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Can waking up startled with a racing heart beat give you a heart attack or cardiac arrest? (awful feeling ex: alarm goes off=boom heart jumps) :(

Can waking up startled with a racing heart beat give you a heart attack or cardiac arrest? (awful feeling ex: alarm goes off=boom heart jumps) :(

Not in your case: In the absence of advanced heart disease it would be extremely rare. In a young female with no cardiac risk factors (diabetes, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking) not a problem. Try a clock radio with gentle music. ...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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Ct angio score of zero, stress echo normal and event monitor only ectopic beats...does this rule out CAD? Dad heart attack at 50 still alive. Help?

Ct angio score of zero, stress echo normal and event monitor only ectopic beats...does this rule out CAD? Dad heart attack at 50 still alive. Help?

Yes: Your coronary arteries are clean on testing. While reassuring, this is not a guarantee. Heart attacks can also be electrical, meaning an arrhythmia. Stay active, avoid metabolic swings and learn CPR. Be well. ...Read more

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What does it mean:shortness of breath poking needle feeling, arm pressure, fast heart beat while hiking? I'm 28 female i don't smoke or drink caffeine

What does it mean:shortness of breath poking needle feeling, arm pressure, fast heart beat while hiking? I'm 28 female i don't smoke or drink caffeine

Out of Shape: It means you are exercising beyond your current physical capacity. Your body is over worked or stressed. It means you need to keep exercising and getting your heart and lungs back to ideal health so you can continue this very good and healthy activity. ...Read more

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62uncle had heart attack in coma since3days.Took 10 min to resuscitate him.Is that why he's in a coma?Expectations?No known heart dialysis 8+ yrs.

62uncle had heart attack in coma since3days.Took 10 min to resuscitate him.Is that why he's in a coma?Expectations?No known heart dialysis 8+ yrs.

That's a hard one.: I am sorry he is so sick. We cannot know from what you tell us much about his odds. Obviously he is dangerously ill. His doctors can discuss his chances with you better because they know what happened and why. Best wishes to you and your family! Ask questions, and it helps to take notes of answers and write down questions you think of before talking to the docs. ...Read more

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Heart rate in 150's showering? I'm 17

Heart rate in 150's showering? I'm 17

Maybe anemic?: unusual unless cold shower causes temporary heart racing, but if irregular heart rate then have cardiologist do a full exam. if heavy menstrual periods could be anemic and need to check iron , ferritin levels . also get thyroid checked [tsh; thyroid stimulating hormone levels] if all normal and only while showering don't worry , take a bath , no seriously need the above evaluations. ...Read more

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Likely to die during aneurysm clipping surgery? momhaving it inweeks; shes 48, COPD, Heart disease, coronary artery disease,many heartissues 95lbs 5'7

Likely to die during aneurysm clipping surgery? momhaving it inweeks; shes 48, COPD, Heart disease, coronary artery disease,many heartissues 95lbs 5'7

Relatively high risk: You mean Berry ' cerebral aneurysm surgery risk is getting much better , but still is relatively high risk procedure due to your mom's associated problems, if neglected will have much worse out come than cure by surgery. You need help to over come your grief, speak to your family members ...Read more

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Had EKG during panic attack- "tachycardia V rate over 99- consider anterior infarct, diminished r<0.15mV V3" cardio says im ok- was this heart attack?

Had EKG during panic attack- "tachycardia V rate over 99- consider anterior infarct, diminished r<0.15mV V3" cardio says im ok- was this heart attack?

No: If it was a cardiac event, they'd certainly have identified it. You need to trust your Dr. If you don't, work toward it. It will be a big help to both of you. ...Read more

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34 male EKG, echo stress. heart rate goes to 130-140 during play, but takes 30-45 min to below 100. Lungs burn when run.Out of shape? Heart issues?

34 male EKG, echo stress. heart rate goes to 130-140 during play, but takes 30-45 min to below 100. Lungs burn when run.Out of shape? Heart issues?

