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Symptoms of heart attack in women?

Symptoms of heart attack in women?

Same as in men: Same as in men, but maybe more subtle ... Chest pain, possible arm or neck pain, nausea, sweating, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, fatigue, restlessness, anxiety, etc. ...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


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Why are heart attacks in women misdiagnosed?

Why are heart attacks in women misdiagnosed?

Not sure: Women tend to present with atypical symptoms, present later, and have chest pains with normal coronaries. ? If its a hormonally related issu or that women have smaller vessels. Women tend to have more vasospasm as well. Broken heart syndrome also occurs much more often in women.They tend to have more rheumatologic issues that involve the heart. Clearly heart disease in women is not same as men. ...Read more

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Are death rates different for heart attacks and strokes?

Are death rates different for heart attacks and strokes?

Yes: According to the center for disease control the 2010 death rate stroke was 129, 000 and for heart attack, approx 500, 000. For an individual, the specifics are critical as stroke and myocardial infarction both come in many different flavors. ...Read more

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What are heart attack symptoms in women?

What are heart attack symptoms in women?

Similar: Anterior crushing pressure with arm extension- radiation. Angina= neck pain or "feeling" impending doom! anxiety shortness of breath diaphoresis ='sweaty clammy nothing- ladies dismiss any symptoms. ...Read more

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Can high testosterone in women cause anxiety and panic attacks?

Can high testosterone in women cause anxiety and panic attacks?

Unlikely: High testosterone in women, such as obesity and pcos, is not good, and can cause some anxiety, but panic would be highly unusual. It could be seen in a woman who makes the mistake of taking exogenous testosterone. ...Read more

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How can children suffer heart attacks and similar coronary diseases?

How can children suffer heart attacks and similar coronary diseases?

They don't: The only condition where a kid would develop coronary artery disease like an older adult is progeria. This rare premature aging syndrome does have all the features of advanced age as adults & CAD is a common cause for their death in their teens. Kids can have other heart issues, but the origin and outcome are drastically different. ...Read more

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Can anxiety attacks that cause pounding heart and palpitations cause damage to the heart and lead to heart failure since they are intense?

Can anxiety attacks that cause pounding heart and palpitations cause damage to the heart and lead to heart failure since they are intense?

Not immediately: Also, mot in the near future, but it does take a toll on your entire body including cardiovascular health. It's a good reason to find a good CBT therapist and learn how to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety. So, don't add another cause for anxiety - instead start to correct the problem. Life will be better overall. ...Read more

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Can you have heart attack with normal blood pressure, heart rate, chol and no heart diesae?

Can you have heart attack with normal blood pressure, heart rate, chol and no heart diesae?

Yes, while it's : Great that you don't have the probs u mention, there is more to heart dz than just that. Healthy eating & wt., regular exercise are important even if your bp, choles, etc are normal. More advance testing for other risk factors beyond the standard lipid panel & fasting sugar level is available in some places, & we're still learning about other risk factors. Good u r being prevention-minded! ...Read more

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How can I avoid panic attacks and heart fluttering?

How can I avoid panic attacks and heart fluttering?

Facing them: The two treatments for panic disorder are medication & cbt. Cbt involves exposure to the fear and not responding once the anxiety occurs. It involves facing fears head on. If you fall off a horse, you get back on. One needs to allow the anxiety to wash over them, cuz it will set you free. This is known as systematic desensitization. Or, you may need a medication. I would choose a nonaddictive one. ...Read more

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Can you get shock during panic attack anxiety attack anixety racing heart high blood pressure ?

Unlikely: Panic attacks will not cause going into shock by themselves. They cause most people to go to ERs. Where a. Adria. Work up usuLly shows no problem. Learn relaxation exercises, meditation and similar tech iques ...Read more

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Does heart failure always happen after a heart attack? What are the symptoms of heart failure and does heart attacks always lead to heart failure?

Does heart failure always happen after a heart attack? What are the symptoms of heart failure and does heart attacks always lead to heart failure?

