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Is it possible for a person having a heart attack and not know it?

Is it possible for a person having a heart attack and not know it?

Absolutely: One of the best known research studies to examine this issue was the framingham heart study. In the study, several thousand people were followed for 50 years. One quarter of all patients with heart attacks did not have symptoms that were recognized by the patient and were not admitted to the hospital. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart attack is 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


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How to know if I have a heart attack or not?

How to know if I have a heart attack or not?

Heart attack?: You could go to the emergency room and be evaluated. There is lab work now that checks for breakdown or damage of heart muscle. That and/ or an EKG could help you know if you are having a heart attack. ...Read more

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What to do or how to handle if I have a heart attack alone? And also what time do I have to get some help (minutes or seconds) ?

What to do or how to handle if I have a heart attack alone? And also what time do I have to get some help (minutes or seconds) ?

Depends: Call 911 yell for help take an aspirin many persons have an attack but do not die! the ems will pick you up and take you to a cardiac capable facility. Medical rx or cath or surgery are all possibilities. ...Read more

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Can I have a heart attack from too much exercise?

Yes: The heart is a muscular organ and like any muscle can be overworked to the point of failure. Studies have shown that even well trained marathon runners show signs of heart failure during marathons. To avoid overexerting your heart, train in a graduated fashion in moderation. Work with your physician and a trainer to establish a good cardio training regimen. ...Read more

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Im 21 years old 5'9 and 260lbs can I have a heart attack ?

Im 21 years old 5'9 and 260lbs can I have a heart attack ?

Overweight: Is a risk. It just means there are more fat and they can deposit in the arteries. That is genetic and environmental and modifiable with diet and exercise. There are other risks to look at, your cholesterol level, yes or no on diabetes, no smoking for you (good), family history of cardiovascular event, hypertension, of course you are a male. Eat healthy, exercise, enjoy life and you will be fine. ...Read more

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Why am i so scared incase i have a heart attack or get heart problems?

Why am i so scared incase i have a heart attack or get heart problems?

Worried at 30: You have few more decades to worry , about getting an heart attack , very rare in a healthy person at your age.You have other real issues your job , family etc , but you can postpone or even prevent for few more decades , by your good life style , by balanced healthy diet , weight reduction if over weight , regular exercises , avoiding smoking drinking and drugs , sometimes may need prof. help ...Read more

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I ate 300g of cheese today, a whole block ! what will happen to me ? Will I have a heart attack ?

I ate 300g of cheese today, a whole block ! what will happen to me ? Will I have a heart attack ?

Not likely: It would take more than one episode of excess cheese ingestion to cause enough blockage in a coronary artery to bring on a heart attack. At your age, i'm sure that your coronary arteries are not clogged with plaque, but it's a good idea to follow a healthy diet from now on. ...Read more

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My chest tightened up real bad and stayed that way for a few minutes. Did I have a heart attack ? P.S. I was doing drugs:p

My chest tightened up real bad and stayed that way for a few minutes. Did I have a heart attack ? P.S. I was doing drugs:p

Possibly.: Drugs have definitely been known to cause heart attacks. My advice: get your heart checked and get help in a serious attempt to stop using drugs. ...Read more

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I am 21 years old and a male. If i eat jack in the box everyday, can I have a heart attack and die? Like from hamburgers and frys?

Jack in the box: If you eat a fast food diet, you are likely to become obese, diabetic and hypertensive. This will take a few years but the calories , salt and fats add up. Heart attack risk will go up with the changes. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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