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I suffered from heart attack few weeks ago, and I still have difficulty swallowing. Is there something wrong with me?

I suffered from heart attack few weeks ago, and I still have difficulty swallowing. Is there something wrong with me?

Yes: It depends on what the difficulty is related? Did you have a ventilator? Did you have any tubes placed in your mouth or airway? What medications you are currently taking? Etc. ...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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They say to take aspirin if you suspect a heart attack. Do you chew it, or swallow it with water or what?

They say to take aspirin if you suspect a heart attack. Do you chew it, or swallow it with water or what?

Chew it: In order for Aspirin to work it needs to get to the heart through the blood stream. The fastest way is to chew and swallow it with some water. Swallowing an Aspirin whole delays absorption into the blood stream by minutes to hours. ...Read more

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My chest is hurting very bad even to take a swallow of drink after moving to a downstairs apt from upstairs it burns is it a heart attack. I'm 44y old m?

My chest is hurting very bad even to take a swallow of drink after moving to a downstairs apt from upstairs it burns is it a heart attack. I'm 44y old m?

Rush to doc: One can't tell from the description if this is just a case of heart burns or a heart attack. Rush to your doctor or ER now even though it may just be a case of reflux. In the meanwhile, take an ASA tablet and perhaps try some Pepcid (famotidine) AC. ...Read more

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Right side chest pain, difficulty swallowing heart burn. Clean bill from cardio. Waiting on follow up w/ gastro. What to expect. Already takin rx Gerd?

Right side chest pain, difficulty swallowing heart burn. Clean bill from cardio. Waiting on follow up w/ gastro. What to expect. Already takin rx Gerd?

Mgt/workup: Your GI specialist may order additional tests or perform an endoscopy of your upper GI tract to determine the underlying cause of your GERD. I would suggest an H Pylori screening test. A change in dose or anti reflux medication may be indicated after this assessment. ...Read more

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Small amount of fluid around the heart, given naproxen every 12 hours. Is my fatigue, shortness of breath, and difficulty swallowing due to this?

Small amount of fluid around the heart, given naproxen every 12 hours. Is my fatigue, shortness of breath, and difficulty swallowing due to this?

Cart before horse: No, a small amount of fluid around your heart (I'm assuming a small pericardial effusion) would not cause your symptoms. However, the process causing the effusion is the likely cause of your symptoms, e.g. viral syndrome, collagen vascular disease, myxedema, others. ...Read more

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Hello. I'm a 32 year old female. I have COPD so I usually have some chest pain at times and difficulty breathing... Currently I'm have a continuous ache in my arm and I've been extremely tired. Should I be concerned about a heart attack?

Hello. I'm a 32 year old female. I have COPD so I usually have some chest pain at times and difficulty breathing... Currently I'm have a continuous ache in my arm and I've been extremely tired. Should I be concerned about a heart attack?

Must call the doctor: A person with left shoulder or left arm pain without a good reason or explanation should go to her doctor or the E.R. to be checked for a heart attack. That means not waiting at home to see if it becomes a bad heart attack. It could turn out to be a lung problem, a bone or muscle problem, or an acid reflux problem, but the heart attack can kill people. As the saying goes, 'better safe than sorry.' ...Read more

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Can dental problem lead to heart attack? How?

Can dental problem lead to heart attack? How?

Not commonly: Heart attack and stroke are cardiovascular accidents so it can happen in a healthy and fit individual. Dental problem can lead to infection in the heart called endocarditis -- this is more of the concern. ...Read more

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Could a heart attack be in my near future? Xray shows no heart problem but continuously having chestpains?

Could a heart attack be in my near future? Xray shows no heart problem but continuously having chestpains?

Complete physical: You need a complete physical with ekg, blood work, and a family history. No one can predict your future health over the internet, especially with such little info to go on.

All the best.. ...Read more

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I'm on testestrone replacement since 6 year I fell fine no heart problems no prostate problem do I stee have risk of heart attack or please explain for?

I'm on testestrone replacement since 6 year I fell fine no heart problems no prostate problem do I stee have risk of heart attack or please explain for?

