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Dr. Brian Mott
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How long could you have chest pressure before a heart attack?

How long could you have chest pressure before a heart attack?

Don't wait too long: Time is muscle! that means the longer you wait with chest pain the more heart muscle could die. If you have typical chest pain or pressure radiating to your jaw or neck that does not go away with rest you may be having a heart attack. Nausea, sweating, and crushing chest pain are the common symptoms. 5 minutes of chest pain is plenty to start worrying about. ...Read more

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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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Hi, I have been experiencing some chest pressure (no pain) for the past two weeks. I'm 23, could this really be a sign of a heart attack?

Hi, I have been experiencing some chest pressure (no pain) for the past two weeks. I'm 23, could this really be a sign of a heart attack?

Probably not heart: Given your age and conditions, this could be gastroesophageal reflux disease. Usually symptoms worsens when lying down, particularly after a large late night meal. Risk factors for men in particular are obesity, tobacco use and alcohol consumption, NSAID use as well as dietary factors such as the intake of caffeinated beverages. Try antacids, changing eating habits, stopping ibuprofen, weight loss ...Read more

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Chest pressure ...heart attack? I had anxiety before but now is different coz pressure all day im 22 no pain just pressure what do u suggest please?

Chest pressure ...heart attack? I had anxiety before but now is different coz pressure all day im 22 no pain just pressure what do u suggest please?

Evaluation: It is very unlikely that you're having a heart attack, but it's worth an exam to rule it out. Just be sure you are convinced so that you can drop that worry. If it is anxiety, please consider a CBT therapist to learn skills to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety. If meds are needed, they'll refer you for them. I hope it goes well. ...Read more

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Could I have had a silent heart attack ? A few weeks ago i experienced severe pain in back, chest pressure/pain , lightheaded and dizzy with nausea.

Not by what you say: A silent heart attack is one that has no symptoms, so whatever it was you experienced, it was not silent. Was it a heart attack? I'm not able to say for sure, but i tend to doubt it. An ekg might help answer the question. You are taking medications for blood pressure, so it would be wise for you to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have gerd. Pain medicines sometimes make my symptoms worse. Today i took two vicodin and 1 tab q, 6 hours apart. I've been having some on and off left side chest pressure/stabbing under my breast. Could it be heart attack or gerd?

I have gerd. Pain medicines sometimes make my symptoms worse. Today i took two vicodin and 1 tab q, 6 hours apart. I've been having some on and off left side chest pressure/stabbing under my breast. Could it be heart attack or gerd?

Likely GERD: At your age this is likely gerd. Depending on the cause, narcotics can exacerbate gerd, especially if you have poor gastric emptying. If you have persistent symptoms despite diet changes, then see your doctor to get and ekg at the least. ...Read more

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Is chest pressure due to heart attack likely to cause belching?

Is chest pressure due to heart attack likely to cause belching?

It can: Nausea vomiting and belching are frequently associated with heart attacks which can lead to delays on patients seeking treatment. ...Read more

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I recently had a mild heart attack, which had a heavy pressure then pain in my chest. I have copd, now having crushing center chest pressure. Help?

I recently had a mild heart attack, which had a heavy pressure then pain in my chest.  I have copd, now having crushing center chest pressure. Help?

Time to call 911: A person with "crushing center chest pressure" should see the doctor right away. The wisest thing to do is call 911. The paramedics have oxygen, medications, and can do an ekg. The E.R. Doctor can evaluate for a possible heart attack. Even if it is not a heart attack, the E.R. Usually can provide diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Would heart attack symptoms get worse? How fast? Chest pressure, tried to sleep woke up in sweat. Been anxious lots so can't tell...normal vital signs

Would heart attack symptoms get worse? How fast? Chest pressure, tried to sleep woke up in sweat. Been anxious lots so can't tell...normal vital signs

Anxiety: Anxiety is a very common cause for chest pains. It is thought that the chest muscles tighten to cause it. For some people it may cause actual myocardial ischemic pain but this is very uncommon in young folks. You may need to look into this anxiety diagnosis more ...Read more

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I have squeezing chest pressure and bleching. Heart attack? I have no left arm pain but keep belching and I am bloated.

I have squeezing chest pressure and bleching. Heart attack? I have no left arm pain but keep belching and I am bloated.

Chest pressure: If you are an 18 year old female, this decreases risk for a heart attack. However, squeezing chest pressure and belching can be symptoms for a heart attack or for angina. It you were an older man, i would likely recommend that you call 911. Please seek medical care if you your pain is not resolving or right away if you have any trouble breathing. ...Read more

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