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Doctor insights on: How To Tell The Difference Between Asthma Ans A Heart Attack

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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

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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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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 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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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