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Are All Types Of Chest Pain A Heart Attack
No: There are many organs and structures that live in the heart's neighborhood! any of these can cause chest pain. These include esophageal and stomach problems (like reflux) and lung problems. Any problems of the chest wall muscles or nerves (like a case of shingles) can cause chest pain. Even the joints along the sternum can become inflamed and cause chest pain, a problem known as costrochondritis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do I know when someone is truly having a heart attack? Does it go on for days? Is chest pain always present?
Need real eval: Determining if a patient is having a heart attack requires looking at a compilation of the patient's history (circumstances of pain), ekg and lab analysis. Chest pain is not always present (there is less chance of typical chest pain in women and diabetics) and even without a heart attack (myocardial infarction) a patient may be having angina (chest pain from heart strain) that also needs care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually deep: But there is not an answer that fits every occurrence. Cardiac chest pain is usually dull ache or squeezing sensation beneath the breastbone, sometimes with radiation to the jaw, shoulder or arm, usually the left--most often with exercise or stress. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: Most importantly, call 911 to make sure that you will be treated properly in a hospital setting. While you are waiting, two things may help - a sublingual nitroglycerin, or taking a deep breath and holding it, that redistributes blood flow to the coronaries. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Number of reasons: Mortality from heart attacks is related to age. Women develop heart disease, on average, 10 years later than men. Women are more likely to present with atypical symptoms that are not recognized either by the patient or the physician. This can result in a delayed diagnosis or missed diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Variable: You can't be sure. If you are someone who is unhealthy, overweight and smokes. You have a good chance. In general the pain comes on exertion and goes away after rest. It can radiate in any direction in upper part of the body. It can associated with profuse sweating due to sympathetic hyperactivity. If you are healthy and have no family history you don't have to worry about all aches and pains. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have chest pain for years, but its started to get stronger by the day. Its like someone holding me downhow would I know if i'm having a heart attack?
See someone today: If you have suffered from chest pain for years an it is now worsening, you have unstable angina. This could be a sign of an impending myocardial infarction (heart attack), get seen today by a physician. Now. Don't keep reading, get up, get on the phone, get in to your emergency room. Really. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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