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Doctor insights on: Chest Pain Shortness Of Breath Dizzy Spells Racing Heart Pregnant Scared Of Heart Attack

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I have chest pain that comes and goes, headaches upper back pain dizziness. Shortness of breath nausea. Have been to ER was told not heart attack.

I have chest pain that comes and goes, headaches upper back pain dizziness. Shortness of breath nausea. Have been to ER was told not heart attack.

See your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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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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Dizzy spells and racing heart 36 wks preg with chest pains. Had a echo it was normal. Wore a monitor only showed SVT. Scared of heart attack?

Dizzy spells and racing heart 36 wks preg with chest pains. Had a echo it was normal. Wore a monitor only showed SVT. Scared of heart attack?

Heart attack is: Caused by blockage of a coronary artery. Usually this occurs from cholesterol buildup and plaque formation in the artery. It is HIGHLY unlikely that a 28 year old woman would have significant atherosclerosis. You do not need to be scared. ...Read more

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Dizzy spells shortness of breath and rapid heart beat seeing stars and like tingling racing though my head and neck its really wierd I have to rest?

Dizzy spells shortness of breath and rapid heart beat seeing stars and like tingling racing though my head and neck its really wierd I have to rest?

Need work up: Probably related to a drop in blood pressure that's sudden. Postural hypotension, vasodepressor syndrome etc. A work up with an echo, cardiac event monitor, some labs and a Tilt table test will be required to determine further. ...Read more

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I'm 17 & have chest pains, shortness of breath, rapid heart beat from simple tasks, extreme dizziness and fatigue. EKG was normal. Is this normal?

I'm 17 & have chest pains, shortness of breath, rapid heart beat from simple tasks, extreme dizziness and fatigue. EKG was normal. Is this normal?

Multiple symptoms: Of course not. How could all these symptoms in a 17 year old be "normal"? You need a complete physical exam including serology and hormone levels as well as pregnancy test and mental health eval for anxiety and depression. If you take drugs (MJ) or smoke, drink alcohol or are obese or inactive, you will be negatively effected and may develop symptoms as you've described. ...Read more

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Chest pains heavy breathing shortness of breath heart attack 3 years ago can you advise?

Chest pains heavy breathing shortness of breath heart attack 3 years ago can you advise?

Yes a doctor ASAP: The symptoms very well could be hard disease and potentially a pending heart attack. Given your cardiac history, you should get evaluated immediately if it's severe, otherwise schedule appointment with your primary care doctor or cardiologist very soon to get evaluated to ensure this is not cardiac in origin ...Read more

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Is an EKG and Doppler ultrasound enogh to exclude a heart attack when having all classical symptoms (short of breath, tightness in chest, dizziness)?

Is an EKG and Doppler ultrasound enogh to exclude a heart attack when having all classical symptoms (short of breath, tightness in chest, dizziness)?

Symptoms: Normal ecg and echo are good evidence that an MI is not in progress but the diagnosis is made with a spectrum of symptoms and data and in some phases of an event can still be 'normal' before the eventual changes evolve ...Read more

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Very bad chest pain on my left side. Shortness of breath dizzy family history of heart disease and cancer?

Very bad chest pain on my left side. Shortness of breath dizzy family history of heart disease and cancer?

Call 911: This may be serious. Don't delay getting emergency help. If it not cardiac - that is great. But don't take the risk. Get seen. ...Read more

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What is diabetic heart disease? Are dizziness, shortness of breath, cold tips of finders and chest pain strong indicatros of diabetic heart disease?

All: All of these can be symptoms of cardiology, and diabetes dramatically increases the risk of cardiology. Chest pain, shortness of breath, and associated dizziness can all be symptoms of angina, which is caused by narrowing or blockages in the coronary arteries. Angina might also be accompanied by excessive sweating, nausea, or fatigue. Cold finger tips may be a symptom of poor circulation to the hands, which can be caused by atherosclerosis in the peripheral arties or also by diabetic nerve disease. If you have these symptoms, whether or not you have diabetes, you should definitely see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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22 year old, chest pain, shortness of breathe and dizziness. I do have a history of severe anxiety and asthma. Could it be a heart attack?

22 year old, chest pain, shortness of breathe and dizziness. I do have a history of severe anxiety and asthma. Could it be a heart attack?

Would doubt it is: Heart attack however, anxiety is a diagnosis of exclusion and even if you do have anxiety you can still have other medical problems causing these symptoms. If persistent, or out of the ordinary for you see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Husband had stent last year. Now has same symptoms, radiating chest pain, dizziness. Had a clear angiogram and EKG 1 week ago. Danger of heart attack?

Husband had stent last year. Now has same symptoms, radiating chest pain, dizziness. Had a clear angiogram and EKG 1 week ago. Danger of heart attack?

