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What does a heart attack look like?

What does a heart attack look like?

Chest Pain: Typically, patients with a heart attack have chest pain, difficulty breathing. The pain can sometimes move to the arm or the jaw. But, it greatly depends on the individual patient and the other medical conditions he or she has. For instance, paients with diabetes can sometimes get a heart attack without any chest pain at all, because the diabetes damages the nerves around the heart. ...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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What does a heart attack look like? As in, what does the heart actually look like during the attack?

What does a heart attack look like? As in, what does the heart actually look like during the attack?

It depends: On where and how big and for how long. The part that is not getting enough blood (that's why you get a heart attack) will not be moving as much, and because of inflammation and not getting blood, that part can look anywhere from pale to kind of purple and angry looking. If you are having emergency surgery because you are having a heart attack, that's what happens, and that's why you can see it. ...Read more

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What does a normal EKG look like versus an abnormal one from an undetected heart attack ?

What does a normal EKG look like versus an abnormal one from an undetected heart attack ?

A normal EKG: Because some areas of the heart are electrically silent, one can have a full blown heart attack with an entirely normal ekg. When the ekg is destined to become abnormal, it often lags, not showing changes early on: hence the need for "serial ekgs" (done daily). The adage "treat the patient, not the ekg" hasn't changed over the years. ...Read more

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Whst does a massive stroke or massive heart attack look like and would cpr have saved him if he was unconscious and exhaling only? Was he already gone

Whst does a massive stroke or massive heart attack look like and would cpr have saved him if he was unconscious and exhaling only? Was he already gone

See below: "unconscious and exhaling only" sounds like agonal breathing so he was not dead yet but very close to it. Both massive stroke and massive heart attack may result in severe damage to the brain because of lack of oxygen. Even if resuscitated, these patients usually don't wake up and die eventually of multiple complications. Sorry! ...Read more

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Does a hiatel hernia feel like a heart attack sometimes?

Does a hiatel hernia feel like a heart attack sometimes?

It might: It may give you acid/indigestion that may feel exactly like a heart attack. But if you are at risk otherwise, better safe than sorry and get yourself checked. ...Read more

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Chest pain for the past 3 days and a low fever. Not feeling well. Only in my early 20s but worried if it could be heart related like a heart attack?

Chest pain for the past 3 days and a low fever. Not feeling well. Only in my early 20s but worried if it could be heart related like a heart attack?

Get eval: Doubtful it is heart at your age, but you need to get checked to be safe, as you should not have to deal with your pain for 3 days now. Get an exam and you will be helped. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is a stroke like a heart attack?So strokes have fast heart beats or does your heart rate stay the same?

Is a stroke like a heart attack?So strokes have fast heart beats or does your heart rate stay the same?

Similar yet differen: Both result in injury due to decreased oxygen &/or blood supply to tissues. Stroke can b due 2 blood clot or bleeding; mi from blood clot or spasm of arteries to heart. Area of brain or heart affected will determine if heart increases or decreases. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has here experienced a truamatic event like a heart attack or cardiac arrest?

Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has here experienced a truamatic event like a heart attack or cardiac arrest?

Traumatic event: I can't tell if you are wondering about physical symptoms or psychological and emotional symptoms. Certainly it is common to experience fear and depression or anxiety after a heart attack. That can affect the risk for another heart attack. ...Read more

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Is serotonin syndrome temporary like a heart attack or permanent like a disorder or is it like seizure? With do u need emergency ?

Is serotonin syndrome temporary like a heart attack or permanent like a disorder or is it like seizure? With do u need emergency ?

Serotonin syndrome: It is a medical emergency requiring a trip to the er and possibly to intensive care. Most people recover. Some die from it if they are not treated soon enough.It is not like a seizure disorder. It is only a recurrent condition if you expose yourself a second time to the drug or drugs that caused it, and I do not know why you would do that. ...Read more

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How come GERD and gas feels like a heart attack sometimes? I know it's most likely not one since I'm 22, But it's SO scary. Hard to distinguish..

How come GERD and gas feels like a heart attack sometimes? I know it's most likely not one since I'm 22, But it's SO scary. Hard to distinguish..

Way the body works.: It's related to the location of the pains, in the chest, and how your brain interprets the sensation sent to it by the esophagus. But you're right - reflux and esophageal spasm can easily feel like a heart attack. ...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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For what reasons when i smoke weed i feel like im having a heart attack?

For what reasons when i smoke weed i feel like im having a heart attack?

Maybe: To quote another smart person, "only a twit would continue to use cannabis...". I don't like to be judgmental, but i treat smokers of all sorts everyday. Numerous cancers and diseases are the result of lifestyle choices. Often choices to use so called "natural" substance. Remember, like marijuana, tobacco is also a "natural herb". Smoking marijuana and tobacco are both unhealthy. ...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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Feels like i've been having a heart attack everyday is this possible ? Or anxiety ?

