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It is possible to have heart attack without chest pain and getting recovered from it without knowing even that it was heart attack, without medicine?

It is possible to have heart attack without chest pain and getting recovered from it without knowing even that it was heart attack, without medicine?

Variable but YES: Symptoms: chest and neck and left arm pain can all occur elephant sitting on your chest shortness of breath fatigue anxiety fear some are asymptomatic or have minimal pain! may occur during sleep, sedation, anesthesia etc. May e detected later by ekg, echo, or angiogram. ...Read more

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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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To have a heart attack you do not have to have chest pain. can you have a heart attack while just feeling skipped beats as the only symptom?

To have a heart attack you do not have to have chest pain. can you have a heart attack while just feeling skipped beats as the only symptom?

Unlikely: Hi MoeA645, Yes, many people who have heart attacks do not suffer the typical symptoms of chest pain, difficulty breathing, nausea & sweating. Still, it's very unlikely feeling just a few skipped beats means you are having a heart attack. You may have something called palpitations, which are often nothing to worry about. If the skipped beats occur often or with other symptoms, I'd see a doctor. ...Read more

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I've been having chest pains for 3 days. Is it likely to have a heart attack? Or is that more sudden than 3 days of chest pain?

Don't know: Although chest pain is a symptom of a heart attack it is impossible to know what is going on without doing testing such as an ECG and blood work. ...Read more

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Help! newly diagnosed high cholesterol. Have had chest pain , tachycardia, short of breath and heart skips. But low bp. Could I have a heart attack ?

Help! newly diagnosed high cholesterol. Have had chest pain , tachycardia, short of breath and heart skips. But low bp. Could I have a heart attack ?

Or acute ischemia: You need to see a cardiologist to sort this out assp. A session of multifunction cardiogram may help! it is the most accurate diagnostic tool to detect ischemia in women. (please see the link) http://en.M.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/multifunction_cardiogram. Best luck! ...Read more

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Are all types of chest pain a heart attack?

No: There are many organs and structures that live in the heart's neighborhood! any of these can cause chest pain. These include esophageal and stomach problems (like reflux) and lung problems. Any problems of the chest wall muscles or nerves (like a case of shingles) can cause chest pain. Even the joints along the sternum can become inflamed and cause chest pain, a problem known as costrochondritis. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

Many people with chest pain fear a heart attack. However, there are many possible causes of chest pain. Some causes are not dangerous to your health, while other causes are ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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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