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Esophageal. Spasm, heart attack or angina?

Esophageal. Spasm, heart attack or angina?

May be hard to tell: If the chest pain is caused by swallowing, especially something very hot or very cold, then most likely esophageal spasm. If the chest pain is caused by exertion, then most likely angina or heart attack. ...Read more

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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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Can gallbladder attack replicate heart symptoms? Chest pain, shortness of breath etc?

Can gallbladder attack replicate heart symptoms? Chest pain, shortness of breath etc?

Yes: Yes. It is not unusual for a patient presenting with heart attack like symptoms, to ultimately be found to have gallstones or other gastrointestinal disorder after cardiac is ruled out. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack or angina?

Can anxiety cause a silent heart attack or angina?

Not by itself: Stress does contribute to heart attacks, but does not directly cause them. Family history, diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia and smoking are the known risk factors. Occasionally, even people without CAD will feel tightness in their chest when anxious, hyperventilating, or tightening their musculature. Of course, if their is any question, one should seek care by their pcp or er. ...Read more

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Does burping with chest pain signify a heart attack?

Does burping with chest pain signify a heart attack?

Hard to tell: Some patients with real heart attacks have associated sweating, nausea, burping, difficulty breathing. Not having these symptoms does not mean your not having a heart attack. Classic sudden onset of chest pain or pressure radiating to the jaw or down an arm is classic. ...Read more

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Chest pain from anxiety, aching muscles, heart failure or what?

Chest pain from anxiety, aching muscles, heart failure or what?

Quality of pain: The answer is the type or quality of pain being felt. The location, severity, onset, precipitating factors etc all can help medical personnel figure out whats going on. Sudden crushing chest pain radiating to the jaw or down an arm is easily distinguishable from a sore rib that hurts when pushed. ...Read more

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Does or can anxiety mimic heart proplems like angina or heart attack?

Does or can anxiety mimic heart proplems like angina or heart attack?

Actually, yes: It's amazing what anxiety can do! Have medical tests and if results are negative for lung problems or heart issues - it leaves anxiety as a prime suspect. The good news will be that 1. you now know'll you are healthy in important ways and 2. CBT therapy works well for learning anxiety mgmt skills. It's a good thing! ...Read more

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Heart attack vs. Indigestion?

Heart attack vs. Indigestion?

Sometimes: Difficult to tell. In olden days, people frequently died of indigestion that was really a heart attack. See ur md to begin ur evakuation. www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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What is angina, chest wall pain and a mild heart attack?

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What is angina, chest wall pain and a mild heart attack?

Angina: Angina is chest pain that occurs when there is a partial blockage of one of the coronary arteries. This is as opposed to heart attack when there is a near total occlusion. ...Read more

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Can chest pain from heart block lead to heart attack?

Can chest pain from heart block lead to heart attack?

Perhaps: Heart block is an electrical term with brady cardia. Heart blockage is atherosclerosis with coronary artery obstruction which leads to possibility of heart attacks. Chest pain is a symptom from several things, but angina and heart attack are in that list. ...Read more

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Is chest pain alone symptom of heart attack?

Not always: Chest pain is a classic symptom of a heart attack, particularly mid-sternal, crushing or pressure-type pain radiating to the neck, jaw or arm. But other symptoms are common, including: nausea, diaphoresis (heavy, cold sweats), shortness of breath, dizziness, even abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Would gas or heartburn cause anxiety or panic attacks?

Would gas or heartburn cause anxiety or panic attacks?

No: But when you're anxious, a lot of normal physical sensations can be misinterpreted as something wrong. Get checked by your doctor and consider counseling for the anxiety. Good luck! ...Read more

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What distinguishes chest pains due to indigestion and a heart attack?

Hard to tell: These pains may be very hard to distinguish: indigestion usually occurs after meals, especially if spicy or fatty; heart attack pains usually occur with exertion, may be associated with shortness of breath or radiate down the arm. It is really hard to tell, unless you are in a hospital setting where the necessary tests may be done. Especially in women. ...Read more

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Can indigestion cause a heart fluttering sensation?

Can indigestion cause a heart fluttering sensation?

Yes.: There is a relationship between the heart and the esophagus so the flutter could be heart. Just check you pulse to see if they match. Also people can get fluttering of the muscles between the ribs. Otherwise indigestion is the more likely at your age. ...Read more

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Stabbing chest pain while exhaling that's not a heart attack. Any ideas?

Stabbing chest pain while exhaling that's not a heart attack. Any ideas?

Maybe pericardial: Pain which is altered by breathing may be due to irritation in the tissue surrounding the heart- the pericardium. Other cause could be the lung tissue itself. ...Read more

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How can I differentiate b/w heart pain associated with heart desease or heart burn?

History helps: History helps. Heart disease pain (angina) more typically occurs with activity/exertion, is a tightness, associated with shortness of breath and reduced exercise tolerance. Heartburn is typically a burning ache that comes on with rest or aggravated when recumbent, with symptoms made worse by eating. Symptom relief might occur with antacids. That said either condition might occur atypically. ...Read more

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Heart or anxiety or hernia six hours ago, racing heart, tightness in chest, sever, back pain, headache, nausea. Chest pain is still presnet.?

Heart or anxiety or hernia six hours ago, racing heart, tightness in chest, sever, back pain, headache, nausea.  Chest pain is  still presnet.?

Or more: With those symptoms, you need to immediately see a dr and not be looking online for help. Your life may be in immediate danger. ...Read more

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How can I discriminate if I have panic attack or angina attack? Both include chest discomfort, rapid or irregular heart beat and anxiety.

How can I discriminate if I have panic attack or angina attack? Both include chest discomfort, rapid or irregular heart beat and anxiety.

Cardiac Evaluation: One condition is potentially life threatening, angina, and the other is not. You should be evaluated by a physician to exclude life threatening causes of chest pain with testing such as an EKG, labs, and stress test. ...Read more

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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart are blocked so that the heart is no longer ...Read more


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Heartburn (Definition)

Burning pain or irritation in the upper stomach or lower chest. May be worse on lying down, and is ...Read more