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What are 4 things that happen right before a heart attack?

What are 4 things that happen right before a heart attack?

Heart attack: There are many things that can happen right before the heart attack, but 4 major ones are: lightheadedness (syncope), crushing chest pressure, sometimes upper abdominal pressure and nausea (if the heart attack is affecting the right side of the heart), and perspirations.

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I've been experiencing severe panic attacks right before going to bed. I feel as if I can't breath, like I'm having a heart attack and will die. I also have physical symptoms such as a bad pain in my left arm and back, tingling in my hand and sweating.

I've been experiencing severe panic attacks right before going to bed. I feel as if I can't breath, like I'm having a heart attack and will die. I also have physical symptoms such as a bad pain in my left arm and back, tingling in my hand and sweating.

Be careful: Be certain that the cause is truly a panic attack: this a "diagnosis of exclusion." first you need to be checked carefully for other, more ominous causes. See your family doc if you haven't already. If it's deemed to be panic, consider relaxation techniques like transcendental meditation, yoga, self hypnosis with or without assistance from a tranquilizer (under the direction of your doc).

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What four things do you feel before heart attack?

What four things do you feel before heart attack?

Classic 4 or more: Usual sub-sternal crushing severe durable sustained, anxiety producing, with clammy skin, pallor and radiation to left upper arm with a squeeze. Much variability!

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Heart attack before four years. How to make heart musles strong.

Heart attack before four years. How to make heart musles strong.

How to improve heart: You can consider taking CoQ10 300 mg per day which can improve contractility. Vitamin d 5000 IU per day which can less overall heart mortality. Neo 40 which has Nitric oxide which can improve perfusion to heart and other organs. Testosterone which strengthens heart and relaxes blood vessels. Magnesium. Fish/Krill oil which improves lipid profile and decreases arrthymias.

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I'm 18 and drank four 5 hour energy drinks within a matter of about 5 hours or so. I am displaying symptoms of a heart attack. What do I do?

I'm 18 and drank four 5 hour energy drinks within a matter of about 5 hours or so. I am displaying symptoms of a heart attack. What do I do?

Heart attack: You should not drink excess energy drinks as they cause palpitations. If you are still experiencing palpitations, chest pressure or pain or shortness of breath please go to your nearest er.

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Have been having bad panic attacks for four months and arguing with family a lot I get very angry and stressed can this cause a heart attack?

Have been having bad panic attacks for four months and arguing with family a lot I get very angry and stressed can this cause a heart attack?

Heart attack: Probably not. I strongly recommend you get an appointment to see a Psychologist. You will be seen a few times but you will come out as happy as can be and life will go on just fine.

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Symptoms mimicking heart attack with left arm pain and chronic chest pain for four months. Ultrasound and Holter test fine. What could it be?

Symptoms mimicking heart attack with left arm pain and chronic chest pain for four months. Ultrasound and Holter test fine. What could it be?

By symptoms: Mimicking heart attack do you mean sweating, nausea, palpitations, dizziness, vomiting, shortness of breath, dull squeezing aching chest pain and weakness? Or do you mean sharp chest pain? You need a stress test and then treatment for the muscles and bones of your chest if it is normal too.

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What are some proven ways to fight esophageal spasms? Those things hurt worse than a heart attack, and can be quite frequent at times.

What are some proven ways to fight esophageal spasms? Those things hurt worse than a heart attack, and can be quite frequent at times.

Esophagitis: Painful!! You really need to see a GAstrointestinal doctor. He may want to take a look at your esophagus and take a biopsy. Many factors make it worse - GERD, allergies to foods, spicy foods, smoking, and hot drinks. Help would be acid reflux meds, diet change, chewing food better and drinking more water with meals and sleeping with the head elevated. See your doctor!!!

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What kind of x-rays or things can the ER do to see if someone is having heart attack or blockage? Just curious

What kind of x-rays or things can the ER do to see if someone is having heart attack or blockage? Just curious

Coronary CT: They can do a fast coronary CT if they are equipped for it. In conjunction with blood tests (troponin), they can 'rule out' a heart attack.

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How does your head feel before a heart attack?

How does your head feel before a heart attack?

At 24, I expect: Even though I don't know how your head would feel, that... This may be a panic attack - not a heart attack. But they are both serious and feel awful - go to an er or urgent care to reassure yourself and get some good advice for moving forward. You can learn more about yourself and how to take better care of the only you you've got. Good luck.

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How can I know how much food do I have to eat before a heart attack or stroke can happen im always worried everytime I eat meat my panic gets worse?

How can I know how much food do I have to eat before a heart attack or stroke can happen im always worried everytime I eat meat my panic gets worse?

A little won't hurt: Only some people are prone to have trouble with meat, family history is a good clue. A small amount of meat generally does not cause trouble several times a month is seldom a problem.

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How high does blood pressure get before a heart attack?

How high does blood pressure get before a heart attack?

It doesn't: Although high blood pressure is a risk factor for coronary heart disease, there is no evidence that there is an acute rise in blood pressure prior to a heart attack.

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How severe can blood pressure get before a heart attack?

How severe can blood pressure get before a heart attack?

Very: Aorta may tear first! I have seen 300/ 140 almost limit of cuff and accuracy high BP not always related to heart attack!

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How high can blood pressure get before a heart attack occurs?

How high can blood pressure get before a heart attack occurs?

Depends: This is very individual. If you have had high blood pressure for a long time, your body is used to it and may tolerate it longer. If you for example take Cocaine or other drugs that raise your blood pressure suddenly, even a small increase can give you a heart attack. No guarantees either way..

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How long could you have chest pressure before a heart attack?

How long could you have chest pressure before a heart attack?

Don't wait too long: Time is muscle! That means the longer you wait with chest pain the more heart muscle could die. If you have typical chest pain or pressure radiating to your jaw or neck that does not go away with rest you may be having a heart attack. Nausea, sweating, and crushing chest pain are the common symptoms. 5 minutes of chest pain is plenty to start worrying about.

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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