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Doctor insights on: Chest Pain Indigestion Vs Heart Attack

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Heart attack vs. Indigestion?

Heart attack vs. Indigestion?

Sometimes: Difficult to tell. In olden days, people frequently died of indigestion that was really a heart attack. See ur md to begin ur evakuation. www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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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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Can gallbladder attack replicate heart symptoms? Chest pain, shortness of breath etc?

Can gallbladder attack replicate heart symptoms? Chest pain, shortness of breath etc?

Yes: Yes. It is not unusual for a patient presenting with heart attack like symptoms, to ultimately be found to have gallstones or other gastrointestinal disorder after cardiac is ruled out. ...Read more

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What is angina, chest wall pain and a mild heart attack?

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What is angina, chest wall pain and a mild heart attack?

Angina: Angina is chest pain that occurs when there is a partial blockage of one of the coronary arteries. This is as opposed to heart attack when there is a near total occlusion. ...Read more

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Esophageal. Spasm, heart attack or angina?

Esophageal. Spasm, heart attack or angina?

May be hard to tell: If the chest pain is caused by swallowing, especially something very hot or very cold, then most likely esophageal spasm. If the chest pain is caused by exertion, then most likely angina or heart attack. ...Read more

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Is chest pain alone symptom of heart attack?

Is chest pain alone symptom of heart attack?

Not always: Chest pain is a classic symptom of a heart attack, particularly mid-sternal, crushing or pressure-type pain radiating to the neck, jaw or arm. But other symptoms are common, including: nausea, diaphoresis (heavy, cold sweats), shortness of breath, dizziness, even abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Tiny vsd.Cardiac workup shows possible past heart attack.Having heart cath 4 constant chest pressure/shortness of breath.Possible discomfort causes?

Tiny vsd.Cardiac workup shows possible past heart attack.Having heart cath 4 constant chest pressure/shortness of breath.Possible discomfort causes?

Chest pain not from : Chest pain possibly from ASHD or blocked coronary arteries. What showed possible old heart attack if this was an ekg this is not that accurate. If it was and echocardiogram or cardiac sonogram that showed prior heart muscle damage that is probable accurate. Cardiac cath should tell you if you have blocked arteries and how significant they are. If borderline blockages are found a wire can be passed. ...Read more

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Does burping with chest pain signify a heart attack?

Hard to tell: Some patients with real heart attacks have associated sweating, nausea, burping, difficulty breathing. Not having these symptoms does not mean your not having a heart attack. Classic sudden onset of chest pain or pressure radiating to the jaw or down an arm is classic. ...Read more

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Chest pain from anxiety, aching muscles, heart failure or what?

Chest pain from anxiety, aching muscles, heart failure or what?

Quality of pain: The answer is the type or quality of pain being felt. The location, severity, onset, precipitating factors etc all can help medical personnel figure out whats going on. Sudden crushing chest pain radiating to the jaw or down an arm is easily distinguishable from a sore rib that hurts when pushed. ...Read more

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What distinguishes chest pains due to indigestion and a heart attack?

Hard to tell: These pains may be very hard to distinguish: indigestion usually occurs after meals, especially if spicy or fatty; heart attack pains usually occur with exertion, may be associated with shortness of breath or radiate down the arm. It is really hard to tell, unless you are in a hospital setting where the necessary tests may be done. Especially in women. ...Read more

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Im having chest pain shortness of breath heart hurting?

Im having chest pain shortness of breath heart hurting?

Go to the ER: These are symptoms that need to be evaluated by a doctor. They are consistent with severe heart or lung conditions. Do yourself a favor and head to your local emergency department. ...Read more

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What causes chest pain and rapid heart rate during a panic attack?

What causes chest pain and rapid heart rate during a panic attack?

Panic: You are flooded with adrenaline, which would normally occur in fight or flight stress responses, when you are faced with life or death emergencies. This activates nerves supplying muscles in heart and elsewhere. If the heart muscles blood supply is compromised, pain or even angina can occur. But initially, the lactate from metabolism of glycogen as an energy supply can cause muscle pain. ...Read more

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Heart or anxiety or hernia six hours ago, racing heart, tightness in chest, sever, back pain, headache, nausea. Chest pain is still presnet.?

Heart or anxiety or hernia six hours ago, racing heart, tightness in chest, sever, back pain, headache, nausea.  Chest pain is  still presnet.?

Or more: With those symptoms, you need to immediately see a dr and not be looking online for help. Your life may be in immediate danger. ...Read more

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Signs of heart attack in womenchest discomfort, irregular heart beat, pain in shoulder, weak, tired?

Signs of heart attack in womenchest discomfort, irregular heart beat, pain in shoulder, weak, tired?

Pain/short breating: The most common symptoms of a heart attack in women include pain in the chest, neck or arm and shortness of breath. Many patients do not have such typical presentations. Other common symptoms include sweating and nausea. Irregular heart beat is not a common symptom of a heart attack. Tiredness, weakness or fatigue are common in the general population, but are not usually due to a heart attack. ...Read more

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Stabbing chest pain while exhaling that's not a heart attack. Any ideas?

Stabbing chest pain while exhaling that's not a heart attack. Any ideas?

Maybe pericardial: Pain which is altered by breathing may be due to irritation in the tissue surrounding the heart- the pericardium. Other cause could be the lung tissue itself. ...Read more

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Having inner left arm pain intermittently after exertion. Some heart palpitations and tightness across chest. Is this a heart attack?

Tricky: Bayesian analysis is the likelihood of something is the product of how strong the evidence TIMES how likely the thing is to begin with. Great speech*0% noncorrupt politician is still zero likelihood . In theory, exercise induced pain in chest radiating down the arm is classic for heart. Rare heart attacks in young people without cocaine or meth use, but more than honest pols. Get Checked Out. ...Read more

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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart are blocked so that the heart is no longer ...Read more


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Heartburn (Definition)

Burning pain or irritation in the upper stomach or lower chest. May be worse on lying down, and is ...Read more