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How Long Chest Pain Before Heart Attack
Depends.......: You will always do that to some degree, but it will lessen over time. The first year is the toughest. Remember that the one good thing about having a heart attack is that you know what one feels like. So, if you have pain similar to the heart pain you had with your heart attack, that is much more concerning than other 'pains.' the key is: if it scares you, go get checked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Varies: It is common to have a certain amount of anxiety after a heart attack. Discussing this with your doctor, including how cardiac chest pain is different from other kinds of chest pain may help. Some patients also need therapy for anxiety or depression directly and some will improve with cardiac rehab. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: There are many organs and structures that live in the heart's neighborhood! Any of these can cause chest pain. These include esophageal and stomach problems (like reflux) and lung problems. Any problems of the chest wall muscles or nerves (like a case of shingles) can cause chest pain. Even the joints along the sternum can become inflamed and cause chest pain, a problem known as costrochondritis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always: Chest pain is a classic symptom of a heart attack, particularly mid-sternal, crushing or pressure-type pain radiating to the neck, jaw or arm. But other symptoms are common, including: nausea, diaphoresis (heavy, cold sweats), shortness of breath, dizziness, even abdominal pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Most importantly, call 911 to make sure that you will be treated properly in a hospital setting. While you are waiting, two things may help - a sublingual nitroglycerin, or taking a deep breath and holding it, that redistributes blood flow to the coronaries. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Variable: You can't be sure. If you are someone who is unhealthy, overweight and smokes. You have a good chance. In general the pain comes on exertion and goes away after rest. It can radiate in any direction in upper part of the body. It can associated with profuse sweating due to sympathetic hyperactivity. If you are healthy and have no family history you don't have to worry about all aches and pains. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Number of reasons: Mortality from heart attacks is related to age. Women develop heart disease, on average, 10 years later than men. Women are more likely to present with atypical symptoms that are not recognized either by the patient or the physician. This can result in a delayed diagnosis or missed diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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