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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

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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Is it safe to smoke weed after a heart attack?

Is it safe to smoke weed after a heart attack?

???: You got to be kidding!

you are inviting the next heart attack which could potentially kill you. ...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

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What is the safest ssri for health anxiety! Sertraline states heart attack as a side effect and at prolongation how is this safe I need some help?

What is the safest ssri for health anxiety! Sertraline states heart attack as a side effect and at prolongation how is this safe I need some help?

All are ok: Your apprehension may cause problems with you getting the benefit from your ssri. If you take your pill ; then wait for something bad to happen you're likely to get anxious/panic ; think you're having a reaction--they all work ; they all take a couple weeks to start working. Zoloft/sertralinec is as good as any. ...Read more

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Is dextromethorphan safe? I have anxiety disorder, hypertension, pre-diabetic, and history of heart attack.

Is dextromethorphan safe? I have anxiety disorder, hypertension, pre-diabetic, and history of heart attack.

Safe: Yes it is safe and is a very commonly prescribed cough medicine. It is not a decongestant which can cause several potential side affects. ...Read more

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Prescribed metoprolol ER (beta blocker)? Only 12.5 mg daily. Is this safe? Can this cause bradycardia or cardiac arrest/heart attack or anything?

Prescribed metoprolol ER (beta blocker)? Only 12.5 mg daily. Is this safe? Can this cause bradycardia or cardiac arrest/heart attack or anything?

Safe: That is a low dose. It can cause a slowing of the heart rate, which can be dramatic and cause symptoms in some individuals. Arrest is rare. You should have your heart rate and ECG checked initially to make sure you are ok on your current dose. ...Read more

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I have recently quit smoking after 30 years. Am I now safe from lung cancer and heart attack?

I have recently quit smoking after 30 years. Am I now safe from lung cancer and heart attack?

Congratulations!: No one is safe, but you will steadily move from very unsafe (all smokers) to safer with each passing year. There is benefit in lung cancer reduction by quitting even up to 65 years of age. Best never to start. I stupidly smoked and quit @ age 33. Latest data say quit before 35, normal risk of non-smoker. ...Read more

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I have pain & swelling n left side. Had a blood clot heart attack n spleen 2yrs ago. Also feel like shot n shoulder & nausea/dizzines. Worried?

I have pain & swelling n left side. Had a blood clot heart attack n spleen 2yrs ago. Also feel like shot n shoulder & nausea/dizzines. Worried?

Yes: This could be anything from repeat heart attack, blood clot etc to pleurisy, muscle sprain, viral illness or who knows what. Get yourself checked! ...Read more

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I take Advil (ibuprofen) for period cramps, but have read reports of OTC NSAIDS raising risk of heart attack/stroke even in small doses. Any safer options?

I take Advil (ibuprofen) for period cramps, but have read reports of OTC NSAIDS raising risk of heart attack/stroke even in small doses. Any safer options?

Many options: You could schedule a visit with an Obgyn and discuss all the options for painful periods. You could consider birth control pills, patch, Nuvaring, Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD, Depoprovera, Lysteda. If you are doing having children you could consider an endometrial ablation or other surgical options. ...Read more

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Can left arm muscle pain be sign of heart attack? Woke up feeling like when you get arm soreness from flu shot, but been two weeks since flu shot

Can left arm muscle pain be sign of heart attack? Woke up feeling like when you get arm soreness from flu shot, but been two weeks since flu shot

Hard to say.: Did you sleep on your arm? . Could be musculoskeletal pain, can not exclude heart. Does it get worse with activity. Anything makes it better or worse? . What other risk factors you have. Depends on full history and exam. Please see an md. ...Read more

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Is it safe and beneficial to give a heart attack victim nitrostat (nitroglycerin) before doing cpr?

Is it safe and beneficial to give a heart attack victim nitrostat (nitroglycerin) before doing cpr?

Heart attack: If someone needs CPR nitro is not given. CPR is usually given to someone who is experiencing cardiac or cardio-pulmonary arrest. ...Read more

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I've had a heart attack and have CHF. I take Effient for a blood thinner. Is it safe to take Ibuprofen for my arthritis along with my heart meds?

I've had a heart attack and have CHF. I take Effient for a blood thinner. Is it safe to take Ibuprofen for my arthritis along with my heart meds?

No: Not recommended for 2 reasons, one significant side effect is fluid retention/ kidney impairment and second is significantly increased risk for bleeding in the presence of blood thinners. ...Read more

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Should a person go back to work after a heart attack?

Should a person go back to work after a heart attack?

Yes: After being released to return to work by their cardiologist. ...Read more

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What are the five drugs that are typically prescribed after a heart attack?

What are the five drugs that are typically prescribed after a heart attack?

See inside: Some medications prescribed after a heart attack are Aspirin which prevents further clots, Nitroglycerin which opens arteries in an emergency, a blood pressure medicine known as a beta-blocker which slows heart rate. The goal is to manage every risk factor as perfectly as possible, so cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes need to be managed ideally. I don't think there are 5 drugs every time. ...Read more

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What is the quality of life after a heart attack?

What is the quality of life after a heart attack?

It varies: If the loss of heart muscle wasn't too severe, you can usually return to normal activity. When more heart muscle is lost there can be significant fatigue, shortness of breath with activity and even swelling of the feet and ankles. ...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