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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

Until the arrival of processed foods in the early 20th century, heart attacks and strokes were rare.

Answered Jun 5, 2014

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Dr. Lori Wagner answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Fish oil, overall, has not decreased the risk of heart attack.

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Dr. Tracy Berg answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Cancer is an issue for nicotine users. Vascular events, stroke & heart attack, are a bigger issue.

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Dr. Robert Binford answered

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery

About 30% of heart attacks, strokes can be prevented with mediterranean diet - recent study found.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

What can you do to reduce your risk of having a heart attack? Lower your cholesterol level.

Answered Sep 29, 2016

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Dr. William Harris answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Among women, those who smoke and take birth control pills are 13 times more likely to have a heart attack.

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Dr. James Chapman answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Improved endurance and stamina, reduced chance of heart attack and stroke, and longer life span.

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Dr. Kenneth Grossman answered

Specializes in Endodontics

Decreasing cholesterol decreases plaque buildup in arteries, decreasing heart attacks and strokes.

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Dr. Victor Bonuel answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Don't take diabetes for granted. It can lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness, & kidney failure!

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Dr. Andrew Doe answered

Specializes in Radiology - Interventional

Varicose veins (venous insufficiency) affects more than twice as many people as heart attacks!

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Dr. Steven Busuttil answered

Specializes in Surgery - Vascular

Pad is a marker of artery disease that can lead to heart attack and stroke.

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Dr. William Carlos answered

Specializes in Critical Care

Avoid high salt containing foods and eat lots of fruits and veggies.

Answered Sep 29, 2016

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Dr. Joseph Moore answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Cardiology

Just as many women die from heart attack as men but women frequently have more unusual symptoms.

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Dr. Suzanne Fiala answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

All heart attacks present with severe chest pain radiating to the left neck and arm. Not so!

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger answered

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Don't smoke, get regular aerobic exercise, learn to handle stress.

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Dr. Maureen Mays answered

Specializes in Clinical Lipidology

High fiber, low saturated fat, daily exercise, avoid processed meats, keep BP normal.

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Dr. Maureen Mays answered

Specializes in Clinical Lipidology

They always cause chest pain: not true. Sometimes it's neck, jaw, arm or back pain - or no pain.

Answered Sep 16, 2013

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Dr. Maureen Mays answered

Specializes in Clinical Lipidology

In the usa, 47% of people die when they have their 1st heart attack. Only 53% survive the 1st one.

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Dr. Rick Koch answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Get a complete evaluation by your physician for identifying & treating cardiac risk factors.

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Dr. Rick Koch answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Nearly 70% of heart attacks are caused by blockages <50% which will not be detected on a stress test.

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Dr. Maritza Baez answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Try meatless mondays to reduce your meat consumption. Your cholesterol may improve.

Answered Aug 24, 2014

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Your cholesterol is less a predictor than fasting ldl/hdl and chol/hdl for heart attack risk!

Answered Jun 11, 2014

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Men taking calcium daily had higher mi (heart attack) risk in a recent study. Implications uncertain!

Answered Sep 18, 2013

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Calcium should be taken throughout day, not in 1 huge dose. Currently, men are advised not to supplement.

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

The polyphenols found in olives, olive leaf & oil are cardioprotective & prevent arterial plaques!

Answered Apr 25, 2016

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

50% of diabetics are diagnosed after their first heart attack! if family history strong, get checked!

Answered Sep 29, 2016

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Dr. Elden Rand answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Myth: all heart attacks have crushing mid-chest pressure. Reality: symptoms are variable.

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Dr. Elden Rand answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women. (source: cdc.gov ).

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

What is ldl? A complex of 80-100 proteins & transports all fat molecules in the water outside cells.

Answered Jun 14, 2013

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Dr. Thomas Wright answered

Specializes in Phlebology

Heart disease: often the first symptom is sudden death from a heart attack.

Answered Aug 18, 2013

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Dr. Tracy Lovell answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - rheumatology

Heart attacks are more apt to occur from 7 am to 9 am.

