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Doctor insights on: Is A Heart Attack Considered Heart Disease

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Will I need to have heart disease, to have a heart attack?

Will I need to have heart disease, to have a heart attack?

Atherosclerosis yes: In general: depends on one's personal risks
smoking, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipemia, diabetes
, family history. Drug abuse may also cause.
Simply, one blocks the feeding artery to part of the heart muscle and low flow, or no flow causes ischemia which cause death of the heart cells, which is a heart attack!
myocardial infarction is the medical term. Ekg and lab tests show the damage. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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What are the risk factors for heart disease (heart attack) for a 41 year old female.

What are the risk factors for heart disease (heart attack) for a 41 year old female.

There are many: Less but still possible in a pre-menopausal women, smoking, cholesterol, high blood pressure uncontrolled, diabetes, obesity, and family history. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Non smoker, active 31 female. What are my chances of heart disease or a heart attack?

Non smoker, active 31 female. What are my chances of heart disease or a heart attack?

More info: Would need more information such as family history, cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. You can find heart disease risk calculators online. ...Read more

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Do you usually have to be diagnosed with heart disease to have a heart attack or you can have one if you have risk factors?

Do you usually have to be diagnosed with heart disease to have a heart attack or you can have one if you have risk factors?

Can have if (+) risk: Many patient with heart attack have no history of heart disease. The more risk factors you have the more your risk:
(+)Family history of heart attack in a male age 55 or younger or female by age 65 or younger.
(+)Tobacco smoking
(+)Diabetes
(+)High cholesterol or triglycerides
(+)Lack of exercise
(+)Obesity
(+)High Blood Pressure
(+)being a male over 45 years old or female over 55 years ...Read more

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What causes a heart attack. My BP is under control on med I do smoke but no heart disease. I am 41 female. Should I be scared?

What causes a heart attack. My BP is under control on med I do smoke but no heart disease. I am 41 female. Should I be scared?

Quit Smoking: Tobacco causes damage in the lining of your blood vessels and increased clumping of platelets (clots). Smoking causes heart attacks, strokes, leg amputations, lung disease and cancer. You're a young woman - it's time for you to quit smoking! Other than rapidly opening blocked arteries in an acute heart attack the only intervention to save more hearts is quitting smoking!! Do it today!! ...Read more

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Is it common for a 41 female smoker on BP med press good on thy med level good no other health issues to get a heart attack or heart disease?

Is it common for a 41 female smoker on BP med press good on thy med level good no other health issues to get a heart attack or heart disease?

Heart attack: Generally speaking, the risk of a heart attack in a healthy 41 yo with no family history of the disease is low. However, smoking increase the risk no matter the age. ...Read more

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Can skinny people have a heart attack or suffer heart disease?

Can skinny people have a heart attack or suffer heart disease?

Yes: Blockage can happen in the coronaries even in marathon runners and food faddists! ...Read more

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What type of heart disease can u get from smoking and do u have to have it first to possibly get a heart attack.

What type of heart disease can u get from smoking and do u have to have it first to possibly get a heart attack.

Coronary artery dz: Nicotine from smoking causes injury to blood vessels that supply blood to heart muscle. Eventually, plaque forms in the blood vessels. Plaque can rupture & a blood clot forms, blocking blood flow, so that part of heart is injured or dies. Many plaques grow into the wall of the artery rather than out into the opening where the blood flows, not showing up on tests & causing no symptoms until the rupture. ...Read more

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41 female no heart disease all blood and strs test normal on BP med press good I smoke can this alone cause me to have a sudden heart attack?

41 female no heart disease all blood and strs test normal on BP med press good I smoke can this alone cause me to have a sudden heart attack?

AbsolutelyStressTest: Of very low value because they are totally incapable of detecting arterial disease. They are only partially capable of detecting complications of very advanced arterial disease, i.e. severe narrowing (e.g. >75%) due to clots over previous plaque ruptures; see the illustration I have attached. While EKG stress tests work best, they are still very insensitive; Docs perform because insurance pays. ...Read more

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I am a 28 year old woman who has been under a great deal of stress lately. I read stress causes heart disease. Could I be at risk of having a heart attack?

