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How can you tell the difference in symptoms of a heart attack & asthma when you feel tightness in your chest and you just feel bad anyway? Very tired.

How can you tell the difference in symptoms of a heart attack & asthma when you feel tightness in your chest and you just feel bad anyway? Very tired.

Can't always: Associated symptoms vary with heart attack, and wheeze may rarely be present. Usually chest pain/pressure prominent feature, but not always. Asthma needs managed to optimize it and prevent bad flares which could give confusing symptoms. For now, if in doubt, need to go to er for evaluation and treatment. ...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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What to do if I'm having an asthma or heart attack?

What to do if I'm having an asthma or heart attack?

Inhaler vs ER: If you have an asthma attack, use an inhaler (if that was given to you by your doctor) If you have a heart attack, you belong in the ER.
HOWEVER: this is not the right question to be asking on the Internet, but you need a diagnosis and evaluation by your doctor ...Read more

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Does having asthma put you at a greater risk for heart attack or stroke? Particularly when exercising? Thank you!

Does having asthma put you at a greater risk for heart attack or stroke? Particularly when exercising? Thank you!

Depends: It is risky only if there is a documented history of significant heart disease, eg, stents, angioplasty, bypass, HTN. Otherwise, asthma is not a risk factor.
And exercise is recommended. ...Read more

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Am I at risk of a heart attack or stroke past out rushed to hospital was treated with steroids for asthma but nothing more complained about chest pain but nothing was done about it still having severe chest pain

Am I at risk of a heart attack or stroke past out rushed to hospital was treated with steroids for asthma but nothing more complained about chest pain but nothing was done about it still having severe chest pain

See your provider: If you were discharged, you didn't have a heart attack or stroke, but you need to see your provider to work up the chest pain. You might need a stress test, echocardiogram, or even catheterization; you might not need any more testing, if the pain is really just asthma. But there are many causes of chest pain, and you should see your provider to figure out what is going on. ...Read more

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22 year old, chest pain, shortness of breathe and dizziness. I do have a history of severe anxiety and asthma. Could it be a heart attack?

22 year old, chest pain, shortness of breathe and dizziness. I do have a history of severe anxiety and asthma. Could it be a heart attack?

Would doubt it is: Heart attack however, anxiety is a diagnosis of exclusion and even if you do have anxiety you can still have other medical problems causing these symptoms. If persistent, or out of the ordinary for you see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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How would I be able to tell the difference between panic and heart attack?

How would I be able to tell the difference between panic and heart attack?

Rest: When you rest and calm down your symptoms such as chest pain should go away. It is difficult if you have heart disease and panic attacks. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between acidity and heart attack?

How do you tell the difference between acidity and heart attack?

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

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How can you tell the difference between heart attack and angina?

How can you tell the difference between heart attack and angina?

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

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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 do I tell the difference between chest pain from a hernia and pain from a heart attack?

How do I tell the difference between chest pain from a hernia and pain from a heart attack?

You don't go toER: Any sudden chest pain due to unknown cause must go to nearest er to make sure it is not an heart attach, save the life, there is no home remedy kit to rule out ...Read more

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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

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

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Please tell me, could you explain me what's the difference between heart attack and heart failure?

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

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How can I tell difference between costochondritis and a sign of heart attack?

How can I tell difference between costochondritis and a sign of heart attack?

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

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Can any doc tell me what's the difference between muscular pain and a heart attack?

Can any doc tell me what's the difference between muscular pain and a heart attack?

Heart attack: A heart attack is when the heart muscle does not have enough blood supply and all that includes. That causes a firm of muscle pain. Of course, you could have pain in any of your muscles besides your heart, too. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the difference between an angina attack, a heart attack and a cardiac arrest?

Can any doc tell me what's the difference between an angina attack, a heart attack and a cardiac arrest?

Lots.: 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

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How can you tell difference between someone having heart attack and someone having ventricular fibrillation? Give aspirin for v-fib too or no?

