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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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Is upper back pain a possible symptom of a heart attack?

Is upper back pain a possible symptom of a heart attack?

Possible: It would be somewhat atypical as a symptom, but certainly possible. More concerning is the condition known as aortic dissection which commonly causes upper back pain. Of course numerous orthopedic conditions of the spine also cause this symptom. Get it checked out immediately if it is abrupt in onset and uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Dull ache in left upper back near shoulder blade. Worried about heart attack as I have read women often complain of this as a symptom?

Dull ache in left upper back near shoulder blade.  Worried about heart attack as I have read women often complain of this as a symptom?

Very unlikely: At your age - 31 - it is very unlikely that you would have disease of the blood vessels in the heart causing blockages and pain in chest or rarely back. Young women can sometimes have heart disease, but almost always there are risk factors which include smoking (major risk), use of oral contraceptives, strong family history, diabetes, high cholesterol+/or high BP. In their absence, very unlikely. ...Read more

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Woke up with dull pain in upper back(no specific spot) and some reflux that both have lasted all day. Common heart attack symptom? Or my anxiety?

Woke up with dull pain in upper back(no specific spot) and  some reflux that both have lasted all day.  Common heart attack symptom? Or my anxiety?

Probably not: more likely your symptoms are GI or musculoskeletal in nature, if going by the odds. Why? Because of the description of your symptoms, your young age, and your gender. Statistically speaking it's unlikely to be a heart attack. Nonetheless, if symptoms persist then a good idea to go get checked out ...Read more

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I am 32 yrs female i been having left arm numbness and my upper back its been hurting on and off its that a sing of a heart attack?

I am 32 yrs female i been having left arm numbness and my upper back its been hurting on and off its that a sing of a heart attack?

Heart attack: Women tend to have variable and atypical symptoms. Please see your pcp if your symptoms have resolved or go to the er if you have on going symptoms. ...Read more

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Chances of 31 female having a heart attack?dull pain in upper back/burping/reflux also. grandpa and father both had heart attacks at age 60.

Chances of 31 female having a heart attack?dull pain in upper back/burping/reflux also.   grandpa and father both had heart attacks at age 60.

Rare but possible: your risk is low if you don't smoke and your blood pressure is controlled, and you avoid drugs like cocaine. Because of your family history you should be evaluated in terms of lipid profile and cardiac evaluation but probably not necessary till you are closer to age 50 or menopause. ...Read more

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Did I have a mild heart attack if I have chest pain not due to injury pain in upper back, left side of neck down to elbow w/strong fam hist of heart ?

Did I have a mild heart attack if I have chest pain not due to injury pain in upper back, left side of neck down to elbow w/strong fam hist of heart ?

Can't say: Wouldn't know without an ekg. But with those symptoms and your family history i hope you submitted this question from the er waiting for an ekg!? ...Read more

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Upper back, shoulder and neck tight achy feeling. EKG a week ago was normal. muscular or tension? Going on 2 wks. Was scared it was heart attack.

Upper back, shoulder and neck tight achy feeling. EKG a week ago was normal. muscular or tension? Going on 2 wks. Was scared it was heart attack.

Could be muscular.: Given your medical information, symptoms and normal ECG, this could very well be muscular. Could be tension as well. Or simply postural. Computer users tend to get achy muscles as you have described - it's related to the computer posture, if you will. Normal ECG is reassuring. ...Read more

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My doctor said the veins in my heart are in spasm, what does this mean and how is it treated. I have had attacks like a heart attack starts in my upper back going into my chest throat and jaw lasting about 15 to 20 minutes. He also said I have no blockage

My doctor said the veins in my heart are in spasm, what does this mean and how is it treated. I have had attacks like a heart attack starts in my upper back going into my chest throat and jaw lasting about 15 to 20 minutes. He also said I have no blockage

Coronary Spasm: What you have is something called coronary vasospasm. The arteries that supply blood to your heart are made partly from muscles (like your intestines). Just like the muscles in the rest of the body, the muscles in these arteries can spasm. This causes the blood vessel to squeeze down on itself. This can then cause blood flow restriction. We usually treat this with medications, like nitro. ...Read more

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What are the main signs of a heart attack in a woman im 47 years old and I have been having some pain in the left side of my neck and upperback

What are the main signs of a heart attack in a woman im 47 years old and I have been having some pain in the left side of my neck and upperback

I : I will list some of the symptoms of a mycocardial infarction (heart attack). Chest pain, tightness, squeezing or fullness is the most common presentation. However the pain can also present in the upper back, the upper middle abdomen, jaw, head, teeth or in the arms (left more than right). One could have nausea, vomiting or it could feel like indigestion or heartburn. Feeling short of breath, sweating and just feeling out of sorts can also occur. About a fourth of people have no significant symptoms during a heart attack.
You asked specifically about symptoms in women. The following statistics are from a national institute of health study. 43% of women had no chest pain. 58% were short of breath; 55% had marked weakness; 43% experienced fatigue, with cold sweats in 39% & dizziness in 39%.
According to the study preceding their heart attacks women experienced the following symptoms: unusual fatigue - 70%; sleep disturbance - 48%; shortness of breath - 42%; indigestion - 39% and anxiety - 35%.
I hope this helps. Take care. ...Read more

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Should a person go back to work after a heart attack?

Should a person go back to work after a heart attack?

Yes: After being released to return to work by their cardiologist. ...Read more

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What does a dr mean when he say a heart attack is in the back of the heart?

What does a dr mean when he say a heart attack is in the back of the heart?

