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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
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
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
Symptoms: Chest pain severe substernal radiates to left or right arm and neck feeling of anxiety, fear, doom, death. Anatomically, heart muscle oxygen is diminished by coronary obstruction and flow is reduced or absent and heart muscle dues- heart attack. Physically, pallor, shock, arrythmia, death if not identified and treated. ...Read more
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