How can you tell difference between someone having heart attack and someone having ventricular fibrillation? Give aspirin for v-fib too or no?

Vfib: Patients with ventricular fibrillation usually become unconscious or dead very quickly. A heart attack patient could have Vfib but more often has pain and other symptoms and is not unconscious if perfusion is adequate. Vfib implies very poor to no perfusion. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference in a heart attack & a stroke?

What can you do to tell the difference in a heart attack & a stroke?

Heart attack: A stroke is to the brain what a heart attack is to the heart. You could call a stroke a brain attack. They don't clinically look alike because losing brain tissue causes neurologic symptoms and heart attack causes heart symptoms like pain and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Really cannot differentiate if it is a heart attack or a panic attack. How to tell the difference?

Really cannot differentiate if it is a heart attack or a panic attack. How to tell the difference?

Tests: Ekg and blood samples are needed. Most homes don't have this capability so you'll probably need to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Heart attack vs anxiety. How to tell the difference? When I get chest pains & short of breath how can I reassure myself it's just anxiety?

Heart attack vs anxiety. How to tell the difference? When I get chest pains & short of breath how can I reassure myself it's just anxiety?

Heart attack/Anxiety: Heart attack is preceded by Feeling of impending doom, Shortness of breath, Nausea with profuse sweating, Sudden feeling like an elephant is sitting on your chest, and Pressure/squeezing/fullness/pain in middle of chest & back and jaw & arm. In any case, it is best to exercise caution & get help ASAP. ...Read more

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What is the difference between impending heart attack symptoms and actual heart attack symptoms?

What is the difference between impending heart attack symptoms and actual heart attack symptoms?

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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a q-wave and non-qwave heart attack?

Wall Thickness: Q wave= full thickness myocardial necrosis
non q wave= partial thickness or subendocardial necrosis
subendocardial infarcts more common. Full thickness can result in myocardial rupture or an acute ventricular septal defect. Rupture- tamponade-death sequence. 50% of people still die on their first heart attack mostly because of not calling 911 or reaching er within minutes of the infarct. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between a heart attack and a stroke?

Need advice on what is the the difference between a heart attack and a stroke?

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!
smoking
obesity
high blood pressure
diabetes
hyperlipemia
prevention is best. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heart attack and heart failure?

What is the difference between heart attack and heart failure?

Blocked artery: Heart attacks are almost always caused by a blockage in one of the arteries that supplies the heart. This stops the flow of blood (and oxygen) to that area of the heart and eventually the involved area of muscle dies. Heart failure is most often the result of several small or one large heart attack that affects enough muscle to keep the heart from being able to pump blood effectively. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between heart attack and cerebral attack?

Please help! What is the difference between heart attack and cerebral attack?

Heart and brain: Heart attack happens in the heart, and cerebrum is in the brain, that's the simplest way to look at it and we call them heart attack vs stroke. ...Read more

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Can u tell me differences in symptoms of an anxiety attack and a heart attack? Thanks

Can u tell me differences in symptoms of an anxiety attack and a heart attack? Thanks

Anxiety: Anxiety attacks symptoms are similar to heart attacks. A detailed history, ECG and blood tests differentiate the 2. Risk factors like dm HTN lipids, family history, smoking etc put at risk for a cardiac event. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between heart attack pain and chest inflammation?

I want to know what is the difference between heart attack pain and chest inflammation?

Can overlap: Heartburn is esophagitis, gastritis, reflux and related to diet, timing, bending over, regurgitation,
better with antacids, GI meds Prilosec etc. Sometimes belching.
Tends to be front and neck and " burning"!

angina and heart attack tend to be pressure, squeeze, and sweaty, clammy, fearful- anxiety provoking fear of death! ...Read more

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What is the difference between chest pain caused by heart attack and the one caused by acidity in women?

What is the difference between chest pain caused by heart attack and the one caused by acidity in women?

