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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?

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

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

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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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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Could you have a heart attack because of a heart attack?

Could you have a heart attack because of a heart attack?

Question: It is a confusing question it is possible to have more heart attacks if you have had one. It is possible to have cardiac arrest if you have had a heart attack if that is your question. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when you have a heart attack?

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

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Could you have a heart attack without feeling pain in your heart?

Yes: May only show up on later ekgs, echoes, or other testing. Person had no symptoms, or had symptoms that were ignored, or thought they were indigestion etc. ...Read more

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How could you have a heart attack but still have a healthy and strong heart?

Small area: There are multiple small branches of the coronaries and if one goes down and a small amount of muscle is damaged, that is still a heart attack. The remainder may be quite adequate particularly if subsequent behavior is improved! ...Read more

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Can you have a heart attack without pain. Wat would i heart attack feel like?

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 more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more