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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Overview)

Heart attack is 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 rest of the body.


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What is the definition of an "acute heart attack?"

What is the definition of an "acute heart attack?"

Coronary artery: Traditionally an acute heart attack implies a sudden and unexpected decrease in coronary artery blood flow, often from artery blockage or spasm, resulting in symptoms or death. However, often other conditions causing sudden or aborted sudden death, such as abnormal heart rhythms, with normal arteries, are referred to in the press as a heart attack as well . Can be confusing. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Overview)

Heart attack is 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 rest of the body.


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How does a heart attack occur?Why does the plaque break off?Why this is less likely in young adults 27-35?Esp with norm stress/echo tests/no fam hist

How does a heart attack occur?Why does the  plaque break off?Why this is less likely in young adults 27-35?Esp with norm stress/echo tests/no fam hist

A-: 1- block blood vessels that supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients. 2- because of the flow of blood, it hit on the plaque and it will break. 3-they have less plaques formed in average. 4- risk factors like family history tells you about the predisposition to form plaque. The space is too limited to go in detailes, but I hope this help. ...Read more

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Symptom of heart attack?

Symptom of heart attack?

Lots of things: Chest pain, with or without radiation to the arms, back, shoulders or jaw, sweating, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure and shortness of breath tend to be the most common. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heart attack and what should I do?

What are the symptoms of heart attack and what should I do?

Chest pain: A heart attack or mi (myocardial infarction) can often begin suddenly with chest pain often described as having heavy pressure "like an elephant sitting on your chest." many times this pain can radiate to the left neck, left shoulder and down the left arm. The patient may start sweating and feel their heart racing. If you have similar symptoms, go to the er or call 911 immediately. ...Read more

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Whats the sign of heart attack?

Whats the sign of heart  attack?

Chest pain: Chest pressure, pain, tightness. Some radiation to you're arm, jaw, shoulder may be present. Typically lasting >10min, maybe accompanying by sweeting, shortness of breat or nausea .My advice, don't take chanses and call 911or your doctor. ...Read more

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Is an EKG a good diagnosis tool for heart attack?

An EKG is ONE tool!: First of all, if you are currently having symptoms of chest pain, chest tightness, shortness of breath, nausea, indigestion, jaw pain or pain in the arms, stop reading and dial 911. An ekg is one piece of information. But certain blood tests look for chemicals produced by injured heart muscle, echocardiograms look for poor heart wall movement, and angiograms look for blockages in vessels. Lgromko. ...Read more

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Diagnosed stroke heart attack seizures Parkinson's sleep disorder now dr says serotonin toxicity 18 months 25 drs what do I have?

Diagnosed stroke heart attack seizures Parkinson's sleep disorder now  dr says serotonin toxicity 18 months 25 drs what do I have?

25 doctors in 18 mo?: I'm sorry, but from the info you've given here, it's impossible to say what you "have." serotonin toxicity could involve all the systems you mention. But the more remarkable thing is having had 25 doctors in the last 18 months. Have you established a relationship of ongoing care and trust with any of these doctors? I'm hoping you have, so that at least one can provide some reasonable guidance. ...Read more

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Cannot believe there was a silent mi. How unlikely is it that diagnostic tests for heart attacks are correct?

Cannot believe there was a silent mi. How unlikely is it that diagnostic tests for heart attacks are correct?

Extremely likely: 30% of all heart attacks are silent or unrecognized. The number is 50% in people with diabetes. Modern blood sampling for the diagnosis of and acute heart attack (myocardial infarction) is >99% accurate and the number is further increased if there are ekg and/or echo changes. (accuracy is diminished if the event occurred remotely e.g. >10 days ago). ...Read more

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Why don't doctors test for heart attack risks in women more often?

Why don't doctors test for heart attack risks in women more often?

They should and do: Premenopausal women are protected from heart attack unless they smoke, have diabetes, or use cocaine. Symptoms in this group are virtually always due to another cause. Post menopausal women, smokers, & diabetics have risks similar to men and should be screened similarly. ...Read more

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Hospitalist thot I had mi. After all the different tests for heart attack have come back, no mi. How could they be negative?

Hospitalist thot I had mi. After all the different tests for heart attack have come back, no mi. How could they be negative?

Working hypothesis: Sounds like the hospital felt your symptoms were suspicious but if the blood samples and ekgs are negative, mi is ruled out with confidence. Other explanations for your symptoms should be sought. ...Read more

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Cardiac Arrest (Definition)

Most cardiac arrest episodes are due to the heart rhythm becoming inadequate to pump blood to the body. Ventricular fibrillation is commonly the abnormal rhythm associated with cardiac arrest. If effective rhythm isn't ...Read more


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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction is also known as Heart attack. Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more


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