Uncertain: Hi. There are conflicting reports about risks of hypogonadism and of testosterone therapy on heart risk. In general, if you're on testosterone and your levels are good, I would just treat cardiac risk factors (diabetes, lipids, blood pressure) as indicated. Of course, don't smoke. Eat healthily and exercise regularly. ...Read more

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I was reading on internet that viagara is the house of heart attack in few ppls I don't have any heart problem can I take half pill of 25 mg to start?

I was reading on internet that viagara is the house of heart attack in few ppls I don't have any heart problem can I take half pill of 25 mg to start?

Here are some...: Known to us and common sense, nothing is free and no drug is free of adverse side effects on certain people, which are unpredictable by any medical professionals; so, always use a drug with care and responsibility. The only surest way to avoid adverse effect from a drug is not use it. But most initial question is why you need to use a Viagra (sildenafil) or just to push your reasonable sex ability beyond limit ...Read more

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Can smoking cause a sudden heart attack if 41 female with no heart problem?

Can smoking cause a sudden heart attack if 41 female with no heart problem?

Of course: Sudden cardiac death is an unexpected death caused by loss of heart function. It is the leading cause of heart-related deaths around the world. According to a a recent study, smoking may double a woman’s risk of sudden cardiac death. At the same time quitting can reduce that risk significantly over time. Time to quit! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an undiagnosed, serious heart problem for over a year with no heart attack/stroke/etc?

Is it possible to have an undiagnosed, serious heart problem for over a year with no heart attack/stroke/etc?

Anything is possible: There can be serious underlying heart disease in a person, without yet being diagnosed, that would not necessarily cause a hear attack or stroke. Why are you concerned? If you feel you need a heart evaluation for some reason, such as family history, atypical chest pains, etc. Than ask your pcp to give you a good eval and heart check up. ...Read more

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Pacemaker problem regarding heart attack/cardiac arrest, can you tell me about this?

Pacemaker problem regarding heart attack/cardiac arrest, can you tell me about this?

Unrelated: There is far less than a 1% risk of heart attack during pacemaker implantation. Once it is implanted, there is almost no way it could cause a significant heart attack. It will not prevent most cardiac arrests. An ICD can treat cardiac arrest from ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation ...Read more

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What would experts say about age range for having a heart problem that lead to a heart attack?

What would experts say about age range for having a heart problem that lead to a heart attack?

Any age: Usually from 30 to any age. Many autopsy studies have shown incidence of coronary artery disease as early as 18 years. People with hereditary risk factors and high cholesterol and smoker it can occur prematurely. ...Read more

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I keep thinking I'm going to have a heart attack, would a ECG show up a problem as it comes back normal so is blood pressure I'm fed up of anxiety?

I keep thinking I'm going to have a heart attack, would a ECG show up a problem as it comes back normal so is blood pressure I'm fed up of anxiety?

Why?: Stop smoking.
Check cholesterol
get a cardiovascular rehab/ or exercize program going.
May need a treadmill first as screening
control weight
check family history.
Ekg does not predict but can be helpful if having arrythmia or chest pain.
See your pcp and work on the causes of your anxiety! also. ...Read more

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Can anxiety give you a heart attack or heart problem? I can't exercise because I get shaky, weak short of breath during and fear it's my heart.

Can anxiety give you a heart attack or heart problem? I can't exercise because I get shaky, weak short of breath during and fear it's my heart.

Anxiety & heart: I agree with dr. Glassman's explanations. If you've had a good evaluation with your primary care doctor, you know your physiology is in relatively good shape. However, deconditioning will leave you breathless, etc when working out -- at least at the beginning. You could see a psychologist for cognitive behavioral therapy, so that you can gradually and successfully increase healthy exercise. ...Read more

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Lipid panel showed total cholesterol 180, LDL 70, HDL 50, trigs 300. Do I have a cholesterol problem and what do I do? Dad had heart attack at 54.

Lipid panel showed total cholesterol 180, LDL 70, HDL 50, trigs 300. Do I have a cholesterol problem and what do I do? Dad had heart attack at 54.

