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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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Mini heart attack or pinched nerve, im 22, 5'11, 236lbs, smoker, junkfood eater, no exercise, shooting pain radiating from my neck, worsens at shoulder and shooting down into my arm and hand?

Mini heart attack or pinched nerve, im 22, 5'11, 236lbs, smoker, junkfood eater, no exercise, shooting pain radiating from my neck, worsens at shoulder and shooting down into my arm and hand?

Radicular pain?: You need to consult your Family Physician and get checked.At your age with the symptoms you described it is very unlikely to be due to heart problem
And more likely from a problem with your Cervical Spine and may be a pinched nerve causing pain radiating down the arm
Get your self checked and treated
And advice to stop smoking and lifestyle changes for your eating habits and exercise ...Read more

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Could a pinched nerve have same symptoms as a heart attack?

Could a pinched nerve have same symptoms as a heart attack?

Yes: Pinched nerve can cause left arm pain, which can be confused as a heart attack.

On the other hand, heart attack can be mis-interpreted as pinched nerve.

Please consult your doctor, if you have question. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve cause heart attack like symptoms? Sharp pain in left sternum and down left arm. Have been to cardiologist recently. Heart is good

Can a pinched nerve cause heart attack like symptoms? Sharp pain in left sternum and down left arm. Have been to cardiologist recently.  Heart is good

Yes: A nerve root compression in your neck (cervical spine) can do this - at your age, a ruptured disc would be the most likely culprit, usually trauma related. Tumors are thankfully rare but in the differential diagnosis. An MRI and EMG would confirm this. ...Read more

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I've had a pain behind my shoulder blade and a tingly numb pain going down my arm.I know I have a pinched nerve, and elevated cholesterol. Heart attack?

I've had a pain behind my shoulder blade and a tingly numb pain going down my arm.I know I have a pinched nerve, and elevated cholesterol. Heart attack?

Probably not: At your age a heart attack is generally unlikely especially if you have another explanation for your symptoms (pinched nerve) but either way you should see your doctor to sort it out and maybe a neurologist if it turns out to be nerve pain. ...Read more

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Can spasm & nerve problems cause a stroke or heart attack?

Can spasm & nerve problems cause a stroke or heart attack?

Coronary: Coronary arteries can spasm and if duration long enough damage can be done.
If identified during work up there is treatment .
Most heart attacks are atherosclerotic and thrombotic.
Migraines and headaches can relate to spasm, but brain damage from those is unusual. ...Read more

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Does heart attack pain come & go every 5-10 minutes or so? It started last night & i woke up & it's still there off and on. kind of like a pinch pain.

Does heart attack pain come & go every 5-10 minutes or so? It started last night & i woke up & it's still there off and on. kind of like a pinch pain.

Review Foods/Drinks: 27 y/o female asks Does heart attack pain come and go every 5-10 minutes or so? It started last night & I woke up & it's still there off and on. kind of like a pinch pain. 1st at age 27y/o with no other major Medical problem; Heart Attack not likely. if one slept through the pain, not H/A. Sounds more like a Digestive issue. One should review the Foods/Drinks one had prior to symptoms. See PCP... ...Read more

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Heart attack-like symptoms caused by an auto pneumatic/neurotic nerve?

Heart attack-like symptoms caused by an auto pneumatic/neurotic nerve?

Be Specific: There is no one list of what one means by using the words "heart-attack like symptoms". Please be more specific. ...Read more

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28 yr thin girl. Has pots, anxiety, ehlers danlos hypermobility, gerd. Good echo, ekg. Heart attack chances? Nerve pain l arm, chest pain(maybe gerd)

Before addressing...: Risk of heart attack best discussed directly with your physician. Your physician not only has your history but can examine you carefully. Also it is important to share with your doctor any family history of similar issue including heart attack, early death. ...Read more

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Who is at risk of a heart attack ?

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?

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

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Can a person survive a massage heart attack?

Can a person survive a massage heart  attack?

Possible: You mean massive heart attack. It means relatively more loss of heart muscle. If they are lucky , they may survive, but will need tremendous change of life style, diet , medications, activity level. Each person is different and may be a bypass surgery. ...Read more

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How can someone recover from a heart attack?

Time and work: Carefully and with cardiac rehab can help
physical emotional gradual return to maximum life is possible! ...Read more

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How does recovery happen after a heart attack?

How does recovery happen after a heart attack?

Recovery: read this:

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/PreventionTreatmentofHeartAttack/Heart-Attack-Recovery-FAQS_UCM_303936_Article.jsp

Get a more detailed answer ›
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Known symptoms for women to have a heart attack ?

Known symptoms for women to have a heart attack ?

Several different: Heart attack patients typical present with chest pressure, chest pain, neck or arm pain. In my female patients they can sometimes present with shortness of breath or fatigue. If you have concerning symptoms see your health care provider.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What four things do you feel before heart attack?

What four things do you feel before heart attack?

Classic 4 or more: Usual sub-sternal crushing severe durable sustained, anxiety producing, with clammy skin, pallor and radiation to left upper arm with a squeeze.
Much variability! ...Read more

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Does heart always race when having a heart attack?

Does heart always race when having a heart attack?

Heart attack: The heart may stop (asystole) or fibrillate ( ventricular fibrillation) with a heart attack, they are serious heart rhythm problems ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of heart attack in young men?

What are the symptoms of heart attack in young men?

The same: Anything between the belly button-mouth, front or back, including neck, shoulders, and arms + belching, "indigestion", sweating, ache/pressure including et cetera can be heart disease in the young or older patient. In diabetics and hypertensive heart symptoms can be "the flu", unusual fatigue, or nothing! ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...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