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Could you have a normal pulse rate during a heart attack?

Could you have a normal pulse rate during a heart attack?

Yes: Pulse and blood pressure can be normal or also abnormal, that' s why we need additional testing to discern. ...Read more

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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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My pulse was at 77 and it shot up to 150 after a cigarette and it wasn't coming down is that normal? I thought i was heart attack bound

My pulse was at 77 and it shot up to 150 after a cigarette and it wasn't coming down is that normal? I thought i was heart attack bound

Nicotine stimulation: Cigarette smoking is a stress on heart and lungs which are acting as a circulation and oxygenation unit for the body. Nerves are stimulated by the chemicals inhaled and oxygen is deprived with smoke and such response is a heralding sign of early cardiac dysfunction. Please get a stress test for your heart. ...Read more

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When I sleep at night I feel my heart is pumping very fast but my pulse is 85 bpm. I feel like I am going to have an heart attack but don't have pain.

When I sleep at night I feel my heart is pumping very fast but my pulse is 85 bpm. I feel like I am going to have an heart attack but don't have pain.

Palpitations : Sensation of your heart beat is not uncommon when we sleep and our heart is in closer proximity to our chest . Don't believe your are having a heart attack but consult a physician ...Read more

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If someone's having a heart attack. Wouldn't their blood pressure and pulse be low or they would have another prominent symptom right?

If someone's having a heart attack. Wouldn't their blood pressure and pulse be low or they would have another prominent symptom right?

Variable: During a heart attack, BP can be normal, high or low. Low, if due to injury, is a poor prognostic sign. Hr can be low (often occurs when the inferior wall is involved), normal or high. High is a bad prognostic sign. ...Read more

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If someone is having a heart attack. Would the pulse oximeter show an oxygen sat level below normal range?

If someone is having a heart attack. Would the pulse oximeter show an oxygen sat level below normal range?

Not necessarily: If the heart attack is huge, the heart will not pump effectively and blood will not circulate normally, causing a low oxygen saturation. More commonly, the heart attack will be smaller and the heart will continue to pump effectively enough to get blood to the lungs and then to the body, keeping the oxygen saturation normal. ...Read more

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If i'm otherwise healthy and BP usually normal at rest, but pulse and BP get very high during anxiety or stress can it cause stroke or heart attack?

If i'm otherwise healthy and BP usually normal at rest, but pulse and BP get very high during anxiety or stress can it cause stroke or heart attack?

Good reason for Tx: In an otherwise healthy guy w/out BP problems i think it would be unlikely to result in stroke or heart attack, but not guaranteed, so.... Why not talk to a therapist to discover ways to deal w/ or avoid stress? It can really help. But find one you like and trust. I'd think it may be more helpful than pills in mild or moderate conditions. Meditation is also great to reduce stress. Best! ...Read more

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My resting pulse is always around 95-110 beats per minute. 90+ is very dangerous correct? Does this mean stroke/heart attack for my future? BP 130/85

My resting pulse is always around 95-110 beats per minute. 90+ is very dangerous correct? Does this mean stroke/heart attack for my future? BP 130/85

Not dangerous!: There is great variability in what is considered a "normal heart rate." Some very normal individuals run a heart rate of 90-110. Exercise, adequate sleep at night, avoiding stimulants such as caffeine all tend to lower the heart rate. ...Read more

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Is it worse to have a heart attack that you are unawear of and does this mean there will be more to come in the same way unawear 11/2 weeks ago i go a free blood panel and EKG done I am a 48 yr old female-weight 213.6 lbs.-height 63"- b/p 142/80- pulse 8

Is it worse to have a heart attack that you are unawear of and does this mean there will be more to come in the same way unawear 11/2 weeks ago i go a free blood panel and EKG done  I am a 48 yr old female-weight 213.6 lbs.-height 63"- b/p 142/80- pulse 8

Hello. : Hello. Well, first off; although 25% of heart attacks can be "silent", yours was not. You had classic heart attack symptoms. If this ever happens again, it is absolutely imperative that you call 911. It sounds like you made it through this heart attack, but that doesn't mean that you will survive or not be crippled by a subsequent heart attack. There are free or sliding scales clinics through out the us. I suggest you research the clinics in your area. In the meantime, if you are a smoker - suggest that you quit. There is no simple way around the matter, you needs to obtain medical follow up. Take care. ...Read more

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What are the chances of survival after a massive heart attack followed by angioplasty that causes a cardiac arrest? Now ef 52%, BP 100/70 and pulse 68

What are the chances of survival after a massive heart attack followed by angioplasty that causes a cardiac arrest? Now ef 52%, BP 100/70 and pulse 68

Yes: There are a lot of variables that determine prognosis like; time from when the heart attack started to when the angioplasty was done the ef -52% is good excercise capacity symptom status it would be important to be on a medical regimen to prevent a recurrence and then to try and go to cardiac rehab. ...Read more

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Can a heart attack feel like sharp shooting muscular pain rather than inner chest pain. Like maybe I've slept folded up? Pulse is strong and steady.

Can a heart attack feel like sharp shooting muscular pain rather than inner chest pain. Like maybe I've slept folded up? Pulse is strong and steady.

Chest pain: There are many things that can cause chest pain. Sharp shooting pain as you stated is usually musculoskeletal in nature, either from muscles or ribs. Angina or chest pain is usually a pressure or heaviness that comes and goes. Other issues such as pneumonia or pleurisy can cause sharp chest pain also, but have different symptoms associate with them. ...Read more

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Since I was put on Prednisone 3 days ago I have bouts of my whole body pulsing my head feels like it explode i am scared I will have a heart attack ?

Since I was put on Prednisone  3 days ago I have bouts of my whole body pulsing  my head feels like it explode i am scared I will have a heart attack ?

Prednisone: Prednisone can certainly have the side effects you describe. It will not cause you to have a heart attack. It makes some people feel very nervous, like they can't sit still or they are shaking inside yet when they look at their hands they are not shaking. I would talk to the physician who gave you this medicine to make sure you need it, but do not stop it on your own. ...Read more

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Taking Xanax (alprazolam) 4 emergency panics. B/p & pulse go pretty high, when having worrisome thoughts. Am i at risk for stroke/heart attack? Shud i see dr. 4 blood pressure? Seems when i'm calm it's normal b/p.

Taking Xanax (alprazolam) 4 emergency panics. B/p & pulse go pretty high, when having worrisome thoughts. Am i at risk for stroke/heart attack? Shud i see dr. 4 blood pressure? Seems when i'm calm it's normal b/p.

Yes: Sympathetic nervous system activation and the hpa axis are consistent with panic, as well as elevated blood pressure, reduced digestion, tingling on the skin surface, changes in pupils, etc., which pass after the panic. It still is a good idea to see your doctor about this and consider individual therapy rather than just using xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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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