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My cardiologist says he suspects I've had a silent heart attack. I've had no symptoms or knowledge of this. What now? 71 years, female.

My cardiologist says he suspects I've had a silent heart attack. I've had no symptoms or knowledge of this. What now? 71 years, female.

You get medicine.: Patient with history of previous heart attacks are expected to be on multiple medications that control the blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and possibly heart rate, Sometimes a cardiologist could discuss a diagnostic plan that includes a catheterization based on your risk and symptoms. Feel free to discuss what's next with your heart doctor. ...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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What is a silent heart attack or mi?

What is a silent heart attack or mi?

Heart attack: The usual heart attack has severe chest pain and gets the patient's attention real well. Some people have a heart attack and don't know it. We usually find this during testing. When we find evidence of a heart attack that had no symptoms, that's called a 'silent' heart attack. ...Read more

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Is it rare for a 23yo female to have a heart attack?

Is it rare for a 23yo female to have a heart attack?

Yes, very rare: Unless you have congenital heart disease a heart attack would be extremely rare. If you are a young lady with anxiety you may have "panic attacks" which produce rapid heart rate, chest pain and/or trouble breathing - all of which imitate heart trouble but are not and can be scary nonetheless. If you are worried about your heart you can always see the doc who RX sertraline to check it out. ...Read more

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23yo female scared I am going to have a heart attack?

23yo female scared I am going to have a heart attack?

Heart attack: Sounds like you have depression and anxiety disorder. You should discuss with your psych provider. Heart attacks are VERY uncommon in 23y/o females so it is highly unlikely you need to worry about this particular event. It isn't impossible but unlikely. You should however take precautions like prudient diet, exercise and not smoking, and if your PCP has other suggestions to follow them. ...Read more

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What is the chance of a 23yo female having a heart attack?

What is the chance of a 23yo female having a heart attack?

Heart Attack.: Heart attack more commonly occurs in the older ages above 35, uncommon in the 20's. People with strong family history at of heart attacks below 30 yrs are at risk. Certain life styles makes one a high risk. People with Hypertension, Diabetes, Smokers, IV drug use of illicit drugs, obesity, high cholesterol emotional distress plays major roles in heart attack. No smoking, exercise healthy diet key ...Read more

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What are the chances of a 23yo female having a heart attack?

What are the chances of a 23yo female having a heart attack?

Unlikely: It is unlikely, but it is possible. It becomes more likely with abuse of drugs such as cocaine. If you are having chest pain, it needs to be evaluated right now. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of a 23yo female having a heart attack.

What is the likelihood of a 23yo female having a heart attack.

Not likely: It is not impossible but it is very unlikely that a 23 year old would have a heart attack. Most heart attacks occur in men over 50 and women over 60, Risks for heart attack include age over 50 or 60 (as above), hypertension, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol and having a relative with a heart attack at an early age. If you are concerned see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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How probable is a 18-25 year old female to have an heart attack?

How probable is a 18-25 year old female to have an heart attack?

Congenital anomaly: Unusual

unlikely
other risk factors

aortic root, aortic valvular disease
aberrant coronary
anomalous coronary origin

but as another has noted: Cocaine and other drugs of abuse are more likely. ...Read more

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What's the probability that a 26yr female could have a heart attack?

Very low: This would be very unusual unless there were very adverse circumstances - homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia patient, Cocaine abuse and coronary artery dissection during pregnancy would be examples of these adverse circumstances. ...Read more

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What is the likelyhood of a 24 year old female having a heart attack?

What is the likelyhood of a 24 year old female having a heart attack?

Heart attack: Its not the age of when a person has a heart attack its risk factors eg diabetes, smoking, hypertension, lack of exercise, high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease. Having said that it is rare for a 24 yr old to have a myocardial infarction but I have seen it. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a 23yo female to have a heart attack or to die suddenly?

What are the chances of a 23yo female to have a heart attack or to die suddenly?

Rare: The incidence of coronary artery disease in healthy 23 year old women is extremly uncommon. Heart disease is a disease of the middle aged and elderly. There are some forms of congential heart disease and if you have a family history of early coronary artery disease or are having what you feel to be symptoms of CAD see your doctor to discuss. ...Read more

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Can you explain what are early warning signs of heart attack in males and females?