Risk: Your triglycerides could be lower, the rest of your lipids are good. You need to continue the BP control, should be getting daily aerobic exercise and an 81mg Aspirin a day is a consideration. Talk to your dr. About other factors that may not be in your list above. A mediterranean diet is also a very good idea. ...Read more

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25f jaw left arm pain 5 days had normal ecg yesterday still scared im having heart attack would ecg be normal if there was problem?

25f jaw left arm pain 5 days had normal ecg yesterday still scared im having heart attack would ecg be normal if there was problem?

Probably ok: Given your age, gender, and a normal ECG, it seems very unlikely that you have had or are having a heart attack. Your doctor can help you figure out the cause of your symptoms which is most likely to be musculoskeletal in origin. ...Read more

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Is having pain in your neck shoulder chest and down your arm called having a heart attack even if its only mild breathing difficulties?

Is having pain in your neck shoulder chest and down your arm called having a heart attack even if its only mild breathing difficulties?

Very concerning: The symptoms you describe including shortness of breath are very concerning for angina. Angina is pain or other symptoms that are related to the heart needing more oxygen. Not everybody has the same symptoms, and some people, like diabetics and women may have no symptoms or even what they think is indigestion. Who ever is having these symptoms needs to see a cardiologist to see if its the heart. ...Read more

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Who is at risk of a heart attack?

Risk factors...: Risk factors for heart attack include: smoking, uncontrolled hypertension, uncontrolled cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle. Males and post-menopausal females are at higher risk as well as family history of a heart attack at a younger age. Diabetes was always thought of as a risk factor but new evidence suggests that well-controlled diabetes is probably not a risk factor. ...Read more

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How much does a heart attack hurt?

How much does a heart attack hurt?

Heart Attack Pain: Pain from a heart attack can vary from severe to not really having pain, like in the case of some diabetics. Typical pain of a heart attack is pressure to the chest, aching pain to the left arm and/or the jaw. Diabetics don't always have these typical symptoms, and besides that are at increased risk of a heart attack! ...Read more

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What does a heart attack look like?

Chest Pain: Typically, patients with a heart attack have chest pain, difficulty breathing. The pain can sometimes move to the arm or the jaw. But, it greatly depends on the individual patient and the other medical conditions he or she has. For instance, paients with diabetes can sometimes get a heart attack without any chest pain at all, because the diabetes damages the nerves around the heart. ...Read more

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What can cause a heart attack in men?

What can cause a heart attack in men?

See below: All the classical risk factors which include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history and if you have the above, a heart attack may be precipitated by stress including drugs, excessive drinking and sex, and many more. Live healthy and good luck! ...Read more

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How can a fit man have a heart attack?

How can a fit man have a heart attack?

Atherosclerosis: Can still occur and blockage can happen. ...Read more

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How much young can have a heart attack?

How much young can have a heart attack?

It all depends...: Depends on what conditions you suffer of (for example diabetes, uncontrolled and severe high bad cholesterol, heart conditions, hypertension, obesity), your family history (for example a parent that suffered a heart attack very young), smoking, use of cocaine. It is very rare that at your age, unless under the circumstances mentioned above, to suffer and heart attack. ...Read more

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How to get disability after a heart attack?

How to get disability after a heart attack?

Talk to your doctor: Please talk to you cardiologist or primary care doctor, who will be better able to guide you in your particular case. However, a heart attack may or may not qualify you for disability. It will depend on the severity. ...Read more

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What can be initial symptoms of heart attack?

What can be initial symptoms of heart attack?

Chest Pain -See Doc?: When to see a doctor?

How do you know when you need medical help for chest pain? It's not always easy to tell. Helpful simple quiz:

http://edition. Cnn. Com/HEALTH/help. At.home/chest. Pain/content. Html ...Read more

Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Definition)

Difficulty swallowing is complex. One could have decreased saliva which will make the food thick and viscous and harder to swallow. Food or liquids may be difficult to swallow and feel like they are getting "stuck" in the throat. One may also "choke" on liquids or foods during the swallow, before, or after the swallow depending on the problem ...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