With known coronary: Disease (previous stent) there is always the possibility for heart attack but it should be considerably lower with a normal recent angiogram and EKG. Contact your husband's health care provider and discuss your concerns. He/she will have a better idea of what to advise for management since he/she has the whole picture. ...Read more

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Could chest pain &tightening around chest cage, sweat, & dizziness be a sign of a certain disease other than heart attack. Heart scan is normal. Could be?

Many causes: Tobacco use is a major risk factor and I urge you to stop smoking. If you have undergone a stress test and it's completely normal, your risk for coronary obstruction falls to <10% but it isn't zero. Other causes include bronchitis, pleurisy, acid reflux and muscular chest wall pain to name a few possibilities. Continue to follow up with your doctor - more testing may be needed. ...Read more

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Could I have had a heart attack? A few weeks ago I felt nauseous, dizzy and my heart rate was fast. I had chest pain. Upon standing my legs were weak.

Could I have had a heart attack? A few weeks ago I felt nauseous, dizzy and my heart rate was fast. I had chest pain. Upon standing my legs were weak.

Could be heart: Remember a heart attack is an occlusion of a coronary artery and doesn't mean cardiac arrest. If you develop sudden crushing chest pain not relieved with rest you may be having a heart attack. Seek urgent medical attention.
Chest pain associated with activity could be angina and you should be checked out. ...Read more

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Abdominal pains, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, racing heart beat, chest pain, shortness of breath?

Could be a few thing: You definitely need a thorough exam. Some of what you describe is often seen in Autonomic Dysfunction disorders aka (Dysautonomia). We see this alot as a result of high stress (Physical or emotional).

A condition called POTS disorder is a sub-type disorder of Dysautonomia. A cardiologist can sometimes help, but often an Autonomic Dysfunction Dr. Is needed if this is the cause. ...Read more

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Heart attack vs anxiety. How to tell the difference? When I get chest pains & short of breath how can I reassure myself it's just anxiety?

Heart attack vs anxiety. How to tell the difference? When I get chest pains & short of breath how can I reassure myself it's just anxiety?

Heart attack/Anxiety: Heart attack is preceded by Feeling of impending doom, Shortness of breath, Nausea with profuse sweating, Sudden feeling like an elephant is sitting on your chest, and Pressure/squeezing/fullness/pain in middle of chest & back and jaw & arm. In any case, it is best to exercise caution & get help ASAP. ...Read more

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What is my next move? Shall I take her to a cardiologist for a second opinion? My 14 yr old daughter who has had asthma has been suffering from heart palpitations shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pains and fatigued for weeks. She has been off the as

What is my next move? Shall I take her to a cardiologist for a second opinion? My 14 yr old daughter who has had asthma has been suffering from heart palpitations shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pains and fatigued for weeks. She has been off the as

Yes: Palpitations are often nothing but teen years are when we see a spike in the diagnosis of svt. Her asthma medicines will speed her heart rate anyway which might explain all, but they could help trigger svt. A 24 holter monitor would really help if she is having palpitations on a daily basis. Yes see a pediatric cardiologist. ...Read more

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16 weeks pregnant with shortness of breath and chest pain while resting. I have a heart murmur, can it be serious?

16 weeks pregnant with shortness of breath and chest pain while resting. I have a heart murmur, can it be serious?

Possibly: See your doctor right away. You need to be evaluated for the source of your symptoms and the character of your heart murmur. ...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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Can heart attack symptoms disappear after vomiting? Symptoms were extreme pain in chest all around through back. Shortness of breath. Sweating, vomit.

Can heart attack symptoms disappear after vomiting? Symptoms were extreme pain in chest all around through back. Shortness of breath. Sweating, vomit.

MI SYMPTOMS vomit: 52 F asks if heart attack Sx disappear after vomiting? ANS: usually not, so suggests due to GI problem such as hiatal hernia, reflux, gas (bad gas), Thanksgiving gorge, food poisoning, to mention a few. But recall that women do not have same Sx of heart attack as men. I would call primary care team. Or if u have had heart attack with these symptoms in past go to ER. Now would be good. ...Read more

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Why am I gettin constant heart flutters and dizzy spells and shortness of breath for the last few weeks?

Why am I gettin constant heart flutters and dizzy spells and shortness of breath for the last few weeks?

See doctor ASAP.,: Your symptoms may be due to an abnormal heart rhythm resulting in dizziness and shortness of breath. You ought to be evaluated in the er as this can be life-threatening. If your symptoms are relatively mild, see your doctor asap to have an evaluation. To evaluate this as an outpatient, you will need an outpatient heart monitor. If these symptoms are happening often, however, then get to the er! ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

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