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How To Tell The Difference Between A Heart Attack And Gas
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
How come GERD and gas feels like a heart attack sometimes? I know it's most likely not one since I'm 22, But it's SO scary. Hard to distinguish..
Woke up dizzy and felt like I was gonna pass out.. chest hurts.. have a lot of gas too. Can gas cause same signs as heart attack?
Yes: Would definitely recommend that you seek timely medical attention if you experienced the above mentioned symptoms. Heart attack is definitely a possibility and it is not the gas causing the symptoms. ...Read more
34M with echo stress perfect in Jan. Acid reflux leads to gas fullness in chest Why am I always thinking I will have a heart attack Taken over my life?
Acid reflux: Due in part to the proximity of the anatomy between the esophagus and heart, acid reflux can produce pain/burning sensation in the mid chest. In your case, however, I would take comfort in that you had a negative stress test. Continue to follow up with your doctor regularly, eat a proper diet and exercise. If you continue to have anxiety over this issue, I'd suggest some counseling. ...Read more
My cousin had a heart attack, diabetic, non alcoholic and non smoker, in ccu for the last 8 days, creatinine and blood gas level not coming down, on vent?
Very sick: Sounds like he has what we call multi system organ failure where his whole body is struggling so hard each organ is not working right. It is very grave. His doctors are working together to to the best they can as he tries to heal. Pray for him. ...Read more
If you have a normal blood pressure and heart rate put pain in left arm and gas can you be having a heart attack?
Yes: If you think you're having a heart attack, going online & waiting for an answer is wrong thing to do. You only have 6 hours to prevent irreversible damage. Call 911 or local emergency services immediately. Don't drive yourself b/c you don't want to risk passing out. While waiting, take regular aspirin. For more info, check out http://goo. Gl/Ppqxwg, http://goo. Gl/biVvFk & http://goo. Gl/ig9yPX. ...Read more
What is a possible non heart attack cause of a quick sharp pain in the left chest/arm? Can it be gas? Other stomach issues?
Could trapped gas/bloating cause a burning sensation at the muscular level on left chest and inside party of left bicep? I got scared of heart attack
Go to ER: The symptoms you have listed could be trapped gas orAngina symptoms. This means that one of your coronary arteries (blood vessels to your heart) could potentially be blocked and affect the blood flow to your heart. It could result in you having a heart attack anytime. There could be other less alarming causes for these symptoms but you cannot take a risk and must go to ER without delay ...Read more
Last year 6th Dec I had food poisoning severe Shigella infection and was admitted in hospital for 4 days. After this now I pass gas 8-9 times a day and atleast once a month I feel so bloated as if I am having heart attack. I take pan-40 and malox?
Question cut off: Please resubmit and include a specific and clear question. ...Read more
Can lots of gas/indegistion be similar to heart attack? Like pain under left breast/heart beat under breast bone or maybe its my pulse. Any advice?
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
See your Doctor: When you have pain between the neck and upper belly, there are many things that can be the cause. Go to and emergency department or call you doctor if you have pain that is concerning to you. We'd rather tell you it's nothing than have you drop dead because you didn't get help. ...Read more
Disease vs. Symptom: Angina is the symptom of chest pain. It does not necessarily mean you are having a heart attack or even have heart disease. Heart attack is a laymen's term for damage to the heart muscle from inadequate blood to part of the heart muscle, usually due to a temporary or permanent blockage of one or more coronary arteries. Only a doctor can tell the difference. ...Read more
Pattern of pain: It may be easier to differentiate the pleuritic pain from heart attack pain. However, it is quite difficult to differentiate between heart attack and heart spasms. Typical pleuritic pain is described as sharp pain that worsen with breathing. Commonly seen in pneumonia, viral infection, etc. Typical heart attack pain is described as pressure liked, "elephant sitting on the chest" type pain. ...Read more
How can I tell the difference between having a heart attack or an anxiety attack? I have been having pain in chest and back...just to name a few
See your PCP: Anxiety can often present like a heart attack and many people end up in the ER because they don't know. It can be very frightening, but the only way to know for sure is to be checked by a doctor. If your heart is fine, you may want to consider the level of stress in your life or if anything in particular is worrying you, large or small. Talking to a professional can help you figure this out. ...Read more
Please tell me, could you explain me what's the difference between heart attack and heart failure?
Heart attack: Heart attack is also called myocardial infarction. It is death of some amount of heart muscle caused by blockage of a heart artery and can result in sudden death. Heart failure is when the heart is not pumping adequately to supply the body's need for blood flow. It can be caused by heart attack or other abnormalities. ...Read more
Heart Attack: Costochondritis is inflammation of the bone to cartilage of the sternum (breastbone). The pain is worse when you push on this area. A heart attack on the other hand is from the heart muscle not getting enough blood supply (and oxygenated blood). Heart attack pain is not made worse by pressing on the sternum. It often feels like a huge pressure on the chest, and may radiate into the jaw or arm ...Read more
Can any doc tell me what's the difference between an angina attack, a heart attack and a cardiac arrest?
Angina: discomfort from imbalance between oxygen supply and demand in the heart, but no muscle death.
Heart attack: supply/demand imbalance so prolonged and severe that part of the heart muscle dies.
Cardiac arrest: heart function so poor (bad pumping rhythm, no pumping rhythm, electrical rhythm but no actual pumping, etc) your circulation essentially stops. ...Read more
How can you tell difference between someone having heart attack and someone having ventricular fibrillation? Give aspirin for v-fib too or no?
Chest and brain:
Heart attack is damage to heart
stroke is damage to brain
some heart attack patients may be from emboli, or have low cardiac output and also damage brain with hypoxia
both have some common risk!
high blood pressure
prevention is best. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Insufficient blood flow to the heart usually during exertion or other forms of stress due to a partial blockage causes chest pain lasting 5 to 10 minutes and is referred to as angina.
Persistent complete or near complete interruption of blood flow to the heart muscle results in permanent damage and is referred to as a heart attack. The pain usually lasts much longer than 5 to 10 minutes. ...Read more
You don't: This is why a good medical workup is important. ...Read more
Yes...: Cardiac arrest is when the heart actually stops. A heart attack is due to decreased blood flow to a part of the heart muscle. A heart attack can lead to cardiac arrest, but not always. And, there are other etiologies of cardiac arrest besides heart attack. ...Read more