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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Prinzmetal angina: Prinzmetal, variant, or vasospastic angina are all the same. The coronary arteries go into spasm and reduce blood flow, just like a migraine headache. It is treated with vaso-dilating drugs, like calcium channel blockers (norvasc, procardia, (nifedipine) diltiazem, verapamil). It can cause heart attacks, but only in rare instances. The cause is endothelial dysfunction, get tested for Insulin resistance.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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


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