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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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Heart attack, gerd, or h pylori?

Heart attack, gerd, or h pylori?

Sort it out...: It is important to see your doctor to sort this out. In addition to a thorough history and physical you may need an ekg, a stress test and perhaps an endoscopy and blood test for h. Pylori antibody. ...Read more

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My husband has been taking ppi's daily for the last 10+years for severe gerd.I am concerned about long term use. Can it increase risk of heart attack?

My husband has been taking ppi's daily for the last 10+years for severe gerd.I am concerned about long term use. Can it increase risk of heart attack?

Not clear: A recent study suggested a possible relationship (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26061035) but this risk was estimated about 1.16 times. More data is needed to establish a true cause-effect relationship. However, I advise my patients who have a strong family history or personal history of heart disease or risk factors for heart disease to look at alternatives including diet/lifestyle changes. ...Read more

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How come GERD and gas feels like a heart attack sometimes? I know it's most likely not one since I'm 22, But it's SO scary. Hard to distinguish..

How come GERD and gas feels like a heart attack sometimes? I know it's most likely not one since I'm 22, But it's SO scary. Hard to distinguish..

Way the body works.: It's related to the location of the pains, in the chest, and how your brain interprets the sensation sent to it by the esophagus. But you're right - reflux and esophageal spasm can easily feel like a heart attack. ...Read more

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Can GERD manifest as a heart attack? Also can reflux happen without feeling the burning sensation in the chest?

Can GERD manifest as a heart attack? Also can reflux happen without feeling the burning sensation in the chest?

GERD: Yes, many GERD symptoms mimic symptoms associated w/ angina/heart attack; resulting in countless ED visits annually. Symptoms other than 'burning' including discomfort in mid-back, left shoulder blade, nausea, dizziness, sweating; are common. ...Read more

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What else causes BOTH chest pain and left arm pain other than heart attack, costochonditis, and GERD? All of these have been ruled out for me.

What else causes BOTH chest pain and left arm pain other than heart attack, costochonditis, and GERD? All of these have been ruled out for me.

There are many: potential causes for these symptoms other than the ailments you have mentioned. At your age most would be musical skeletal in etiology. Some would be neurological, pulmonary or systemic. Make an appointment to be seen by an Internist at a University near you (U of C, Loyola, Indiana U) for evaluation. ...Read more

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EKG and stress test clear, no GERD, but left arm and chest near heart mild discomfort. Worried if i will have a heart attack. 33 male no fam. History.

EKG and stress test clear, no GERD, but left arm and chest near heart mild discomfort. Worried if i will have a heart attack. 33 male no fam. History.

Data: At 33y/o with no ecg abnormality and a negative stress test, you probably are ok for the near term. There isn't enough information in your note to judge long term risk however. Mediterranean diet, not smoking, regular exercise and management of any risk factors you may have are prudent steps going into your future ...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


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more