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How can a heart attack happen?

How can  a heart attack happen?

Gradual blockage: Avoid by: good personal habits no smoking regular exercize monitor blood pressure check cholesterol and general physical features know your family history the atherosclerosis is established over time and deposits and gets to the critical stage and clots, or the plaque disrupts like a trap door causing acute blockage and threatened or damaged heart muscle. ...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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How to stop a heart attack?

How to stop a heart attack?

Revascularization: The only way to stop a myocardial infarction is to re open the obstructed or nearly obstructed coronary artery. That is why if the coronary artery can be reopened within minutes after the obstruction the early and long term survival is improved. ...Read more

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How to prevent a heart attack?

How to prevent a heart attack?

Good choices!: Avoid by: good personal habits no smoking regular exercize monitor blood pressure check cholesterol and general physical features know your family history the atherosclerosis is established over time and deposits and gets to the critical stage and clots, or the plaque disrupts like a trap door causing acute blockage and threatened or damaged heart muscle. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is panic attack similar to a heart attack?

Hoping you can tell me, is panic attack similar to a heart attack?

No: The symptoms can sometimes be similar, but a panic attack is an anxiety disorder while a heart attack is due to injury of the heart muscle from compromised blood flow to the heart muscle due to blockage in a coronary artery. ...Read more

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Will anxiety lead to a heart attack?

One of many factors: While anxiety and high levels of stress can increase the risk of heart attack - far more important is family history, blood cholesterol/fat, smoking, high blood pressure and other illnesses like diabetes. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish a panic attack from an overdose or heart attack?

How can you distinguish a panic attack from an overdose or heart attack?

Go to the ER: If the person has never previously been diagnosed with panic attacks or panic disorder, some type of evaluation is needed to rule out potentially life threatening causes such as overdose or heart attack. ...Read more

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How does aspirin help you during a heart attack?

How does aspirin help you during a heart attack?

Aspirin: Aspirin blocks platelet clumping that contributes to the blockage of the coronary artery that is the cause of a heart attack. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from a heart attack during a dobutamine stress test?

Is it possible to die from a heart attack during a dobutamine stress test?

Rarely, but Yes: All types of stress test have risks, including the rare risk of death. Other risks include arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, palpitations, COPD or asthma exacerbation, and passing out. Fortunately most are rare. ...Read more

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How can I prevent a heart attack?

How can I prevent a heart attack?

Love right: You have to eat healthy to avoid atherosclerosis. Exercise. Know your risks and correct them, don't smoke, treat diseases as hypertension, dm or high lipids. You can't do much about your family factor and genes. ...Read more

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How often does diet lead to a heart attack or stroke?

How often does diet lead to a heart attack or stroke?

Very often.: In western industrialized societies, diet is possibly the most important risk factor for developing coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease (affecting the brain circulation). ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a heart attack abd panic attack?

How can you tell the difference between a heart attack abd panic attack?

Sometimes very hard: A panic attack looks a lot like a heart attack...They are quite difficult to tell apart. Thus, if you have symptoms of a heart attack, even if it ends up being a panic attack, you should not hesitate seeing a doctor or calling 911. Heart attack symptoms can be chest pain, trouble breathing, dizziness. These can be the exact same symptoms of a panic attack. ...Read more

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How to get disability after a heart attack?

How to get disability after a heart attack?

Talk to your doctor: Please talk to you cardiologist or primary care doctor, who will be better able to guide you in your particular case. However, a heart attack may or may not qualify you for disability. It will depend on the severity. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is a pacemaker affected during a heart attack?

Can you tell me how is a pacemaker affected during a heart attack?

Pacer/MI: The pacemaker electronics will not be affected by a heart attack. The muscle damage in the heart could change threshholds for sensing and pacing and cause problems with those. Abnormal rhythms associated with the heart attack might also affect what the pacemaker does. ...Read more

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How long befor you will have heart attack or stroke due to high bp?

How long befor you will have heart attack or stroke due to high bp?

Probability : Both CVA and mi have increased probability if you have high blood pressure. The timing varies from soon to never. Normalization of BP significantly decreases event probability. ...Read more

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How high does your heart rate need to be to have a heart attack?

How high does your heart rate need to be to have a heart attack?

No simple answer: If your arteries have no blockage, then there is no heart rate that will cause a heart attack. The more blocked the arteries, the lower the hr needed to outstrip the blood supply. There are other factors too, like presence/absence of anemia, hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, (wall thickening), and contractility which determine how much blood the heart is using and needs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is a heart attack not a heart attack?

Can you tell me exactly when is a heart attack not a heart attack?

When: You develop chest pain and symptoms of a heart attack but no muscle dies. It could have just been angina without actual cardiac injury. Cardiac lab tests ( enzymes) would be normal. ...Read more

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How do a heart attack and a heart seizure differ?

How do a heart attack and a heart seizure differ?

Continuum: Angina can be quite severe and respond to rest, oxygen, nitroglycerin. And fully recover with no muscle death. The pain fibers are the same source. Some myocardial infarction can be asymptomatic all the way to the worst, ominous, pain ever! there is heart muscle death as the defining entity may need surgery or intervention seizure could also mean an arrythmia? ...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