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Heart Attack Difficulty Swallowing
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
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
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
Please elaborate: I do not know what you mean swallowing a dental plaque. ...Read more
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?
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?
Small amount of fluid around the heart, given naproxen every 12 hours. Is my fatigue, shortness of breath, and difficulty swallowing due to this?
Do I have strep throat? Difficulty swallowing dry mouth and throat, feels like something is there. Been experiencing a bit of heart burn as well. No other symptoms.
Strep throat: Can only be diagnoses with a test. See your PCP asap for proper diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more
Had heart attack five years ago, ended up in coma for 3 day and had a stent put in. For the 3 weeks, have chest tightness, difficulty breathing, ?
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
Had heart attack 5 yrs ago, had stent put in a coma for 3 days. Last month, have difficulty breathing, arms/legs weak or heavy, numbness in hand?
See your doctor: See your doctor asap, these can be symptoms of cardiac trouble. ...Read more
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
Could a heart attack be in my near future? Xray shows no heart problem but continuously having chestpains?
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
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
I am diabetic and also suffered from a massive heart attack in 1996 I have ten stents in my heart, but I have a typical problem of perspiring profusel?
Heart attack: Need to see your doctor and get checked out. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Can a massive heart attack and CHF cause asthma to be worse? Never had a problem before but after this asthma seems to come more often. Any reason?
My mum died of heart related problem. I believe its heart attack as a result of high blood pressure. Do you think I might suffer the same fate?
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?
get a cardiovascular rehab/ or exercize program going.
May need a treadmill first as screening
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
After my heart attack, 8 months ago, I started to exercise. I must stay to 80%-85% of my max bmr. What is the problem if I go to 95 or 100% sometimes?
Caution: After building. Stamina and conditioning. I don't think that you can't go that far. 1-2 times a week. ...Read more
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
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
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
Hi, can a stomach/digestion problem cause some kind of heart attack? Sometimes I feel heavier heart beat and some chest pain, and it's gone after burp
Stomach: Stomach ailments do not cause heart attacks. Sometimes stomach symptoms can mimic heart disease and vise versa. ...Read more
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
Can a heart attack to occur resulting from a cause other than plaque build up in the heart arteries (e.G., muscular compression of arteries)?
Yes: Coronary bridging and coronary spasm are well documented ethiologies for some myocardial infarcts. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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