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Can You Have A Heart Attack And Not Know
How can you avoid having a heart attack? I know it's not likely for someone my age to have one, but how do I prevent it for the future?
Can't always avoid: Hi. Your genes play a huge role in your risk of an MI, and you're stuck with your genes. However, healthy living can really help lower risk: healthy diet, regular exercise, don't ever smoke, treat obvious modifiable risk factors (cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure), and see a doctor for health issues. Do your mom, dad, and/or any grandparents have a history of MI? Most of all, live healthy ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's it called when you have a heart attack in your brain? I think my gramps had a brief one. He didn't know my name.
My sympathy: I'm awfully sorry to hear about your gramps. When a blockage in the heart clogs an artery supplying blood to the heart muscle, it is called "a heart attack". When that happens in the brain, it's called a "stroke." i hope your gramps is getting good medical care and gets better quickly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If chest pain is ruled non-cardiac can you have a heart attack if you ignore the pains or what complications can happen. I never know when to go to er?
Yes. No symptoms: Yes, it's possible to have a heart attack or myocardial infarction w/o having any pain (unlike classic redd foxx in sanford & son). More often, rather than chest pain radiating up jaw and down arm, patient might complain of bad heartburn that won't go away, difficulty breathing or catching breath as if elephant sitting on chest, nausea etc. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-attack/ds00094. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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