Chest pain: Hi the chest pain from the heart usually is in the center of the chest and it's heavy feeling which is worse with any kind of movement and activity and gets better with rest. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the symptoms of pericarditis (that develops rapidly over the course of an hour) and a heart attack?

What is the difference between the symptoms of pericarditis (that develops rapidly over the course of an hour) and a heart attack?

Different: Pericarditis is worse with deep breath/cough. It hurts to shake your chest like the slap of your foot on the pavement when walking. It's worse lying on your back & better sitting forward. Heart attack can mimic this because some heart attacks have associated pericarditis, but in general, they feel different: heart attack usually is a squeezing, tight central feeling without change for hours. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a panic attack and a heart attack?

What is the difference between a panic attack and a heart attack?

Panic attacks: Panic attacks are psychologic reactions which can have symptoms which mimic those of heart attack. A real heart attack is caused by a heart blood vessel blocking off and damaging a part of the heart. Heart attack can be fatal. Panic attack usually isn't fatal but can be psychologically incapacitating. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a heart attack and angina?

What is the difference between a heart attack and angina?

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. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a stroke and a heart attack?

What's the difference between a stroke and a heart attack?

Different organ: Stroke affects brain. Heart attack affects heart. Stroke is mostly caused due to decreased blood supply to a part of brain or sometimes due to bleeding inside the brain. Stroke leads to headache, weakness of one side : face, hand, or leg. Heart attack occurs when blood supply to part of heart is blocked or compromised and have chest pain, panic, difficulty breathing. Both are serious problems. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a heart attack and angina pain?

What is the difference between a heart attack and angina pain?

Longer pain..: 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

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What is the difference between heart murmer, heart attack and heart episode?

What is the difference between heart murmer, heart attack and heart episode?

Lots.: Murmur: sound of turbulent blood flow through heart. Can be normal or abnormal.
Heart attack: heart muscle dies because supply of oxygen was below demand.
Episode: nonspecific. Could mean a lot of things. ...Read more

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How can I know difference between costochondritis and a sign of heart attack?

How can I know difference between costochondritis and a sign of heart attack?

Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation along the breast bone where the cartilage attaches to bone. Does it hurt to press on your sternum? If so, that suggests Costochondritis. Heart attack symptoms often involve a pressure feeling on the chest, nausea, shortness of breath, pain in the haw or the arm. When in doubt, seek medical attention immediately. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a heart seizure and a heart attack?

What is the difference between a heart seizure and a heart attack?

Laymen terms: Heart attack and heart seizure are general laymen terms.
Heart attack refer to the injury of heart muscle due to blockage of one of the vessels in the heart - ischemia.
Heart seizure refer to the heart arrhythmia - irregular heart beat, which sometimes can lead to cardiac arrest (like ventricular fibrillation). ...Read more

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What is the difference between a heart attack, myocardial infarction?

Same: Heart attack is the lay term for myocardial infarction (comes in two levels of severity. Non-st-elevation and st-elevation - which refer to changes on an ekg and broadly reflect if an arterial occlusion is total or subtotal). ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between a bruised heart and a heart attack?

Please advise what is the difference between a bruised heart and a heart attack?

Cause: Heart attack are the stoppage of blood flow to arteries supplying certain muscles and the tissues die from the process. Bruised heart usually is form sudden impact like a car accident causing damage to the tissue and stunting their activity but usually resolve. ...Read more

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Could a specialist please explain to me what's the difference between heart attack and heart failure?

Could a specialist please explain to me what's the difference between heart attack and heart failure?

Acute vs chronic: A heart attack [myocardial infarction (MI)] is the death of a portion of the heart muscle that occurs when the artery supplying blood closes. It happens iin minutes to hours. Heart failure is a chronic condition where the heart cannot pump enough blood for the body due to weakness from prior MIs valve disease, chemotherapy or viral infection and fluid backs up into the lungs due to failing pump. ...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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more