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Can heart attack symptoms last for few days before it is known?

Can heart attack symptoms last for few days before it is known?

How it is: Please stop pre-judging the symptoms and diagnosing them and tell us specifically what you are feeling and experiencing. Let the medical experts give valid answers about your specific experience. Do not pre-diagnose yourself. ...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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For what length of time can heart attack symptoms last?

For what length of time can heart attack symptoms last?

Seconds to hours: Usually pretty quick to declare although some are staggering, stuttering in occurrence. ...Read more

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For what length of time do heart attack symptoms last before the actual heart attack?

For what length of time do heart attack symptoms last before the actual heart attack?

Simultaneous: Angina is reversible, heart attack has damage that is happening with the pain. ...Read more

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How long can symptoms of a heart attack last?

How long can symptoms of a heart attack last?

Until cured: Chest pain more than 20 minutes can represent a heart attack. As long as the pain continues, ongoing or worsening heart damage occurs. With treatment it should be possible to eliminate the pain within less than an hour, and prevent damage or stop any further damage. ...Read more

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How long could impending doom symptom last before heart attack?

How long could impending doom symptom last before heart attack?

Briefly: It is in evolution when that symptom comes along.
Pallor, pain, diaphoresis, feel really bad! ...Read more

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What are the sure symptoms of heart attack? How long does it last for??????

What are the sure symptoms of heart attack? How long does it last for??????

Heart attack: Typically some form of chest discomfort often accompanied by breathlessness, sweat, nausea, palpitations, a sense of impending doom, anxiety, with radiation of discomfort to various areas in the SVC distribution;BUT some or all of these may or may not be present in the majority of presentations. A large minority up to 20=40% present with very atypical symptoms inc. Painless ...Read more

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Last night I had the obvious classic symptoms of heart attack I slept t off but when I wake up I was weak and n sleepy is it gone?

Last night I had the obvious classic symptoms of heart attack I slept t off but when I wake up I was weak and n sleepy is it gone?

Heart Attack: If indeed you had had a "heart attack" you would be strongly advised to go to the ER immediately. ...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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Can gradual and mild pain in left shoulder, arm, forearm and between shoulder blades that lasts for 2 months be a symptoms of heart attack in 22yrs?

Can gradual and mild pain in left shoulder, arm, forearm and between shoulder blades that lasts for 2 months be a symptoms of heart attack in 22yrs?

No: Heart attacks are more sudden and acute. It is unlikely to survive a heart attack that would last 2 months. Usually, heart attacks are in older people and present with sudden symptoms that become severe and without urgent treatment leads to further deterioration. Please, discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I was having pressure in my chest to the upper left of my heart near my armpit last year and its back I went to the ER last year around this time because I was having heart attack like symptoms but they couldn't find anything. Its back now but not as sever

I was having pressure in my chest to the upper left of my heart near my armpit last year and its back I went to the ER last year around this time because I was having heart attack like symptoms but they couldn't find anything. Its back now but not as sever

It varies: There are many causes of chest pain, of which heart attack is just one. Serious causes of chest pain include heart attack, torn aorta, torn esophagus, collapsed lung, blood clot in the lung and pericarditis. If you still have chest pain, further testing may help to find the cause. ...Read more

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Husband had stent last year. Now has same symptoms, radiating chest pain, dizziness. Had a clear angiogram and EKG 1 week ago. Danger of heart attack?

Husband had stent last year. Now has same symptoms, radiating chest pain, dizziness. Had a clear angiogram and EKG 1 week ago. Danger of heart attack?

With known coronary: Disease (previous stent) there is always the possibility for heart attack but it should be considerably lower with a normal recent angiogram and EKG. Contact your husband's health care provider and discuss your concerns. He/she will have a better idea of what to advise for management since he/she has the whole picture. ...Read more

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Would a heart attack last 7 days without killing u?

Would a heart attack last 7 days without killing u?

Heart attack: "heart attack " symptoms can indeed persist or be recurrent for 7 days, go to the Dr or A&E immediately. ...Read more

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My boyfriend gets pain on his right side when he lifts his arm. It has been going on for a few days. Would there be other symptoms iif heart attack?

My boyfriend gets pain on his right side when he lifts his arm. It has been going on for a few days. Would there be other symptoms iif heart attack?

I doubt his heart: Is connected to his arm. ANd it is on the left. Muscle, tendons, nerves are on that side and can be irritated by exercise or most anything. Rest, aspirin like drugs, and physical therapy might be useful. ...Read more

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Heart palps getting worse. Wore monitor for 2 days last wk. Heard nothing. Palps lead to heart attack?

Heart palps getting worse. Wore monitor for 2 days last wk. Heard nothing. Palps lead to heart attack?

