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Heart Attack Or Gas
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
Not by itself: Stress does contribute to heart attacks, but does not directly cause them. Family history, diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia and smoking are the known risk factors. Occasionally, even people without CAD will feel tightness in their chest when anxious, hyperventilating, or tightening their musculature. Of course, if their is any question, one should seek care by their pcp or er. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Actually, yes: It's amazing what anxiety can do! Have medical tests and if results are negative for lung problems or heart issues - it leaves anxiety as a prime suspect. The good news will be that 1. you now know'll you are healthy in important ways and 2. CBT therapy works well for learning anxiety mgmt skills. It's a good thing! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to tell: Some patients with real heart attacks have associated sweating, nausea, burping, difficulty breathing. Not having these symptoms does not mean your not having a heart attack. Classic sudden onset of chest pain or pressure radiating to the jaw or down an arm is classic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perhaps: Heart block is an electrical term with brady cardia. Heart blockage is atherosclerosis with coronary artery obstruction which leads to possibility of heart attacks. Chest pain is a symptom from several things, but angina and heart attack are in that list. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A heart attack or angina? What are the differences in symptoms between a heart attack and angina?
Angina : Angina and heart attack symptoms are both the result of reduced blood flow to heart muscle. Both can result in chest pain, pressure or squeezing that can radiate into the neck, jaw or arm and can be accompanied by other symptoms such as sweating, dizziness, or nausea. There are important differences though. Angina is brought on by exertion and relieved by rest or certain medications, such as nitroglycerin. It is the result of chronic cholesterol buildup in one or more of the coronary arteries, which restricts adequate blood flow to heart muscle during periods of increased activity. Angina usually resolves within 15 minutes of stopping activity or taking nitroglycerin. When someone experiences angina for the first time, or when their angina is provoked more easily this is called unstable angina and requires immediate medical attention. As opposed to angina, heart attacks happen suddenly and the symptoms can be more severe and persist much longer. Heart attacks are a result of a sudden blockage of the coronary blood vessel, typically by a ruptured cholesterol plaque. Heart attack symptoms persist until the blockage resolves, or if it does not resolve, until the heart muscle dies. Not all patients with heart attacks have angina prior. Heart attacks are a medical emergency and always require immediate medical attention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I discriminate if I have panic attack or angina attack? Both include chest discomfort, rapid or irregular heart beat and anxiety.
Different conditions: A heart attack is an occlusion of a coronary artery that leads to no blood supply to part of the heart muscle which can lead to permanent heart damage. This can lead to heart failure which is a drop in the pumping action of the heart leading to shortness of breath, leg swelling , fatigue. This can also be caused by valvular heart disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: In addition to a correlation of periodontal disease and heart disease, decayed teeth that result in dental infections that go untreated can cause heart problems. There can be a spread of infection via fascial planes to the mediastinum, resulting in heart problems and death. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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