Feels like i've been having a heart attack everyday is this possible ? Or anxiety ?

Age is golden: Despite all the risks, even being male is a risk, being young is an advantage. It means you have less chance of having deposited enough cholesterol yet, and you can decrease the risks as you wish. If you don't have all the risk of dm, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, family history of heart attack at young age, or other diseases, your feeling are most likely concern continue living healthy. ...Read more

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What does it feel like when you have a heart attack? Do you feel pain or just numbness?

Symptoms....: typical symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain in the center of the chest that can radiate to the jaw or down the left arm. This can be accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, sweating and/or lightheaded ness. But, there can also be atypical symptoms like fatigue, numbness, etc. If there is any possibility of a heart attack, call 911 and get to the ER. Do not wait! ...Read more

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What to do if I'm feeling like I may be close to a stress induced heart attack. am I going to have one?

What to do if I'm feeling like I may be close to a stress induced heart attack. am I going to have one?

What's the symptoms?: Depends on what your symptoms are. If you have chest pain radiating to your jaw or left arm or if you have acute shortness of breath, this is concerning for an impending heart attack. Stress can increase Adrenalin which can reveal limitations in your heart's capacity - which is what a heart attack basically is, when demand from a heart outstrips supply. If you feel this way a lot, see an MD. ...Read more

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I had a pain in the center of my chest for like 5mins then it went away. Could I have had a heart attack? It isn't there anymore.

Nope: Even under the best (worst) of circumstances, 5 minutes is an inadequate time for irreversible damage to the heart to have set in. I would say that it's remotely possible that you had a transient event called unstable angina, but at 18yrs old, that's absurdly unlikely. It's very likely not your heart, but if it is, it's more likely related to something called vasospasm than coronary issues. ...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?

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?

Diet: Unlikely at 21 that you are going to have a heart attack from eating poorly but you are cheating yourself of having higher energy and a better sense of self by eating poorly. Also your poor habits will accumulate over time and eventually as you age you can suffer significant consequences. Best. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a heart attack but I no I'm not but it feels like my whole chest is being squeezed! help please what do I need to do?

What to do if I have a heart attack but I no I'm not but it feels like my whole chest is being squeezed! help please what do I need to do?

Emergency.: I think your symptoms warrant emergent evaluation. I suggest you call 911 and get care at the nearest emergency room. The chest squeezing does not have to be due to a heart attack, but there is no way to tell whether this is something serious or not without getting evaluated by a doctor. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Every time i cough it feels like a mini heart attack, small pain in the heart, less than a second, than goes away. 2 days now. Pretty healthy 35yro.

Every time i cough it feels like a mini heart attack, small pain in the heart, less than a second, than goes away. 2 days now. Pretty healthy 35yro.

Pleuritic chest pain: Pain from cough can be sharp. If persists see a doctor to order x-ray and get work up. Meanwhile take some Motrin and robatussin. ...Read more

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I am curious what the definite symptoms of a heart attack are. I have done heart tests before and my heart is in great shape. Would just like to know.

I am curious what the definite symptoms of a heart attack are. I have done heart tests before and my heart is in great shape. Would just like to know.

Symptoms of a: heart attack mainly consist of chest pain, substernally or left side of the chest. The pain may radiate to the neck and left upper arm. Typically, the pressure in the chest is described like some one were sitting on your chest. One can have sweating, nausea or shortness of breath. The EKG and blood tests called troponin are the best laboratory tests to confirm it. ...Read more

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What does atherosclerosis feel like before it leads to a heart attack?

What does atherosclerosis feel like before it leads to a heart attack?

No symptoms...: Usually there are no symptoms of atherosclerosis until it is severe enough to block an artery thereby blocking blood flow to a key organ like the heart or brain. Once this happens, a heart attack or stroke can result. So, prevention is the key! Keep your cholesterol level under control with diet, exercise and medication if needed. See your doctor to get your lipid levels checked! ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is pain in having the stroke, like there is with a heart attack?

Usually none: Most strokes are pain free, except if it involves a pain center or it causes high pressure in the brain due to swelling or bleeding. It usually causes nonfunctioning of involved areas such as vision, hearing, speech, sensation or movement, but can involve areas that control vital organs such as breathing. ...Read more

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What does heart attack arm pain feel like?

What does heart attack arm pain feel like?

Varied: The arm symptom of heart attack could be described as heaviness, soreness or pain or even numbness. It is usually correlated with the chest symptoms and other symptoms such as sob, diaphoresis, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and has to be correlated with risk factors. If in doubt, at least an ekg can help with suspicion and for the doctor to make a decision on treatment. ...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


Dr. Byron Law-Yone
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