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I was on metoprolol for anxiety but stopped because my hr was too low. Am I at risk for a heart attack now that I stopped?

I was on metoprolol for anxiety but stopped because my hr was too low. Am I at risk for a heart attack now that I stopped?

No: The heart rate should be back to its baseline. Being of the metoprolol does not put you at an increased risk of heart issues. Talk to your doctor to help with your anxiety ...Read more

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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My triglycerides test came back high at 3.6 fasting. I'm 34 slightly overweight, drink moderate alcohol no smoking. am I at risk to have heart attack?

My triglycerides test came back high at 3.6 fasting. I'm 34 slightly overweight, drink moderate alcohol no smoking. am I at risk to have heart attack?

You could be.: Triglyceride elevation is often due to excessive calorie/carbohydrate intake, excess alcohol intake. Whether you have significant risk of heart attack will depend on additional risk factors you may have, such as family history, abnormal cholesterol levels, high blood pressure etc. Recommend that you get a full evaluation by your doctor to further assess your risk. ...Read more

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Taking Xanax (alprazolam) 4 emergency panics. B/p & pulse go pretty high, when having worrisome thoughts. Am i at risk for stroke/heart attack? Shud i see dr. 4 blood pressure? Seems when i'm calm it's normal b/p.

Taking Xanax (alprazolam) 4 emergency panics. B/p & pulse go pretty high, when having worrisome thoughts. Am i at risk for stroke/heart attack? Shud i see dr. 4 blood pressure? Seems when i'm calm it's normal b/p.

Yes: Sympathetic nervous system activation and the hpa axis are consistent with panic, as well as elevated blood pressure, reduced digestion, tingling on the skin surface, changes in pupils, etc., which pass after the panic. It still is a good idea to see your doctor about this and consider individual therapy rather than just using xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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Am i at risk of a heart attack or stroke past out rushed to hospital was treated with steroids for asthma but nothing more complained about chest pain but nothing was done about it still having severe chest pain

Am i at risk of a heart attack or stroke past out rushed to hospital was treated with steroids for asthma but nothing more complained about chest pain but nothing was done about it still having severe chest pain

See your provider: If you were discharged, you didn't have a heart attack or stroke, but you need to see your provider to work up the chest pain. You might need a stress test, echocardiogram, or even catheterization; you might not need any more testing, if the pain is really just asthma. But there are many causes of chest pain, and you should see your provider to figure out what is going on. ...Read more

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I have fluid around my heart, and a leaking valve, but my veins are clear, i had a heart cath to prove it. Am i still at risk for a heart attack?

I have fluid around my heart, and a leaking valve, but my veins are clear, i had a heart cath to prove it. Am i still at risk for a heart attack?

Fluid around heart: If the arteries that give blood to the heart are clear, then your risk of heart attack is markedly reduced. However, a leaky valve with fluid around the heart suggests the possiblity of decreased function of the heart and heart failure which can be progressive and even more lethal. ...Read more

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Am i at risk of having a heart attack?

Am i at risk of having a heart attack?

Cardiac risk : that is difficult to answer without more information about your medical and genetic history ...Read more

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As a male, am I more at risk for heart attack when I engage in sex?

As a male, am I more at risk for heart attack when I engage in sex?

Yes: If you already have heart issues, sexual activity will raise your heart rate. It is similar to physical exercise and if your heart cannot tolerate the extra work, might cause you to have a heart attack. ...Read more

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I have high bad cholesterol and low good cholesterol. Am i at risk for widow maker heart attack daily ? Could it happen at anytime due to this risk. ?

I have high bad cholesterol and low good cholesterol. Am i at risk for widow maker heart attack daily ? Could it happen at anytime due to this risk. ?

Yes, but.....: It sounds like you have a family history of heart disease and are genetically programmed to make a unhealthy balance of cholesterols in your blood. This puts you at higher risk of a heart attack. If you google framingham.Org, you can enter your cholesterol and other simple information and get your 3-5 year heart attack risk. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My lp(a) level is 91.83, rest all lipids are in normal range.Am i at risk of stroke or heart attack.

My lp(a) level is 91.83, rest all lipids are in normal range.Am i at risk of stroke or heart attack.

