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Gift Ideas For Heart Attack Victims
Any ideas on what pains that are similar to a heart attack might also be related to (chest, back, jaw pain)?
Is illness illusion the same of obsessive compulsive? The idea of being ill by heart attack is settled in my mind. I can't get rid of it. Thanks
"Illness illusion": Some people with ocd focus on their health, becoming anxious about dire illnesses or contaminations -- but these are not the only obsessive thoughts they have. Others have high health anxiety but no other obsessions -- they might have somatoform disorders. So, "illness illusion" is not exactly the same as ocd. There is help for both conditions with cognitive behavioral therapy, though. ...Read more
My dad is 60 he had a heart attack involving 3 coronary arteries with a total of 9 blockages. He had stents put in. Any ideas on his life expectancy?
Good prognosis: If his left ventricular function is normal and if he follows the instructions of his doctors (no smoking, statin, dual anti-platelet therapy, blood pressure control, good diet, exercise), he can live a normal life expectancy and pass on at home in his sleep at a very advanced age. ...Read more
Went to the ER with chest pain heart attack ruled out but high ck level of 2500 no meds to cause this but had hip surgery 3 months ago any ideas ?
Many possibilities: Thepossibilities the differential diagnosis of elevated CPK is relatively narrow: muscle injury of any kind or one of the macro-ck syndromes. First i would recommend a muscle aldolase test, if abnormal something is causing ongoing muscle injury -drugs, autoimmune myositis, etc if normal, than i would do a CPK electrophoresis to determine if macro ck is present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My left arm & hand have been tingling for months. No idea why. I'm 25. No heart attack. Could i be sleeping on it strangely?
Yes, position impt: Assuming it is intermittent and is most nticable in the am upon arising, sleep position is a real possibility. Suggest using pillows to force you to sleep with er on the back or oppositie side. Play detective related to possible causes which are mechanical. Truck drivers get it with the left arm propped on a ledge or arm rest as an example. If it persists and exam would be reasonable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Is it more stressful as a heart attack victim to drive somewhere for 10 hours or to fly for 3 hours?
If acute: Go to er wiith capacity for coronary intervention. If in the past, drive and break up the trip every hour or so and walk about ( hopefully safe driver) . Stretching out and moving about is good. If by air, get up and move about whenever one can. Being all scrunched up in those seats is unpleasant enough! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Young female. Anxiety disorder victim. Cholesrol levels are fine according to blood test. AKG is fine. But still have concerns of Heart Attack.Advice?
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