Heart : Heart failure can cause shortness of breath, which may worsen with activity or when lying down or sleeping. Heart failure can also cause chest pain, fatigue, exercise intolerance, swelling of the legs, abdominal fullness, loss of appetite, weight gain, or heart palpitations. The symptoms are related to water retention and decreased ability for the heart to maintain adequate blood flow to the body's vital organs. Heart attacks are the most common cause of heart failure, but they do not always lead to heart failure. In the modern era, there are several ways to treat heart attacks which minimize the risk of developing heart failure later. If you have had a heart attack, it is crucial to improve your risk factors to help prevent more heart attacks or the development of heart failure. This means eating healthy, exercising, not smoking tobacco, and controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol. ...Read more

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Having some heart palpitations with drowsiness, low BP and general feeling of constant tiredness. Heart attack or stroke?

Having some heart palpitations with drowsiness, low BP and general feeling of constant tiredness. Heart attack or stroke?

Not yet: Would get to your primary doc and have this fully assessed, especially the fatigue and drowsiness, as possible sleep disorder may be the root cause. Yet, other problems such as thyroid disease or anemias may well be a problem also. ...Read more

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Are people with dementia more susceptible to heart attacks, strokes and pulmonary embolism?

Are people with dementia more susceptible to heart attacks, strokes and pulmonary embolism?

Not necessarily: Alzheimer's dementia may overlap with vascular dementia, and the eventual symptoms can be somewhat similar. Many alzheimer's patients will have existing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease -- and in these, heart attacks and strokes will be more common. Brain has blood vessels too! pulmonary embolism can happen if the person becomes more sedentary, and increasing the risk of blood clots. ...Read more

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What causes chest pain and rapid heart rate during a panic attack?

What causes chest pain and rapid heart rate during a panic attack?

Panic: You are flooded with adrenaline, which would normally occur in fight or flight stress responses, when you are faced with life or death emergencies. This activates nerves supplying muscles in heart and elsewhere. If the heart muscles blood supply is compromised, pain or even angina can occur. But initially, the lactate from metabolism of glycogen as an energy supply can cause muscle pain. ...Read more

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Signs of heart attack in womenchest discomfort, irregular heart beat, pain in shoulder, weak, tired?

Signs of heart attack in womenchest discomfort, irregular heart beat, pain in shoulder, weak, tired?

Pain/short breating: The most common symptoms of a heart attack in women include pain in the chest, neck or arm and shortness of breath. Many patients do not have such typical presentations. Other common symptoms include sweating and nausea. Irregular heart beat is not a common symptom of a heart attack. Tiredness, weakness or fatigue are common in the general population, but are not usually due to a heart attack. ...Read more

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How come men and women have different symptoms for heart attacks?

How come men and women have different symptoms for heart attacks?

Yes indeed : Women are more likely to have atypical angina symptoms like fatigue, dyspnea and nausea. The different is more with post menopausal, smoker and diabetic women. Multifactorial in cause but one possible explanation is micro vascular dysfunction in coronaries to small to be assess visually. ...Read more

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How can I discriminate if I have panic attack or angina attack? Both include chest discomfort, rapid or irregular heart beat and anxiety.

How can I discriminate if I have panic attack or angina attack? Both include chest discomfort, rapid or irregular heart beat and anxiety.

Cardiac Evaluation: One condition is potentially life threatening, angina, and the other is not. You should be evaluated by a physician to exclude life threatening causes of chest pain with testing such as an EKG, labs, and stress test. ...Read more

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I read that ppl with panic disorder who have frequent panic attacks are at much higher risk for heart disease. Why? Does adrenaline damage the heart?

I read that ppl with panic disorder who have frequent panic attacks are at much higher risk for heart disease. Why? Does adrenaline damage the heart?

Controversial: Hi This is actually a very controversial issue. Although there are some studies that show association, they do not clearly indicate causality. Excessive amounts and prolonged exposure to "adrenaline" or stimulant medications/drugs are known to damage the heart but panic attacks themselves are not known to cause this level of exposure. Hope this helps ...Read more