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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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How long can symptoms of a heart attack last?

How long can symptoms of a heart attack last?

Until cured: Chest pain more than 20 minutes can represent a heart attack. As long as the pain continues, ongoing or worsening heart damage occurs. With treatment it should be possible to eliminate the pain within less than an hour, and prevent damage or stop any further damage. ...Read more

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How long can a heart attack last before it kills?

How long can a heart attack last before it kills?

Depends: Depends upon extent and location of the attack. Heart attack occurs when blood supply is inadequate for the metabolic needs of the heart. When this occurs for a prolonged period pieces of the heart die. If this piece is very large ( like occlusion of the main vessel) or is located in a critical area ( such as the electrical centers) - game over! ...Read more

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How long could impending doom symptom last before heart attack?

How long could impending doom symptom last before heart attack?

Briefly: It is in evolution when that symptom comes along. Pallor, pain, diaphoresis, feel really bad! ...Read more

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What are the sure symptoms of heart attack? How long does it last for??????

What are the sure symptoms of heart attack? How long does it last for??????

Heart attack: Typically some form of chest discomfort often accompanied by breathlessness,sweat,nausea,palpitations,a sense of impending doom ,anxiety,with radiation of discomfort to various areas in the SVC distribution;BUT some or all of these may or may not be present in the majority of presentations. A large minority up to 20=40% present with very atypical symptoms inc. painless ...Read more

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I have shooting pains through my arm and leg and some tingling. They don't last long. Could this be a sign of heart attack?

I have shooting pains through my arm and leg and some tingling. They don't last long. Could this be a sign of heart attack?

Doubtful: Those are not classic symptoms at 20yo for a heart attack, but get checked out by a dr. To get a full clinical evaluation to diagnose what is the problem, so you can get the proper treatment, best wishes. ...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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Since last week, sometimes my right leg and foot are lightly numb. The numbness doesn't last long. Is this related to the heart? Is it a heart attack?

Since last week, sometimes my right leg and foot are lightly numb. The numbness doesn't last long. Is this related to the heart? Is it a heart attack?

No to the heart: This is not related to the heart... you do not have a heart attack.... at the present time these short episodes of numbness do not last long and you do not have any other symptoms ... it may may be secondary to temporary decrease in blood flow due to abnormal posturing... if the episodes recur and last several days at the time... t hen, you may ask your doctor. Thanks ...Read more

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How long should you get heart attack symptoms for?

How long should you get heart attack symptoms for?

Variable: Angina pectoris =substernal pressure, pain with radiation to the neck or left or right arm and shoulder and may be chronic. 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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How long after a heart attack can sex be performed?

How long after a heart attack can sex be performed?

Ask cardiologist.: Ask your cardiologist when it is safe for you to resume all your normal activities: lifting heavy objects, driving, and sex - it feels funny asking, but it's an important question your doctor has answered many times. There is no answer that is right for everyone because all heart attacks and all people are unique. Ask soon, and good luck. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a heart attack?

How long does it take to recover from a heart attack?

Depends: Recovery depends on the size extent, location, type of heart attack and the treatments given at the time. Most people need 1 month of some type of rest and recovery then cardiac rehab for several weeks to months. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a heart attack take effect ?

Quickly: There can be staggering chest pain, angina, until blockage progresses or forms acutely causing the heart attack-damage to heart muscle. Angina unstable angina acute myocardial infarction- heart attack is a continuum of threat to heart. ...Read more

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For what length of time can heart attack symptoms last?

For what length of time can heart attack symptoms last?

Seconds to hours: Usually pretty quick to declare although some are staggering, stuttering in occurrence. ...Read more

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How will having heart attack affect my long-term health?

How will having heart attack affect my long-term health?

Feel encouraged!: Depends on the size of your heart attack, how fast you received treatment and how compliant you are with medications and following a healthy life style. Feel encouraged, you can do things to positively improve your health. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Can heart attack symptoms last for few days before it is known?

Can heart attack symptoms last for few days before it is known?

How it is: Please stop pre-judging the symptoms and diagnosing them and tell us specifically what you are feeling and experiencing. Let the medical experts give valid answers about your specific experience. Do not pre-diagnose yourself. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a heart attack last before it kills you?

For what length of time can a heart attack last before it kills you?

It may not!: Some damage is not lethal at all! depends on atherosclerosis, degree of obstruction, part of heart involved, and one's other life risk factors. Smoking obesity prior damage poor conditioning sedentary. ...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