Can you explain what are early warning signs of heart attack in males and females?

No difference: Classic symptoms again are chest pressure like an elephant sitting on chest which can radiate to jaw, teeth or left arm (usually) with cold sweats, and shortness of breath and maybe nausea, dizziness. These are the classic symptoms, no preference for sexes. ...Read more

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What are some rare symptoms of a heart attack that only a female would experience?

What are some rare symptoms of a heart attack that only a female would experience?

Not gender specific: Atypical findings are not exclusive to female gender. They can go from being silent to feeling gi discomfort ...Read more

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What does heart attack feel like? I am a 44 yr old female just wondering what the pain is like?

What does heart attack feel like? I am a 44 yr old female just wondering what the pain is like?

MI sxs: Heart attack sx can include: chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, increased sweating pain or numbness radiating down the arm (more often left than right) and nausea. There could be pain in the upper back, head, jaw or teeth. One fourth of people have heart attacks without chest pain. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms before having a heart attack for a female?

What are the signs and symptoms before having a heart attack for a female?

Same: The signs and symptoms are the same, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, arrhythmias, and such. The issue has been that for reasons not clearly understood, women presenting with the same symptoms as men are less likely to have been believed. Fortunately, that situation appears to have improved. ...Read more

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Is a cold a sign of an impending heart attack in a 23 yo female. Don't smoke or drink and don't do drugs?

Is a cold a sign of an impending heart attack in a 23 yo female. Don't smoke or drink and don't do drugs?

No: These are the typical signs:
Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. ...Read more

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What are all the possible symptoms of a silent heart attack? If I had one in the past would it show now in my ecocardiogram? I have it on my profile

What are all the possible symptoms of a silent heart attack? If I had one in the past would it show now in my ecocardiogram? I have it on my profile

None: Asymptomatic= silent but with damage and lab or ekg changes identified later.
At sleep, or sedated, or anesthetized, or confused with some GI complaint="heart burn, etc.Echo is showing an area of poor heart muscle function= dysfunction. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack?

Yes: Yes, severe anxiety can cause a silent heart attack, especially if you have neuropathy due to diabetes or if you are distracted by other pains or are taking pain medications. ...Read more

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Can someone climb a flight of stairs following a silent heart attack?

Can someone climb a flight of stairs following a silent heart attack?

Certainly: Most heart attack patients can be rehabilitated to high activity.
This is for silent, non silent, post op etc. ...Read more

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Can smoking cause a sudden heart attack if 41 female with no heart problem?

Can smoking cause a sudden heart attack if 41 female with no heart problem?

Of course: Sudden cardiac death is an unexpected death caused by loss of heart function. It is the leading cause of heart-related deaths around the world. According to a a recent study, smoking may double a woman’s risk of sudden cardiac death. At the same time quitting can reduce that risk significantly over time. Time to quit! ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for heart disease (heart attack) for a 41 year old female.

What are the risk factors for heart disease (heart attack) for a 41 year old female.

There are many: Less but still possible in a pre-menopausal women, smoking, cholesterol, high blood pressure uncontrolled, diabetes, obesity, and family history. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Non smoker, active 31 female. What are my chances of heart disease or a heart attack?

Non smoker, active 31 female. What are my chances of heart disease or a heart attack?

More info: Would need more information such as family history, cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. You can find heart disease risk calculators online. ...Read more

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I'm 28 yr old female non smoker I ha e a fast heart beat of 100-120 BPM could I have a heart attack?

I'm 28 yr old female non smoker I ha e a fast heart beat of 100-120 BPM could I have a heart attack?

See below: There are multiple reasons why a 28 year old may have a fast heartbeat. Only some initiate from the heart and coronary disease leading to a heart attack would not start at the top of my list. Go see your doctor and don't be scared. ...Read more

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Is it POSSIBLE to live a long life after a silent heart attack that did not get treatment at the time?

Is it POSSIBLE to live a long life after a silent heart attack that did not get treatment at the time?

On the internet: The most important thing you must do is to never have another cigarette. Starting today. Second not one of us is able to give you any accurate advice without all of your test results and vital signs and physical exam. You are asking for guessing or generalities. You can live well but you must start that today. Stop smoking. Now. ...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