Yes,but can lower it: Yes, lp(a) is an independent risk factor for heart attack ; stroke, so even if you have no other risk factors it increases risk. You can lower it some but even more importantly you can neutralize lp(a) with adequate doses of vit c, lysine ; proline. See http://www.Ayurveda-florida.Com/research_non_ayurvedic_topics_health_disease_related/vitamin_c_the_cure_for_heart_disease.Htm for details. ...Read more

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I am 41 smoke on BP med press under control thyroid good on med had chst xray EKG str test blood all good. am i at risk for heart attack at my age.

I am 41 smoke on BP med press under control thyroid good on med had chst xray EKG str test blood all good.  am i at risk for heart attack at my age.

Heart attack. : You are definitely at risk. The risk factors are your smoking, high blood pressure (reguardles of the medication), and age. Also I bet you are on the sedentary side rather than active. And if you add possibly overweight. Then...but I am sure you know all this. The good news is that you can do something about most of these risk factors. You can not change you age. But the rest is in your power!!! ...Read more

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My LDL is 129 and HDL is 36 am i at the risk of heart attack?

My LDL is 129 and HDL is 36 am i at the risk of heart attack?

Depends: Your HDL is low.Increase it by exercise and keep ideal body wt.Ideally your LDL should be below 100, unless you are a diabetic or have strong family history .Watch your diet.Check with your md! ...Read more

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If I have high blood pressure, am I at higher risk of a heart attack when I am pregnant?

If I have high blood pressure, am I at higher risk of a heart attack when I am pregnant?

You might be at risk: High blood pressure during pregnancy can be managed. Before getting pregnant, it is recommended that your doctor obtain baseline evaluation of your kidneys, eyes, and heart. A well-controlled hypertensive patient can have a healthy pregnancy if problems do not arise during the pregnancy. A heart attack can occur if your blood pressure is not well controlled, and your doctor can help you with this. ...Read more

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Cholesterol 133 HDL 67 LDL 51 homocystine 10.9 normal is 10.4 am I at high risk for heart attack or stroke now due to homocystine?

Cholesterol 133 HDL 67 LDL 51 homocystine 10.9 normal is 10.4 am I at high risk for heart attack or stroke now due to homocystine?

Homocysteine high!: Homocysteine is an important metabolic marker, and your levels are a little high. Ways to bring them down are on: http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2013/08/homocysteine.html ...Read more

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42 WfHad a miscarriage and undergoing tests to find out why. My homocysteine level is11.11!! Am I at high risk for strokes or heart attack? Worried:(

42 WfHad a miscarriage and undergoing tests to find out why. My homocysteine level is11.11!! Am I at high risk for strokes or heart attack? Worried:(

See below: First thing to do is determine the reason for your elevated level. If its high due to lack of a vitamin then your risk of stroke or heart attack is probably within the expected range from someone your age. If you have a metabolic anomaly which leads to elevated levels then your risk is increased, but its difficult to say by how much. High levels of homocysteine can increase chance of miscarriage ...Read more

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Will ekgs and blood work tell if im at risk for a heart attack?

Will ekgs and blood work tell if im at risk for a heart attack?

EKG : Ekg and blood work can tell if on is having a heart attack. Chest pain due to coronary artery disease ( angina) may not be detected with either of these tests. Stress test may be indicated. Again stress test may be falsely negative. Coronary angiography is the gold standard to rule out narrowing of coronary arteries. ...Read more

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How severe how of blood pressure puts me at risk for a heart attack?

How severe how of blood pressure puts me at risk for a heart attack?

Any: They are not directly related guidelines for systolic<140 diastolic for less than 80 elevated BP more related to left ventricular hypertrophy, dissection of the aorta , heart failure and renalmfailure. ...Read more

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Will my blood clot put me at risk for a heart attack or a stroke?

It depends: Heart attack develops from heart artery blockage. If blood clot develops in the coronary artery, yes heart attack results. On the other hand, if the blood clot is in the veins, there is no need to worry about "heart attack". Blood clot in the leg veins can travel to the heart and can block pulmonary arteries. This is pulmonary embolism, not "heart attack" as i understood the term. ...Read more

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Who is at risk of a heart attack ?

Risk factors...: Risk factors for heart attack include: smoking, uncontrolled hypertension, uncontrolled cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle. Males and post-menopausal females are at higher risk as well as family history of a heart attack at a younger age. Diabetes was always thought of as a risk factor but new evidence suggests that well-controlled diabetes is probably not a risk factor. ...Read more

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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