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Is heart attack chest pain typically a deep feeling in the chest or closer to the surface?

Is heart attack chest pain typically a deep feeling in the chest or closer to the surface?

Usually deep: But there is not an answer that fits every occurrence. Cardiac chest pain is usually dull ache or squeezing sensation beneath the breastbone, sometimes with radiation to the jaw, shoulder or arm, usually the left--most often with exercise or stress. ...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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Lung has collapsed after having heart attack chest tube not working. What next?

Lung has collapsed after having heart attack chest tube not working. What next?

Another or: Presumably you or your loved one are in an ICU at this point. What happens next depends on why the chest tube isn't working. Anotherr chest tube may be placed, the breathing tube may be moved so that only one lung is ventilated and a surgical repair attempted, etc. Your surgeon or your intensivist should tell your their plans. ...Read more

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Would heart race then go back to normal with a heart attack? Chest tightness, back pain, diarrhea. Or panic attack?

Not typical: Change in heart rate is not something people who are having a heart attack usually report. Chest tightness or pressure is, often associated with activity that increases the heart rate. Low back pain or diarrhea would not be a sign of heart attack, but mid-back pain can be a symptom of a heart issue, especially a problem with the large chest artery, the aorta. Anxiety probable; pursue evaluation. ...Read more

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Do a recent c5-c6 herniated disc with spondylosis and l5-s1 prolapse disc with spondylosis cause symptoms similar to heart attack? Chest pain& fatigue

Do a recent c5-c6 herniated disc with spondylosis and l5-s1 prolapse disc with spondylosis cause symptoms similar to heart attack? Chest pain& fatigue

Not usually. See MD: A cervical disc on the left can cause pain in to left shoulder/scapula and in to the arm. The pain can give a patient fatigue if sleep is impaired. The heart should definitely be evaluated as soon as possible, though, as that could be potentially be life-threatening. ...Read more

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Is there a distinct way to tell different between heart attack and chest just hurting?

Is there a distinct way to tell different between heart attack and chest just hurting?

Yes: A doctor can do tests to tell the difference, but there is no way for you to tell the difference by yourself. However, at 27 you would be VERY young to be having a heart attack unless you do drugs. ...Read more

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It is possible to have heart attack without chest pain and getting recovered from it without knowing even that it was heart attack, without medicine?

It is possible to have heart attack without chest pain and getting recovered from it without knowing even that it was heart attack, without medicine?

Variable but YES: 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 or have minimal pain!
may occur during sleep, sedation, anesthesia etc. May e detected later by ekg, echo, or angiogram. ...Read more

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Does acid reflux cause heart attack like chest & back pain? I don't get the burning I just get pain even when I haven't eaten!

Does acid reflux cause heart attack like chest & back pain? I don't get the burning I just get pain even when I haven't eaten!

Heart disease: Heart attack pain can be disguised as heart burn or acid reflux or musculo-skeletal pain. Women tend to have atypical symptoms including shoulder or jaw pain sometimes back pain, shortness of breat and sometimes just fatigue. You should seek further assistance with your pcp or if you have on going pain through the er. ...Read more

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Fear of heart attack - tight chest feel like can't breath, tired, agitated?

Fear of heart attack - tight chest feel like can't breath, tired, agitated?

Go to ER!!!!: See your doctor immediately. Although your symptoms maybe be minor there is no way to tell without a full medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Which else besides a heart attack could cause chest discomfort?

Which else besides a heart attack could cause chest discomfort?

Chest pain: Pleuritis, pericarditis, air trapping in copd, gerd, pulmonary embolism, musculosketal pain like muscle pull, costochondritis etc. ...Read more

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Why do women with a heart attack but no chest pain die so often?

Why do women with a heart attack but no chest pain die so often?

Number of reasons: Mortality from heart attacks is related to age. Women develop heart disease, on average, 10 years later than men. Women are more likely to present with atypical symptoms that are not recognized either by the patient or the physician. This can result in a delayed diagnosis or missed diagnosis. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between heart attack pain and chest inflammation?

