heart disease. These links may help: http://goo.Gl/fxk4i and http://goo.Gl/ufpii.
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Many: Aha has some numbers > 600000 less as we learn bls. Call 911 and get to treatment centers for stents or surgery!
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Hello. : Hello. Chest pain and tightness can occur as a physiologic response to anxiety. However with your strong family history, it would be worth it to have ... Read More
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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
34 years experience Child Psychiatry
Vegan diet: With that family history it would be wide to consider vegan diet(no animal products) there is good evidence that this can reverse heart disease for ma ... Read More
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Hard to say: When there is heart disease at an early age that does tend to increase the risk of heart disease in offspring. That is a risk factor that you canno ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Hard to say: Ischemia means a lack of oxygen to the tissues. This is usually caused by a blockage in the supplying artery. Blockages are most often caused by ath ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ira Friedlander
42 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
These incidents are: very rare in "healthy" individuals. Unfortunately you need a good definition of healthy. EKG normal, heart pumping function normal, non smoker, exerci ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
30 years experience Internal Medicine
Heart risk: There are risks that can lead to heart disease, and there are non-invasive medical tests that can help you determine what your current status is. Risk ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
35 years experience Pediatrics
Who knows?: We know nothing about this man, his medical history, what medications he was on, if was intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, etc. impossible to say. He c ... Read More
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Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
Of course: You should realize understand that your blood vessels can change their size and thus affect the resistance that your heart has to pump against. A prof ... Read More

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