Palpitations: Benign palpitations usually don't lead to a heart attack. There are monitors that can be worn for upto a month or a week if needed to capture the extra beats. Again, most of these are not life threatening and can be controlled, but first the monitor needs to identify and capture the arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Chest discomfort for 7 days, everywhere. All tests say no heart issues. Can it be a heart attack if the symptoms are all day eveyday?

Chest discomfort for 7 days, everywhere. All tests say no heart issues. Can it be a heart attack if the symptoms are all day eveyday?

No: Angina is usually associated with exercise. When you rest it goes away. Heart attack chest pain does not goawaybwith rest and is very serious. Constant chest pain could be pericarditis, costochindriis, rib fracture, etc. ...Read more

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I stopped smoking cigarettes for 6 days now and I have heart attack like symptoms the pains to my neck. ....Whats going on?

I stopped smoking cigarettes for 6 days now and I have heart attack like symptoms the pains to my neck. ....Whats going on?

Musculoskeletal: Unless you have a terrible family history, you are a little too young for a heart attack. Stopping smoking can cause anxiety and tension, which can lead to your symptoms. Obviously, if they persist or you are really concerned, consult your physician. ...Read more

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Can chest pain from a heart attack last for 5 days, or is it just muscular pain?

Can chest pain from a heart attack last for 5 days, or is it just muscular pain?

Heart attack: Angina is the mild discomfort when the heart suffers before the final attack which is usually extremely painful. Angina can last on-off for days, even at rest, and can linger on for weeks even. Symptoms can frequently be so atypical, not like a real one at all, that people may not recognize the deadly warning. Even er docs can miss an angina. Law suits from unrecognized heart problem at er +++. ...Read more

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Can a heart attack last for days. Is it possible a 22yo female to have a heart attack or can severe aniexty cause chest ache and back ache?

Can a heart attack last for days. Is it possible a 22yo female to have a heart attack or can severe aniexty cause chest ache and back ache?

Would be rare: Common things are common and rare things are rare. It would be extremely uncommon for you to have a heart attack at 22 that has lasted for "days" and still be alive. It is VERY common to have anxiety that leads you to believe this and have the symptoms you describe. You do need to see your doctor to make sure no medical conditions causing your anxiety and for referral to a psychologist who can help ...Read more

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I have pain in my left & right hand from shoulder to wrist for 2 days can that be heart related or early symptom of heart attack? Iam just 22 yrs old

Less likely: It could be secondary to cervical radiculopathy, in other words nerves getting pinched in the neck. You need full evaluation see a doctor. ...Read more

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Awful heartburn. Left arm pain with whole arm tingling. Arm prob lasted about 5 minutes. Was 3 days ago. Could this have been a heart attack?

L arm pain: Given the background, history, age/gender likely the isolated event was GI etiology though I'd suggest an ECG and cardiovascular risk assessment driven further evaluation ...Read more

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My cousin had a heart attack, diabetic, non alcoholic and non smoker, in ccu for the last 8 days, creatinine and blood gas level not coming down, on vent?

My cousin had a heart attack, diabetic, non alcoholic and non smoker, in ccu for the last 8 days, creatinine and blood gas level not coming down, on vent?

Very sick: Sounds like he has what we call multi system organ failure where his whole body is struggling so hard each organ is not working right. It is very grave. His doctors are working together to to the best they can as he tries to heal. Pray for him. ...Read more

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Hi, last week I was treated for alcohol detox and heart attack w/ valium. I was allergic to the dye and was flushed w/ IV urine results: creatine-20 benzos-60pass; creatine-65 benzos-1333fail; creatine-260 benzos-1999fail each 2 days apart. Why

Hi, last week I was treated for alcohol detox and heart attack w/ valium. I was allergic to the dye and was flushed w/ IV urine results: creatine-20 benzos-60pass; creatine-65 benzos-1333fail; creatine-260 benzos-1999fail each 2 days apart. Why

Don't understand?: Why you would be tested for drugs after a heart attack, I don't know. However, if you were treated with valium by doctors, this is not "failing" a drug test. When you first get a drug, it has not been metabolized yet, and drug tests measure the metabolites usually, not the parent drug. So a test becomes more positive as you metabolize more of the drug, which takes time. Initial urine was dilute. ...Read more

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Can it be a heart attack if I have symptoms of cheat pain back pain arm tingling etc. Enzymes and EKG were normal 2 days ago?

Can it be a heart attack if I have symptoms of cheat pain back pain arm tingling etc. Enzymes and EKG were normal 2 days ago?

Not likely: Myocardial infarction from blockage of a coronary artery is very rare in 27 yr old women. Other heart conditions or other medical causes are possible, but a detailed evaluation is needed to identify if any might be present. Though rare, one serious and sometimes overlooked cause of chest pain/arm tingling is pulmonary embolism - blood clot in the lung. See your doctor if symptoms recur. ...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