Probably: If your heart tests are normal and it takes longer for your heart rate to return to baseline, it may suggest that you may be out of shape. You need to gradually build your stamina with regular workouts. You should get these wrist bands which tell your HR and BP in realtime. Start with walking 1 mile a day and increase to 2 miles in a ~ 4 wks p, as tolerated. Then start going to gym ~3-4/wk. ...Read more

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Health anxiety about heart. would a recent echo have detected valve problems or heart failure? my heart beat is quiet and my pulse feels weak.

Health anxiety about heart. would a recent echo have detected valve problems or heart failure? my heart beat is quiet and my pulse feels weak.

Echo: Yes echo should be able to pick up heart failure or valve problems. If it was normal and your rhythm is regular enjoy your life and do not worry too much at your age and for your gender ...Read more

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What causes a heart attack at 19?

What causes a heart attack at 19?

Drugs, genes: Cocaine or methamphetamine come to mind when you see a 19 year old with a heart attack, although an autoimmune disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or severe hyperlipidemia might have a myocardial infarct at that age as well... Drugs are the cause more commonly seen in our society, however. ...Read more

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Hollow chest cavity , racing heart rate, murmur. Related?

Hollow chest cavity , racing heart rate, murmur. Related?

Maybe: Pectus excavatum is more common in folks with marfan-like illness, who in turn are more likely to have "barlow" degenerative mitral valve disease which in turn predisposes a person to supraventricular tachycardia. Your physician may give you an rx, but ask also about getting into really good aerobic shape to manage the svt -- generally this works great and may keep you off meds. ...Read more

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Can sudden bad news cause panic/anxiety attacks? Feel warm, nervous, fast pulse, feels like my heart beats extra beat, feel scared nervous, can't slee

Can sudden bad news cause panic/anxiety attacks? Feel warm, nervous, fast pulse, feels like my heart beats extra beat, feel scared nervous, can't slee

Yes: This is a common reaction however there are other causes for these symptoms. You mention excessive bleeding and a diuretic that might contribute to your symptoms. Usually, these symptoms will resolve quickly after a singular event such as getting bad news. If they persist or recur, see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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Does an anxiety attack make you feel like you're having a heart attack? Numbness in the hands & feet. Fast heart beat. Loss of breath

Does an anxiety attack make you feel like you're having a heart attack? Numbness in the hands & feet. Fast heart beat. Loss of breath

Anxiety: Anxiety attacks and panic attacks can feel exactly as you describe. At 19 anxiety is far more common than a heart attack. Heart attack is not impossible but statistically the anxiety attack would be overwhelmingly more probable in a young person. Discussing with your Dr. and if appropriate having cardiac testing or help with anxiety is a good course of action. ...Read more

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Racing heart( 160) sweaty palms, shaking. Panic attack or SVT? ER doc said EKG strip showed Sinus Tachy not SVT, even at that high of rate

Racing heart( 160) sweaty palms, shaking. Panic attack or SVT? ER doc said EKG strip showed Sinus Tachy not SVT, even at that high of rate

Tachycardia : the heart rate could be svt or st, if a resting rate with those Sx then panic attack is a consideration. Discuss with your doc, further work up may be indicated ...Read more

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Is a stroke like a heart attack?So strokes have fast heart beats or does your heart rate stay the same?

Is a stroke like a heart attack?So strokes have fast heart beats or does your heart rate stay the same?

Similar yet differen: Both result in injury due to decreased oxygen &/or blood supply to tissues. Stroke can b due 2 blood clot or bleeding; mi from blood clot or spasm of arteries to heart. Area of brain or heart affected will determine if heart increases or decreases. ...Read more

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Heart ultra sound shows leaky valve .Stress test heart rate 170 at 2nd stage.Pre mature irregular beats.Almost faint when standing.Tired.Short breath?

Heart ultra sound shows leaky valve .Stress test heart rate 170 at 2nd stage.Pre mature irregular beats.Almost faint when standing.Tired.Short breath?

Leaky heart valve: The symptoms of lightheadedness when standing is often related to a drop in blood pressure and/or heart rate. Since you also have fatigue and shortness of breath, as well as irregular heart beats on the stress test and a leaky valve on the echocardiogram you should be evaluated by a cardiologist. There are other tests that can be performed to help with the diagnosis. ...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