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Doctor insights on: How Safe Are Cortisone Shots After A Heart Attack

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How safe are cortisone shots after a heart attack?

How safe are cortisone shots after a heart attack?

Yes, but depends: Local cortisone injections for joint inflammation/pain can be safely given to most heart atttack patients after a few weeks in most cases. Often the cortison is mixed with a local anesthetic to immediately relieve the pain and care must be taken to not use an anesthetic with epinephrine, which can stimulate the heart.The usual care must be taken to prevent bloodstream injection when given. ...Read more

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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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My pulse was at 77 and it shot up to 150 after a cigarette and it wasn't coming down is that normal? I thought i was heart attack bound

My pulse was at 77 and it shot up to 150 after a cigarette and it wasn't coming down is that normal? I thought i was heart attack bound

Nicotine stimulation: Cigarette smoking is a stress on heart and lungs which are acting as a circulation and oxygenation unit for the body. Nerves are stimulated by the chemicals inhaled and oxygen is deprived with smoke and such response is a heralding sign of early cardiac dysfunction. Please get a stress test for your heart. ...Read more

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Hypothetically; If I were to have a heart attack would it be safe for me to take Aspirin and to keep it on me at all times?

Hypothetically; If I were to have a heart attack would it be safe for me to take Aspirin and to keep it on me at all times?

Depends: If you already had a heart attack, chronic Aspirin therapy is recommended as the risks of bleeding outweigh the risk of having another heart attack. For primary prevention (to prevent the very first heart attack) it is only recommended for patients at high risk of having a heart attack but not everyone, as it does increase the odds of bleeding. ...Read more

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I'm 46 and had a heart attack what exercise are safe?

I'm 46 and had a heart attack what exercise are safe?

Very hard to say: Very hard to say. Depends on the details of what type of heart attack, how it was treated, and whether you have continued symptoms. You should really meet with your cardiologist to discuss this. ...Read more

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Went to er for heart attack symptoms. Did a troponin t test. It was normal. They didn't do a series of troponin tests. Safe to say I didn't have a mi?

Went to er for heart attack symptoms. Did a troponin t test. It was normal. They didn't do a series of troponin tests. Safe to say I didn't have a mi?

MI: ER evaluation of 'MI' symptoms includes clinical history, exam and appropriate lab tests. If there was low probability of MI given the situation, multiple troponins would not necessarily be needed ...Read more

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I am 26 years old and weigh 320 lbs. I want to be healthy. I take 1600 calories a day and i would like to excercise but I am very scared of heart attack. Is excercising safe for me? Should I do moderate walking?

I am 26 years old and weigh 320 lbs. I want to be healthy. I take 1600 calories a day and i would like to excercise but I am very scared of heart attack. Is excercising safe for me? Should I do moderate walking?

I always : Recommend a complete history and physical to any person who want to start an exercise program specially if any risk of heart disease is present. You may benefit of a bariatric clinic approach were a nutritionist, psychologist, physician, exercise trainer and physical therapist will work with you. 6 smaller meals a day keeping a good glycemic index control will increase your metabolism. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it true that by taking flu shots you can reduce the risk of heart attack?

Is it true that by taking flu shots you can reduce the risk of heart attack?

Doubt it: Does reduce risk of flu, which has a significant mortality usually from lung complications or sepsis. A few may die of heart secondary to lungs if they had pre-existing heart disease. ...Read more

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Is is safe for everybody in the country to take a baby aspirin daily to help prevent a heart attack?

Is is safe for everybody in the country to take a baby aspirin daily to help prevent a heart attack?

NO: Routine use of any medication to the population at large can create newer problems that we are not anticipating before. Low dose Aspirin can prevent platelet aggregation and decrease the incidence of coronary thrombosis in high risk patients.People with diabetes mellitus, obesity , family history of heart disease or previous myocardial infarction are the prime people to benefit from Aspirin therapy. ...Read more

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History of hypertension, pre-diabetes, anxiety disorder on SSRI, heart attack. Is Nyquil safe?

History of hypertension, pre-diabetes, anxiety disorder on SSRI, heart attack. Is Nyquil safe?

Many issues: Forget about pre-diabetes, at least for now. If you haven't seen a psychologist you should ask for a referral. If you already have a psychologist ask your friends if they might know someone else. You should be seeing your cardiologist regularly. ...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