Based on coronaries: The heart muscle is fed (oxygenated blood) by 3 coronary artery branches ... A heart attack in the back of the heart is one caused by a blockage of the coronary artery that feeds the back of the heart, usually the circumflex coronary artery, but could be the right coronary artery. ...Read more

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Does a heart attack feel like something stabbing you in your heart into your back?

Does a heart attack feel like something stabbing you in your heart into your back?

It may: It may feel like that, or these may be the symptoms of a dissecting aneurysm. Or, it may be something entirely different like acid reflux or a pulled muscle. Go get yourself checked right away, especially if this is the first time you are having these symptoms. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a heart attack 3yrs back. my heart ef is 26. suggest remedial measures and ways to improve. how long will be my life span?

What to do if I had a heart attack 3yrs back. my heart ef is 26. suggest remedial measures and ways to improve. how long will be my life span?

Several things: 1. You have to see if it ischemic cardio-myopathy or non-ischemic.
2. There are several medications which help:
A. ACE inhibitors like (Enalapril, Lisinopril etc)
B. B blocker like Carvedilol, Metoproplol etc. These medications reduce BP and you should consult your doctor before using it.
C. Diuretics like Lasix (furosemide) and Spironolcatone
D. FInally cardiologist can place AICD / Device for arrythmia. ...Read more

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Heart attack 4 years back, efficiency reduced by 70%. Any chances of heart complications as she nears menopause? If so, what are signs to look out for

Heart attack 4 years back, efficiency reduced by 70%. Any chances of heart complications as she nears menopause? If so, what are signs to look out for

Needs Follow ups: After having had a heart attack with reduced ejection fraction it is very important to follow up with your Cardiologist and Medical Doctor. To keep your Cholesterol and BP under control and take other meds as prescribed like Aspirin and other cardiac drugs and follow up EKGs and Echocardiograms and exercise programme. You have to look for any chest pain,shortness of breath and edema legs . ...Read more

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Symtom's of women's heart attack pain from front to back on right side

Symtom's of women's heart attack pain from front to back on right side

Check with your doc: As soon as you think heart attack you should check with your doc.

Discuss your risk factors. ...Read more

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Can I go back to work after a mold heart attack

Can I go back to work after a mold  heart attack

Unable : To say without the exact details. Discuss with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Where does heart attack back pain occur? Or is it general

Where does heart attack back pain occur? Or is it general

Heart attack: Back pain with a heart attack generally isn't going to be seen in a 26y/o female who is unlikely to have a heart attack. Generally if a heart attack is present, other cardiac symptoms besides back pain are present and the position of the back pain is not specific ...Read more

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Heart attack 3 years ago can the muscle at the back of the heart repair its self which was damaged ?

Heart attack 3 years ago can the muscle at the back of the heart repair its self which was damaged ?

Heart attack: unfortunately the damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack is irreversible ...Read more

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29f. Whole back suddenly started aching...On and off...Feels a bit better when i lay down. Could that be a sign of heart attack?

29f.  Whole back suddenly started aching...On and off...Feels a bit better when i lay down.  Could that be a sign of heart attack?

Back aches: What you describe is highly unlikely to be related to the heart. It sounds more musculoskeletal. If it is persistent should see your doc and be evaluated. ...Read more

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I had a heart attack about 30 days ago and they put a stint in. I just went back to work and do some heavy lifting now my groin area hurts?

Bleeding risk: You are 43 and relatively young for a heart attack. You live in iowa. It is likely that your stent requires that you take plavix, (clopidogrel) a potent drug. The groin area is most likely the area of the needle to gain access to your heart for the stent. Have your doctor look at the area with ultrasound. They may have used a device to close the needle site. ...Read more

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My dad had a heart attack a while back but after it hes been feelining fine now his brains blury like hes not as sharp. What could that be?

My dad had a heart attack a while back but after it hes been feelining fine now his brains blury like hes not as sharp. What could that be?

Circulation: Heart attack means circulation is compromised. If that affects the heart that means most of the circulation is compromised already.Which includes the brain also. So controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and weight contributes to the circulation integrity. Make sure to have a work up done to check brain circulation including carotid ultrasound and brain mri. ...Read more

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Feeling pain in the left side of chest and back since mornin. Presently BP is 60/105. Is this symptom of heart attack? What should I do to get relief?

Feeling pain in the left side of chest and back since mornin. Presently BP is 60/105. Is this symptom of heart attack? What should I do to get relief?

Chest pain: For chest pain go to er to find out what is going on in 24 year female. Your BP 60/105 is written wrong or printed wrong. Good luck. ...Read more

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I haven't walked in a while but when I walked two miles, I felt very winded. How can I start back walking wthout feeling like im having a heart attack?

I haven't walked in a while but when I walked two miles, I felt very winded. How can I start back walking wthout feeling like im having a heart attack?

Walking: I think your body is just trying to tell you to go a little slower. That is, reduce your initial efforts to just half a mile for several weeks, after a few weeks, increase to a mile, after another month or two try a mile and a half, and so on. Unless your health conditions are not adquately uncontrolled, you should be able to build up this way. Your body likes to have time to adapt. ...Read more

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If i'm having random chest pains that radiate mid chest through to my back, could i be having a heart attack?

Most likely not: But if you start having other symptoms (shortness of breath, pressure, etc) then see a doc. It is more likely that it is something like gerd, pancreas issues, things of that nature. I would recommend making an appointment with your primary doc to do a thorough history and physical to get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more