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Stabbing chest pain while exhaling that's not a heart attack. Any ideas?

Stabbing chest pain while exhaling that's not a heart attack. Any ideas?

Maybe pericardial: Pain which is altered by breathing may be due to irritation in the tissue surrounding the heart- the pericardium. Other cause could be the lung tissue itself. ...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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Any ideas on what pains that are similar to a heart attack might also be related to (chest, back, jaw pain)?

Any ideas on what pains that are similar to a heart attack might also be related to (chest, back, jaw pain)?

Call 911: Regardless, the cause, severe chest, back, jaw pains always a red flag. If you have chest pain regardless of its cause (heart burn, jaw pain, anxiety, etc.), visit to the ER is warranted. Do not drive, Call 911. ...Read more

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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

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

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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?

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

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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?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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I am a heart attack and stroke victim of 2 years. I am getting needle prick sensations in my left foot. It seems to happen only at night. What is it?

I am a heart attack and stroke victim of 2 years. I am getting needle prick sensations in my left foot. It seems to happen only at night. What is it?

Neuritis: Has nothing to do with your heart attack and probably not your stroke either. This is a typical symptom (called paresthesia) of peripheral neuritis. There are many causes. The most common is diabetes but the list includes at least 50. Treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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Is it safe and beneficial to give a heart attack victim nitrostat (nitroglycerin) before doing cpr?

Is it safe and beneficial to give a heart attack victim nitrostat (nitroglycerin) before doing cpr?

Heart attack: If someone needs CPR nitro is not given. CPR is usually given to someone who is experiencing cardiac or cardio-pulmonary arrest. ...Read more

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What are the chances someone having a heart attack or stroke in there 30's?

What are the chances someone having a heart attack or stroke in there 30's?

Rare.: Stroke risk is about 1/5000 for those under 45 with most of the risk borne by those with congenital or acquired problems of the heart, blood, or serious inflammatory disease, metabolic disorders, or drug ingestion. If you have none of these your risk is substantially lower. ...Read more

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What happens if someone had a heart attack during s*x could the other person be charged with necrophilia?

What happens if someone had a heart attack during s*x could the other person be charged with necrophilia?

Insane in Texas: Hi. They're insane in Texas, so who knows? I know there are normal people in Texas, but they never make it in the news! ;-)
In normal states, that would NEVER happen. But with your politicians, we outsiders EXPECT insane! ...Read more

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My chest tightened up real bad and stayed that way for a few minutes. Did I have a heart attack? P.S. I was doing drugs:p

My chest tightened up real bad and stayed that way for a few minutes. Did I have a heart attack? P.S. I was doing drugs:p

Possibly.: Drugs have definitely been known to cause heart attacks. My advice: get your heart checked and get help in a serious attempt to stop using drugs. ...Read more

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How to stop s heart attack and how do you stop it?

Reopen coronary: The only way to stop a heart attack is by reopening the affected coronary. The coronary can be reopened by a percutaneous coronary intervention, thrombolysis or by coronary bypass surgery. For an acute event pci and thrombolysis the quickest life saving procedure. ...Read more

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What are the signs when you get a heart attack in a woman in her 40's?

What are the signs when you get a heart attack in a woman in her 40's?

Variable: Symptoms: chest and neck and left arm pain can all occur
elephant sitting on your chest
shortness of breath
fatigue
anxiety
fear
some are asymptomatic

signs: cold clammy low pulse rate, or fast irregular
sudden death, . ...Read more

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Define a heart attack?

Define a heart attack?

See below: A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a part of your heart is blocked for a long enough time that part of the heart muscle is damaged or dies. The medical term for this is myocardial infarction. ...Read more

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Is heart attack painful?

Is heart attack painful?

Often yes: It can be painless in about 25% of cases (50% in people with diabetes) but the more typical presentation is with discomfort which can become quite painful for some. ...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


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