I want to know what is the difference between heart attack pain and chest inflammation?

Can overlap: Heartburn is esophagitis, gastritis, reflux and related to diet, timing, bending over, regurgitation,
better with antacids, GI meds Prilosec etc. Sometimes belching.
Tends to be front and neck and " burning"!

angina and heart attack tend to be pressure, squeeze, and sweaty, clammy, fearful- anxiety provoking fear of death! ...Read more

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How can I tell reflux pain from a heart attack pain. Little chest pain for a month. NOTE: I do eat & lay down & I have anxiety but no attack lately.

How can I tell reflux pain from a heart attack pain. Little chest pain for a month. NOTE: I do eat & lay down & I have anxiety but no attack lately.

Reflux esophagitis v: Heart attack pain may be similar in character. However, due to your young age, cardiac disease is less likely but still possible. Please ask your doctor to obtain an EKG and evaluate you for cardiac risk factors, ie, hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, tobacco use, family hsitory ...Read more

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Chest pain, SOB, nausea - Chance of heart attack with normal chest xray, nuclear stress test, calcium score? Echo slightly low EF of 48%.

Talk to your cardiol: I recommend you speak with your cardiologist as it sounds like you have one, given studies that were done. There are risk modifications that can be done of course. Sounds like you have good contacts with specialists already! ...Read more

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Is it likely to have a heart attack with NORMAL chest CT scan, chest ultrasound, numerous EKGs, and cardiac enzymes in the last year. 32/F/NS/ N Hist.

Modify risk factors: Normal ekg, echo, cardiac ct cardiac enzymes can be useful to rule out a heart attack. At age 32 however we are still capable of building plaque in our arteries. Plaque does not suddenly appear. It starts in young adolescent age. Modifying risk factors includes healthy diet full of lots of plant food. Small amts healthy fats, minimal animal foods, no processed foods and daily exercise&no smoking ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of a 27 year old female having a heart attack or arrest? Chest pains but ct, ekg, echocardiogram, and echo stress test normal?

What is the likelihood of a 27 year old female having a heart attack or arrest? Chest pains but ct, ekg, echocardiogram, and echo stress test normal?

Close to zero: The chance that a young woman has a heart attack is pretty low. Add to that a normal stress test, that makes the risk even lower. ...Read more

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Could a heart attack cause right side chest pain that radiates?

Could a heart attack cause right side chest pain that radiates?

Usually not: Chest pain arising out of a heart attack is usually in the mid sternal region or left sided, very rarely right sided chest pain. ...Read more

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Could I be in risk of a heart attack if I get chest pains? I'm 26 yrs of age male

Could I be in risk of a heart attack if I get chest pains? I'm 26 yrs of age male

Could be: Although the majority of heart issues are in the more advanced age category as it is that population with high cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure) and more risk factors- there are some younger patients that can have cardiac issues. Most of these patients have a undiagnosed congenital heart problem. See your physician for a history and physical to be sure. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have heart attack without ever having chest pain if you are a non-diabetic.

Is it possible to have heart attack without ever having chest pain if you are a non-diabetic.

Atypical MI: Yes. Of course. It is not normal; common, or often seen in one as young as you. But, yes, myocardial infarctions can be a big surprise. ...Read more

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I have almost all symptoms of a heart attack except pressure on chest. I am only 20 years old. Should I be worried?

I have almost all symptoms of a heart attack except pressure on chest. I am only 20 years old. Should I be worried?

Likely panic attack: At your age.

However, best to check with your doc to be sure. After normal results you will be assured and have better sleep. ...Read more

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Did I have a mild heart attack if I have chest pain not due to injury pain in upper back, left side of neck down to elbow w/strong fam hist of heart?

Did I have a mild heart attack if I have chest pain not due to injury pain in upper back, left side of neck down to elbow w/strong fam hist of heart?

