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How to tell if I am having a heart attack?

How to tell if I am having a heart attack?

Classic symptoms: You will recognize it only if you have the classic symptoms of chest heaviness like an elephant on chest, cold sweats, shortness of breath, radiating pain to jaw or left arm. There are so many variations from severe symptoms to none and only the classic ones are easy to recognize, fortunately is more common. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is 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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How to determine if I am having a heart attack or it's just "angina" ?

How to determine if I am having a heart attack or it's just "angina" ?

Classically: Angina pectoris =substernal pressure, pain with radiation to the neck or left or right arm and shoulder. Some will have abdominal pain-and be confused with gallbladder or stomach symptoms. Ladies seem to have less classic// or tolerate pain better than men. Relief with Nitroglycerin is very suggestive. A feeling of impending doom, pallor, sweating suggest a bad day! ...Read more

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What could be causing my back to hurt so bad I throw up and it sometimes feels like I am having a heart attack?

What could be causing my back to hurt so bad I throw up and it sometimes feels like I am having a heart attack?

Severe back pain: If you have not seen an md for this condition, you should do so immediately. It could me a heart attack - or gall bladder, pancreatitis, compression fracture of your back - all serious conditions. They are treatable, but until you know for sure what it is that is causing the pain assume the worst. Get to your doctor's office or an er now. ...Read more

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Why is it that i feel as if i am having a heart attack every time i try and fall asleep, i am awoken by a jolt my heart is racing my left arm is numb?

Why is it that i feel as if i am having a heart attack every time i try and fall asleep, i am awoken by a jolt my heart is racing my left arm is numb?

Heart attack: Heart attack is rare at your age, but if you feel that your heart is racing, you need to an evaluation by a physician and also you should have a Holter monitor (that you wear for 48 hrs) to see what type of heart rhythm problems you are having ...Read more

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I am displaying classic signs of a heart attack such as fatigue, dizzness, discomfort in both arms, nausea, jaw pain as well as back and stomach pain. I am not sure if it is idiotic to be unsure if this actually means I am having a heart attack. I had fou

I am displaying classic signs of a heart attack such as fatigue, dizzness, discomfort in both arms, nausea, jaw pain as well as back and stomach pain. I am not sure if it is idiotic to be unsure if this actually means I am having a heart attack. I had fou

By : By the date of this post, almost a week has passed. If you have not seen a doctor already it is wise to do so. The symptoms you described can indicate angina, or myocardial infarction (mi, also known as heart attack). Also, your symptoms could have merely been due to an adverse effect of taking four 5 hour energy drinks. This high amount of caffeine can often mimic the signs of a mi. I recommend you cut down on these drinks so as to avoid any unwanted side effects. Regardless you will need a work up, which will include an ekg (test that checks the electrical activity of your heart), this test can give an indication if there is concern for an mi or risk of one. After a detailed history, exam, and testing, your doctor will be able to give you a likely diagnosis and treatment plan. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could I be having a heart attack?

Could I be having a heart attack?

More info needed: You do not specify if your dizziness, numbness and palpitations are new. If these symptoms came on suddenly and/ or you have chest pain, go to the hospital emergency room. ...Read more

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Am i at risk of having a heart attack?

Am i at risk of having a heart attack?

Cardiac risk : that is difficult to answer without more information about your medical and genetic history ...Read more

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What to do if i'm having a heart attack?

What to do if i'm having a heart attack?

Call 911 immediately: If you think you are having a heart attack, time is of the essence. See medical attention right away. ...Read more

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How do I know if i'm having a heart attack?

How do I know if i'm having a heart attack?

2aspects to consider: Classic sx included chest pain, radiation to jaw, shoulder, sweats, short of breath. Important to note some, esp women & diabetics (that's a lot of people) don't always have classic sx. It's esp important to consider context too. What risk factors are present: overweight, lack of exercise, poor diet, tob use, high bp, diabetes, cholesterol & related biomarkers, & other inflammatory conditions. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more