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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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Is a heart attack or stroke a real possibility for teenagers?

Is a heart attack or stroke a real possibility for teenagers?

Teen: Not typically but there are certain diagnoses and drugs that can increase the likelihood of these things happening. ...Read more

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What is a silent heart attack?

What is a silent heart attack?

A silent heart attack is a heart attack that has few, if any, symptoms: You may have never had any symptoms to warn you that you've developed a heart problem, such as chest pain or shortness of breath. Some people later recall their silent heart attack was mistaken for indigestion, nausea, muscle pain or a bad case of the flu. The risk factors for a silent heart attack are the same as those for a heart attack with symptoms. The risk factors include: Smoking or chewing tobacco, Family history of heart disease, Age, High cholesterol, High blood pressure, Diabetes, Lack of exercise, Being overweight. Having a silent heart attack puts you at a greater risk of having another heart attack, which could be fatal. Having another heart attack also increases your risk of complications, such as heart failure. The only way to tell if you've had a silent heart attack is to have imaging tests, such as an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram or others. These tests can reveal changes that signal you've had a heart attack. If you wonder if you've had a silent heart attack, talk to your doctor. A review of your symptoms, health history and a physical exam can help your doctor decide if more tests are necessary. . ...Read more

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Is a septal infarct a heart attack?

Is a septal infarct a heart attack?

Yes: Infarction of heart muscle is a heart attack. The septum is a critical component of the heart muscle. Septal infarct is a heart attack. ...Read more

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Is a heart attack a death sentence?

Is a heart attack a death sentence?

No: Thanks to aggressive treatment, many heart attacks are treated quickly preserving heart muscle function. Many patients recover and with a proper medical regimen go on to lead active, productive lives. In fact, sometimes a heart attack motivates a patient to make lifestyle changes like quitting smoking that actually has them in better shape than before! ...Read more

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Is heart murmuring a diseases?

Is heart murmuring a diseases?

No.: A heart murmur is just the sound of blood flowing. A murmur is a sign not a disease. Sometimes a murmur can indicate a problem, but most murmurs are just murmurs. ...Read more

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What is a silent heart attack or mi?

What is a silent heart attack or mi?

Heart attack: The usual heart attack has severe chest pain and gets the patient's attention real well. Some people have a heart attack and don't know it. We usually find this during testing. When we find evidence of a heart attack that had no symptoms, that's called a 'silent' heart attack. ...Read more

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Help please! is angina a life-threatning symptom of a coronary artery disease?

Help please! is angina a life-threatning symptom of a coronary artery disease?

Angina: Angina means chest pain with exertion. Stable angina is not a life threatning. Most of the times it can be managed medically. If symptoms are becoming more frequent and longer in duration then at that time you may need to have an angiogram. ...Read more

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Is heart dropsy a real disease?

Is heart dropsy a real disease?

Dropsy: Dropsy is an old term for edema or swelling. So yes if you have chf. ...Read more

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Is cardiac arrest a disease or just a sign?

Is cardiac arrest a disease or just a sign?

Both: It is a sign- the culmination and end result of any and all diseases. ...Read more

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Is a "heart failure" the same as a "heart attack"?

Is a "heart failure" the same as a "heart attack"?

No: Heart attack is an injury to the heart muscle from compromised blood flow due to blockage in a coronary artery. This may or may not lead to heart failure. Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle is not able to squeeze or contract normally or is stiff and not able to relax normally and its overall pumping function is impaired. Heart attack, high blood pressure and valve problems can cause it. ...Read more

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Is it common for a teenager to have coronary heart or valvular heart disease?

Is it common for a teenager to have coronary heart or valvular heart disease?

No: There are special circumstances when a teenager may have a higher risk of coronary artery disease: sickle cell anemia, kawasaki's disease, immunological arterial diseases such as lupus or arteritis. Over use (or use) of ecstasy, methamphetamine or Cocaine increase cad. If you have these you should be under the care of specialist to begin with. If you don't have these, then don't worry about cad. ...Read more

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Could a person with a heart problem or heart disease exercise?

Could a person with a heart problem or heart disease exercise?

Exercise: There are many kinds of heart problem and disease. For many of them exercise is not only reasonable, it is important. The kind of heart disease/problem and the abnormality of the heart involved dictate whether exercise is appropriate. ...Read more

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Is heart valve disease a disability?

Is heart valve disease a disability?

Depends: Heart valve abnormalities range from the trivial to the severely disabling. If the valve problem prevents the heart from putting out as much blood as you need to do the things you want to do, you'll know it, and hopefully have 21st century treatment available for you. Simply having an abnormal valve doesn't entitle anybody to any disability money. I wish you good luck and good health. ...Read more

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Is hypertension considered a heart disease?

Is hypertension considered a heart disease?

No: It's a risk factor for heart disease, but, untreated, it leads to hypertensive heart disease which, by definition, is a heart disease. ...Read more

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Is angina usual after a heart attack?

Is angina usual after a heart attack?

See doctor: Angina would mean there is heart muscle which is still getting poor blood flow. This maybe from an area which can not be treated with a stent or surgery. But it could also be an area which can be treated. Only your cardiologist can help you figure that out. Go see him/her. ...Read more

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Help please! is congestive heart failure a symptom or a disease itself?

Help please! is congestive heart failure a symptom or a disease itself?

Heart failure: It's a group of abnormalities which can have various causes. More a syndrome than a symptom. Lots of diseases can cause it. ...Read more

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Could you have a heart attack because of a heart attack?

Could you have a heart attack because of a heart attack?

Question: It is a confusing question it is possible to have more heart attacks if you have had one. It is possible to have cardiac arrest if you have had a heart attack if that is your question. ...Read more

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Is a heart block a chronic disorder in the heart?

Is a heart block a chronic disorder in the heart?

Arrhythmia: Heart block leading to a slowed heart rate can be acute, occurring secondary to external circumstances like increased vagal stimulation, low oxygen levels, or threatened coronary circulation. It can also be chronic occurring as a result of conduction system disease in patients with sleep apnea, myocardial scarring, aging, or infiltrative deposits. ...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