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Doctor insights on: How To Tell That Someone Died From A Heart Attack

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Is there any way to tell if someone died of a heart attack without an autopsy?

Is there any way to tell if someone died of a heart attack without an autopsy?

No: An electrocardiogram or bloodwork or imaging may make the diagnosis certain before death. Otherwise, a variety of illnesses from pulmonary thromboembolization to collapsed lung to pneumonia to homicidal poisoning can mimic it. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

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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My grandpa died from a heart attack even after they didresuscitation about 15 minutes later. Should they havekept trying?

My grandpa died from a heart attack even after they didresuscitation about 15 minutes later. Should they havekept trying?

No: If he was resuscitated properly according to the protocols, and he did not come back in 15 min, it is usual practice to stop the code. ...Read more

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My mother recently died from a heart attack while having a stroke during dialysis. How could this be?

My mother recently died from a heart attack while having a stroke during dialysis. How could this be?

Not sure: Not sure what happened. Heart attack can cause a stroke but not the other way around. You should talk to her doctor who may be able to give you the most likely chain of events. ...Read more

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My father died from a heart attack. How can I keep track of my heart health?

My father died from a heart attack. How can I keep track of my heart health?

Risk assessment: A good knowledge of your risk factors (of which family history is clearly one). Knowing your status with regards to traditional factors, like cholesterol profile, diabetes, and blood pressure. Lifestyle indicators like exercise tolerance, smoking, etc. Further risk delineation might be possible with advanced screening modalities such as stress testing and coronary ct angiography might help too. ...Read more

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I know someone who died of ischemia. What caused the sudden heart attack?

I know someone who died of ischemia. What caused the sudden heart attack?

Plaque rupture: Most are progressive narrowing to the point of serious impairment of coronary blood flow with exercize etc. Causing angina or heart attack some are acute thrombus on a plaque or elevation of the plaque like a trap, door- dissection or rupture of the built up area of disease. ...Read more

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How many people died of a heart attack last year?

How many people died of a heart attack last year?

Too many: About 600, 000 people died last year in usa from heart disease. These links may help: http://goo.Gl/fxk4i and http://goo.Gl/ufpii. ...Read more

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My dad died at age 55 of a massive heart attack. Does this mean i will have a heart attack? I'm a female age 35

My dad died at age 55 of a massive heart attack. Does this mean i will have a heart attack? I'm a female age 35

No it doesn't: While genetics can play a role in heart disease (for good or bad) this can be offset by lifestyle. We know much more about living a healthy lifestyle than our parents generation. Have a full physical with your M.D. Discuss your concerns and plot out a course that will keep you in good health well past 55. ...Read more

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If no one is around and you get a heart attack in the pool, you are dead?

If no one is around and you get a heart attack in the pool, you are dead?

If a tree falls...: If your alone in a pool how will anyone know you had a heart attack? Seriously, if you have chest pain call 911 and get help. Go to american heart association website and learn about the signs of heart attacks. ...Read more

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What is my risk of a heart attack? My father died suddenly and I am anxious this will happen at any moment.

What is my risk of a heart attack? My father died suddenly and I am anxious this will happen at any moment.

Anxiety: May be more of an issue than cardiac risk. Please have your doc check you out and when cleared a clinical psychologist can help w/anxiety management. Please remember than many people who have relatives who died of cardiac disease live long and health lives, i'm one of them. ...Read more

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Fan died of apparent heart attack at stadium. Was a hot day. Did heat contribute or was this man likely to die that day (or soon) no matter what?

Fan died of apparent heart attack at stadium.  Was a hot day.  Did heat contribute or was this man likely to die that day (or soon) no matter what?

Who knows?: We know nothing about this man, his medical history, what medications he was on, if was intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, etc. impossible to say. He could have been dying of cancer and wanted to see one last game. Anything is possible. ...Read more

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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more