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A 38-year-old member asked:

what is the number of heart attacks (on average) a person can get before dying of one?

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Dr. Jennifer Lee
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
The size: The number does not matter as much as the size of the area of the heart attack.
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Heart attacks: Death from heart attacks are from two causes: sudden death from arrhythmia which can happen with one or many heart attacks, or from heart failure due to accumulated death of heart muscle of a total of 40% of the muscle with one or more heart attacks.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Are there gender differences in regards to heart attacks?

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
Yes: Men tend to begin getting heart attacks at earlier ages, although women are still at risk, and rates even up after their 50s. Women may also be less likely to describe classical symptoms of crushing chest pain, and may be more likely to describe indigestion or other, less specific symptoms. Unfortunately, heart disease is still a leading killer of women as well as men.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can weed cause heart attacks?

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Dr. Ricardo Fontillas
Child Psychiatry 37 years experience
Could: Mj is a plant that people burn just like tobacco and inhale lots of junk and reduction of oxygen in your blood. I would avoid anything that you will pay someone to get off.
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A 34-year-old male asked:

I will be going to a cardiologist for the 1st time in a few wks. I'm 34/m w a history of major heart attacks by 50. What can I expect on my 1st visit?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See below: He/she will listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are similarities and differences between heart attacks and strokes?

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Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Lack of blood: A heart attack is generally lack of blood to the heart itself leading to tissue damage. A stroke is lack of blood to the brain.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you please discuss the other symptoms of heart attacks?

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Dr. Diana Metzger
Cardiology 30 years experience
Variable: Classic heart attack symptoms include chest pain which may be squeezing, pressure, or aching; difficulty breathing; sweating; nausea; palpitations. Sometimes the discomfort is felt in the neck, jaw, or arms. If these symptoms are worsened when more demand is placed on the heart (like exercise), should be evaluated right away in emergency room.

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