Can't say: Wouldn't know without an ekg. But with those symptoms and your family history I hope you submitted this question from the er waiting for an ekg!? ...Read more

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37 M with normal echo stress chol and bp. No fam his or smoke. Fear of heart attack scarin me. Mild chest pain sob doc says acid reflux. Hate my life!

37 M with normal echo stress chol and bp. No fam his or smoke. Fear of heart attack scarin me. Mild chest pain sob doc says acid reflux. Hate my life!

The true statement: Of greatest concern is "Hate my life! " You are at relatively low risk without significant risks other than being male. Symptoms are unlikely to be cardiac and it sounds like you have been evaluated. Find a counselor to deal with the real problem not the somatized cardiac symptoms. Your heart is broken but it is not diseased. Get help. Counseling does not mean you are crazy. Love your life again. ...Read more

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Is heart attack pain always in the center of the chest?

Is heart attack pain always in the center of the chest?

No: It can be right or left or only the neck or only the left arm or without pain, only sweating excessively. ...Read more

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Could you have a heart attack if there is only mild chest dicomfort?

Could you have a heart attack if there is only mild chest dicomfort?

Variable but YES: 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 or have minimal pain!

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

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Can you tell me is it normal to suffer pains in the chest sometimes 3 years after a heart attack?

Can you tell me is it normal to suffer pains in the chest sometimes 3 years after a heart attack?

No: Chest pain can be from the heart, or other causes. After a previous heart attack, you should assume it is from the heart until proven otherwise. Check it out urgently. Today would be good. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I'm have a pricking pain in my chest. Exactly where the heart is. Is this starting of heart attack?

I'm have a pricking pain in my chest. Exactly where the heart is. Is this starting of heart attack?

Hard to say: Would need more description of the pain along with other information. Usually heart attack pain is described as feeling like a heavy pressure or like an "elephant sitting on the chest." Would be helpful to know if you had associated symptoms and what your medical history is. Best to discuss with your doctor and not ignore it. It can be due to other things too. ...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

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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I had a pain in the center of my chest for like 5mins then it went away. Could I have had a heart attack? It isn't there anymore.

I had a pain in the center of my chest for like 5mins then it went away. Could I have had a heart attack? It isn't there anymore.

Nope: Even under the best (worst) of circumstances, 5 minutes is an inadequate time for irreversible damage to the heart to have set in. I would say that it's remotely possible that you had a transient event called unstable angina, but at 18yrs old, that's absurdly unlikely. It's very likely not your heart, but if it is, it's more likely related to something called vasospasm than coronary issues. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a heart attack but I no I'm not but it feels like my whole chest is being squeezed! Help please what do I need to do?

What to do if I have a heart attack but I no I'm not but it feels like my whole chest is being squeezed! Help please what do I need to do?

Emergency.: I think your symptoms warrant emergent evaluation. I suggest you call 911 and get care at the nearest emergency room. The chest squeezing does not have to be due to a heart attack, but there is no way to tell whether this is something serious or not without getting evaluated by a doctor. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Continuously getting sharp shootings pains in my chest. The left side. I'm 23 its really scaring me incase it's a heart attack please help?

Shooting pain: Being young protects you from major disease unless you are using drugs like Cocaine or other bad drugs. The pain can be muscular try Motrin if you have a fever or chills may need chest x ray. Best thing to do is see a doctor. ...Read more

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After a short jog I had mild discomfort/pain specifically on the left side of my chest. I know it wasn't a heart attack, but is that normal?

After a short jog I had mild discomfort/pain specifically on the left side of my chest. I know it wasn't a heart attack, but is that normal?

How does one know?: Some people have those exact symptoms and are having angina, which can be chest pain due to not enough blood flow to the heart. It could be one's guardian angel telling him to get checked out (meaning calling one's primary care doctor now to see how urgent the problem is). It might not be the heart, or it could be fatal next time one goes jogging. Better safe than sorry. ...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


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