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A 32-year-old member asked:

how can you tell if someone fakes a heart attack?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
EKGs and Enzymes: You can't fake a heart attack.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Negative troponins: Serial negative serum troponin 4hrs+ after event and every 6 hrs. X 4 times.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Doctors! what actions should one take after surviving a heart attack?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Same as Before: Good personal choices this time! no smoking regular cardiovascular exercize weight control watch vital signs, cholesterol, diet etc.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Could you have a heart attack with normal vitals?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Yes: Ad no- some will have elevated BP and tachycardia others low BP and/ or bradycardia. Need the whole picture.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What can be initial symptoms of heart attack?

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Dr. Andrew Poleszak
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Different: Typically chest pain.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me exactly when is a heart attack not a heart attack?

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Dr. Mark Gujer md fasa
Anesthesiology 26 years experience
When: You develop chest pain and symptoms of a heart attack but no muscle dies. It could have just been angina without actual cardiac injury. Cardiac lab tests ( enzymes) would be normal.
A 31-year-old member asked:

It is possible that a heart attack cause your nails to turn purple?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Not usually: Blue/ purple nail beds are a serious sign of poor circulation. Ischemic tissue with poor flow, or venous congestion and extraction of oxygen due to stasis. Need diagnosis and treatment.

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