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Dr. Tracy Lovell answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - rheumatology

Ra puts you at increased risk for cardiovascular disease--work with your doctors to reduce your risk.

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Dr. Tracy Lovell answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - rheumatology

Psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis increase your for heart disease. Take steps to reduce your risk.

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Dr. Tracy Lovell answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - rheumatology

Lupus increases your risk for heart disease. Work with your doctors to reduce your risk.

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Dr. Rick Koch answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Family history of heart disease increases your risk by 200-300%.

Answered Jul 7, 2013

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Dr. Gerald Neuberg answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Diet, regular exercise, relaxation lowers bp. If at heart risk, consider fish oil and baby aspirin.

Answered Mar 14, 2016

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

A heart attack may present with jaw pain instead of chest pain.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

A heart attack may be mistaken for indigestion.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

A heart attack may present with nausea or even vomiting.

Answered May 24, 2014

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

A heart attack may cause tightness or pressure in the center of the chest.

Answered May 10, 2014

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

During a heart attack pain may travel from the left shoulder down into the arm.

Answered Sep 28, 2016

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Some people who experience a heart attack have no symptoms.

Answered Apr 3, 2016

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Lightheadedness can be a heart attack symptom.

Answered Aug 15, 2017

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

A heart attack can present as shortness of breath with or without chest pain.

Answered Apr 4, 2014

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Anxiety or feelings of impending doom may accompany a heart attack.

Answered Sep 28, 2016

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

You may be unable to sleep if you are experiencing a heart attack.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Pain from a heart attack may radiate from the chest into one or both arms.

Answered May 20, 2014

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Some people may experience mild pain with a heart attack while it may be severe for others.

Answered Mar 22, 2014

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

A heart attack can occur night or day, while at rest or when exerting, with or without warning.

Answered Jul 2, 2014

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Dr. Thomas Wright answered

Specializes in Phlebology

Skipping breakfast may increase the risk of heart disease by27% according to article in circulation.

Answered Jul 24, 2013

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Dr. Thomas Wright answered

Specializes in Phlebology

Childhood obesity can cause cardiovascular damage even prior to adulthood.

Answered Oct 30, 2013

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Dr. Ravi Chand answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Heart attack sometimes may present as heart burn.

Answered Jul 20, 2014

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Have your nitro tablet on hand and someone else nearby when you exercise.

Answered Jul 28, 2014

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Women often have fewer warning signs than men do before a heart attack.

Answered Jul 28, 2014

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Dr. Caroline Cribari answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Heart disease and heart attacks can present symptoms very differently in women than in men.

Answered Apr 26, 2018

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Dr. Thomas Wright answered

Specializes in Phlebology

Get your flu shot. It may help prevent heart attacks by as much as 50%.

Answered Aug 25, 2013

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Dr. Soren Singel answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

Gardening - just the right amount of cardiovascular exercise.

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Dr. J. Blake Perkins answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Myth: if it doesn't hurt, i will be fine. Fact: heart disease doesn't hurt until it's too late!

Answered Feb 26, 2015

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Dr. Steven Koos answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Correlations between periodontal disease and coronary artery disease warrant keeping gums healthy!

Answered Sep 28, 2016

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Dr. Steven Koos answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Myth: Women present with the classic signs of heart attack. In fact, their signs can often be subtle.

Answered Feb 3, 2015

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Dr. Bradford Romans answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Know your risk factors; family history, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, tobacco use.

Answered Mar 22, 2015

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Dr. Carlos Satulovsky answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Sometimes, heart attacks are totally "silent" (not only in diabetes patients) and go unnoticed.

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Dr. Robert Kent answered

Specializes in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Make sure you brush your teeth. Increased oral hygiene has been shown decrease chance of mi.

Answered Mar 11, 2014

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Heart attacks can often present as stomach pain.

