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

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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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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Uninsured w/varied chest wall pain. Doc says its muscles/tension, that I have a "1 in a million chance" of heart attack, but im still terrified- help!?

Uninsured w/varied chest wall pain. Doc says its muscles/tension, that I have a "1 in a million chance" of heart attack, but im still terrified- help!?

Chest wall: Pain is common. Being terrified doesn't help. Try swimming or cardio exercise to reduce chest wall pain and stretches on a pull up bar. Statistically chest pain related to the heart is low in your age group but does happen. Look it at your family. If someone died before 50 from a heart attack you should be concerned, if not - don't be. ...Read more

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Went to hospital for chest pains xray was fine and EKG was fine said it was chest wall pain and I've had an eco so I guess my heart is ok?

Chest wall pain: Hi kylem, chest wall pain usually refers to the muscles, bones (ribs and sternum), and other soft tissue that makes up the chest wall. In an emergency room, they will always venture to rule out heart things first. It sounds like they did, very thoroughly. In a young person (like you) chest wall pain is usually from pulling a muscle or trauma. Anti- inflammatory medications can be helpful. ...Read more

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Can chest wall pain refer to the jaw? I often get jaw/chin pain when my chest hurts due (presumably) to overbreathing. Docs have said my heart is okay but all I find for jaw pain is heart stuff.

Can chest wall pain refer to the jaw? I often get jaw/chin pain when my chest hurts due (presumably) to overbreathing. Docs have said my heart is okay but all I find for jaw pain is heart stuff.

Jaw pain can: Result from many factors. Best to be evaluated by a dentist to check TMJ / malocclusion / clenching / grinding /. .. Given that your physician has cleared you from anything cardiac. ...Read more

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I had a pain in the center of my chest for like 5mins then it went away. Could I have had a heart attack? It isn't there anymore.

Nope: Even under the best (worst) of circumstances, 5 minutes is an inadequate time for irreversible damage to the heart to have set in. I would say that it's remotely possible that you had a transient event called unstable angina, but at 18yrs old, that's absurdly unlikely. It's very likely not your heart, but if it is, it's more likely related to something called vasospasm than coronary issues. ...Read more

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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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How can I tell if my chest pain is from a heart attack?

Variable: You can't be sure. If you are someone who is unhealthy, overweight and smokes. You have a good chance. In general the pain comes on exertion and goes away after rest. It can radiate in any direction in upper part of the body. It can associated with profuse sweating due to sympathetic hyperactivity. If you are healthy and have no family history you don't have to worry about all aches and pains. ...Read more

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If your chest hurts how can you tell if its a heart attack?

If your chest hurts how can you tell if its a heart attack?

Cannot be sure: Great question but no conclusive answer. An acute unknown chest pain lasting more than 5 minutes needs emergency medical help. If it is a heart attack it can be treated if you are seen right away. More the delay more damage to the heart. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have chest discomfort only, is it heart attack?

What do you advise if I have chest discomfort only, is it heart attack?

Get EKG...: The only way to know for sure if your chest discomfort is a heart attack is to get an ekg when you are having the chest discomfort. Typically, the pain is located in the chest and can radiate into the jaw or left arm. Sometimes, the chest discomfort is defined as pressure, like something sitting on your chest. So, get an ekg to know for sure! ...Read more

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I'm having chest pains and I'm worried it'll lead to heart attack. How could I know it?

See your doctor: Chest pains can be caused by a large variety of things, including blocked arteries to the heart. When you see a health care provider he or she will listen to your symptoms, listen to your heart and lungs and decide which tests need to be done next. Chest x-ray and ekg are typical starting points. If there is concern of a blocked artery, sometimes a treadmill test will be done. ...Read more

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Chest pain from a heart attack lasts a while, right, not just like 5-10 minutes then gets better?

Chest pain from a heart attack lasts a while, right, not just like 5-10 minutes then gets better?

Not really: A heart attack can have very different symptoms. Chest pain can last anything from a few minutes to hours. Heart attack can also occur without any chest pain at all! ...Read more

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Can chest pain from heart block lead to heart attack?

Can chest pain from heart block lead to heart attack?

Perhaps: Heart block is an electrical term with brady cardia. Heart blockage is atherosclerosis with coronary artery obstruction which leads to possibility of heart attacks. Chest pain is a symptom from several things, but angina and heart attack are in that list. ...Read more

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What is angina, how do you know if chest pain isn't from a heart attack?

What is angina, how do you know if chest pain isn't from a heart attack?

Angina: Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease. Whether or not your chest pain is cardiac in origin is best answered by a visit to your doctor or nearest er if necessary. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Imad Khreim
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Chest Wall Pain (Definition)

Chest wall pain is a type of non-cardiac pain that usually describes pain that is reproducible by palpation. It can be costochondritis, muscle pain or potentially pleurisy (which ...Read more