Answered Jan 11, 2014

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Cardiology

The sooner a patient seeks medical attention, the higher the chance of a better outcome.

Answered Dec 26, 2013

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Cardiology

Heart healthy diet, exercise and weight loss. Prevention is very important. Get routine check ups.

Answered Dec 12, 2015

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Dr. Mohammed Parvez answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

People with family history of heart disease are more likely to get heart attack at early age.

Answered Mar 16, 2018

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Dr. Thomas Wright answered

Specializes in Phlebology

Patients with chest pain of short duration, less than 5 minutes, are unlikely to have a heart attack.

Answered Oct 1, 2013

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Dr. Evan Altman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Patients who have experienced a heart attack are more likely to have major depression.

Answered Sep 22, 2013

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Dr. William Harris answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Cocaine can cause enough blood vessel constriction to cause a heart attack with normal vessels!

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger answered

Specializes in

Not smoking, vegetarian type diet and regular aerobic exercise can really help prevent heart attacks.

Answered Aug 29, 2017

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger answered

Specializes in

Heart attacks can happen in people who have had no symptoms beforehand.

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

↑ldl-lipoproteins ; ↓large hdl-lipoprotein, glucose ↑low normal ; systolic BP ↑120 mmhg main drivers.

Answered Sep 28, 2016

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

Does cholesterol come from food? Answer: no, little if any. It is manufactured by every animal cell.

Answered Oct 8, 2013

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

How is cholesterol transported around the body in h2o outside cells? Within lipoprotein particles.

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Dr. James Burns answered

Specializes in Emergency Medicine

Don't smoke, become overweight, sit on your butt. Do check b/p, cholesterol and exercise 4 times/wk.

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

Do LDL particles always carry the same number of cholesterol molecules? No, varies up to 8 to 1.

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Dr. James Chapman answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Don't smoke, exercise regularly, diet low in saturated and transfat, normalize BP and lipids.

Answered Jun 17, 2014

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Dr. Michael Ein answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Stop smoking/aerobic exercise q2d/get to ideal weight/take statins for cholesterol/take asa 81mg/day.

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Dr. Marsha Davis answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

It's a myth that: heart attacks can't happen if you are healthy.

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Dr. Marsha Davis answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Over 700, 000 people a year have a diagnosed heart attack. More that are undiagnosed.

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Dr. Marsha Davis answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Heart attacks are preventable . Contrôlée your blood pressure and cholesterol ; blood sugar.

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Dr. Tod Haller answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Don't mix nitrites with viagra (sildenafil). This can be deadly.

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Dr. Tod Haller answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

People may think viagra (sildenafil) is safe after heart attacks, but if you use nitrites, you can't use viagra (sildenafil).

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Vit e, garlic, fish oil, vit c are all useless.

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

One half of all diabetics are diagnosed after their first heart attack! be checked!

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Know your risk factors! smoking, obesity, cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes. Correct them!

Answered Jan 26, 2014

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Dr. Umesh Patel answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

Maintain 'ideal body weight', exercise regularly, eat healthy foods, adequate sleep, don't stress.

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Dr. Umesh Patel answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

Symptoms of indigestion, breathlessness, fatigue, jaw pain may be from heart vessel blockage.

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Dr. Umesh Patel answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

Pain in the middle of the chest radiating to the left arm may not always occur during a heart attack.

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Dr. Orlando Deffer answered

Specializes in - Select Specialities -

Most heart attacks occur from an unstable cholesterol plaque and medicines can lower your risk.

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Dr. Daniel Zanger answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Most heart attacks take place in the morning.

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Dr. Mary Callahan answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Chest pain is not the only pain associated with heart attacks, it can be shoulder, jaw or arm pain.

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Dr. Budi Bahureksa answered

Specializes in Cardiology

It is a true cardiovascular accident -- thus lowering the risk factors is the goal.

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Dr. Jesus Yap answered

Specializes in Cardiology

About half of heart attacks is cause by genes we are born with (genetics) and half is cause by what we do to ourselves after we are born(environment) .So consider that in half of the cases,it is preventable or can be modified.

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Dr. Lance Berger answered

Specializes in Cardiology

"Time is muscle". If you have chest discomfort, call 911 ASAP. Let the experts do their job.

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Dr. Warren Foster answered

Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology

Sudden collapse suggests a dangerous electrical heart problem, rather than a "heart attack".

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Never ignore chest pain triggered by physical activities.

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Dr. Harinder Gill answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Most occur at rest or with minimal activity.

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Dr. Harinder Gill answered

Specializes in Cardiology

People with creased earlobes are more likely to harbor atherosclerosis.

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Dr. Peter Banitt answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Cardiology

Heart attack pain can be anywhere from the ears to the belly button. It is not just chest pain.

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Dr. Aurea Tomeski answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Fatigue is a common symptom of women having heart attacks without chest pain .

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Dr. Jeffrey Webber answered

Specializes in Cardiology

What to do if javing a heart attack is happening? Take an aspirin, any dose, immediately ,go to ER.

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Dr. Jeffrey Webber answered

Specializes in Cardiology

If constant chest pain concerns you for a heart attack, seek immediate attention at the closest ER.

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Dr. Rodney Samaan answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Take an aspirin and call 911 if you have chest pain. Maintain a blood pressure of less than 120/80.

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Dr. Raghuraman Vidhun answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Unusual heart burns after age 40 could be a sign of heart attack... Don't ignore it as indigestion.

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Dr. Carlos Orrego answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. Therefore, it is better to prevent it than treat it.

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Dr. Camille Pearte answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Cardiology

Many heart attacks can be prevented with lifestyle. Healthy DIET &amp; WEIGHT EXERCISE, &amp; NO SMOKING!!

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Dr. Camille Pearte answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Cardiology

The majority of heart attacks could be prevented with adoption of healthy lifestyle changes!

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Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

The incidence of depressive disorder increases after a heart attack.

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Dr. H Robert Silverstein answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Unless there is another cause, they don't occur when the nonHDL cholesterol is.

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Dr. Philip Miller answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Risk factors include: hypertension, diabetes, obesity, elevated lipids,lack of exercise/family hist.

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Antidepressants may be very helpful especially in men after a heart attack.

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Dr. Stanley Berger answered

Specializes in Cardiology

High BP, high cholesterol, and smoking - key risk factors. 49% of Americans have one of these (CDC).

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Dr. Marc Mugmon answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Women may experience shortness of breath/fatigue rather than chest pain during a heart attack.

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Dr. Scott Carollo answered

Specializes in Cardiology

In 50% of first time heart attacks, the first symptom is sudden death.

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Dr. Christian Assad answered

Specializes in Cardiology

The dates with highest cardiac mortality are Christmas and New Year! (Journal Circulation).

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Dr. Douglas Westveer answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Experts estimate that 4 out of 5 heart attacks can be avoided by appropriate lifestyle choices.

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Dr. Jessica Allan answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Heart attacks can be silent. When blood flow is blocked, scars and damage to heart can occur.

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Dr. Robert Henson answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine - Cardiology

If you've had a heart attack, you're 32 times more likely to have sleep apnea than someone who hasnt.

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Dr. Rishi Vohora answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Don't think of it as an event that causes chest "pain". It's more often a discomfort, ache, etc.

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Dr. Cary Rose answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Heart attacks are different in women and men. Women often just get breathless, not pain!

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Dr. Christopher Varughese answered

Specializes in Cardiology

More heart attacks and sudden deaths occur on Monday than on any other day of the week.

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Dr. Jasdeep Dalawari answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Most heart attacks occur from blockages less than 50% which break and clot over!

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Dr. Stephen Sigal answered

Specializes in Cardiology

The CDC estimates that someone suffers a heart attack in the US every 43 seconds.

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Dr. Lee Marcus answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Most heart attacks occur in people without severe blockages of their coronary arteries.

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