I am a 28 year old woman who has been under a great deal of stress lately. I read stress causes heart disease. Could I be at risk of having a heart attack?

Myth: The stuff about "type A personality" causing heart disease was a fake subsidized by millions of dollars of tobacco company money to divert attention from the real cause. "Stress" may be good or bad -- the good kind gets me up in the morning to be productive; it's bad only when you can't cope (i.e., trapped in a bad situation). Hoping things get better, but I'm not persuaded this ever caused a MI. ...Read more

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Are people recently diagnosed with lymphoma at an increased risk for heart attack if they already have heart disease?

Are people recently diagnosed with lymphoma at an increased risk for heart attack if they already have heart disease?

Not really: Lymphoma does not affect your risk of hear attack. But one of the chemotherapy drugs (adriamycin or doxorubicin) can be toxic to the heart and cause weakness of the heart muscle when used to treat lymphoma after a period of multiple treatments. ...Read more

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Is there a certain kind of fingernail ridges can indicate a heart attack or heart disease. Can someone tell me more about this?

Is there a certain kind of fingernail ridges can indicate a heart attack or heart disease. Can someone tell me more about this?

NO!: Heart attack risk factors never show up in fingernails. Neither do heart attacks.

Unless you discover something so new that all doctors worldwide should know about it. You would get the nobel prize.

This is opposite of several lung diseases that can be discovered with looking at finger nails. ...Read more

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I have Heart Disease. I had a heart attack at age 42 and had 2 stents put in. Sometimes, I can feel my heart beat is off, quite often?

I have Heart Disease. I had a heart attack at age 42 and had 2 stents put in. Sometimes, I can feel my heart beat is off, quite often?

Keep up cardiologist: You might be having arrhythmia or irregular heart beat it could be nothing serious but with history of CAD and stent I would keep up with my cardiologist on regular basis
stay in touch with you heart specialist
good luck
thank you for using health tap ...Read more

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Can someone still have a heart attack after the cardiologist saying that every test looks normal and there´s no evidence of heart disease?

Can someone still have a heart attack after the cardiologist saying that every test looks normal and there´s no evidence of heart disease?

Absolutely: No test detects everything; one may have a genetic predisposition, or one may use drugs that can cause a heart attack. Need more info if you want a more personalized opinion. ...Read more

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If you do not have heart disease can smoking cause a heart attack at 41 or do yiu have to be diagnosed with CAD or pad first?

If you do not have heart disease can smoking cause a heart attack at 41 or do yiu have to be diagnosed with CAD or pad first?

Remember: The problem with heart disease is that you usually don't know that you have it until you have a heart attack. Also know, that even with a normal stress test, it doesn't mean that you don't have heart disease, just that if you do, it's not severe enough to cause blood flow issues even when exercises. Smoking and high blood pressure are issues that you want to address as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person with no heart disease have an attack that leads to a heart attack if they have multiple sclerosis?

Is it possible for a person with no heart disease have an attack that leads to a heart attack if they have multiple sclerosis?

NO: Multiple sclerosis does NOT involve the heart directly in any fashion. The drug Gilenya (fingolimod) could affect cardiac rhythm within the first 6 hrs of use, but otherwise, would not expect a "heart attack". ...Read more

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My grandfather had a heart attack & Indians are at high risk. I'm 22 -- is there an evidence based protocol to avoiding heart disease? Diet/exercise?

My grandfather had a heart attack & Indians are at high risk. I'm 22 -- is there an evidence based protocol to avoiding heart disease? Diet/exercise?

It is good to keep: Family history in mind but most people have relatives who have had cardiac problems. Lifestyle is a major factor. After your doc has ruled out any medical conditions you can see a nutritionist for a health diet to fit your body. You might also get a micronutrient test from Spectracell lab in TX. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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41 female smoker I take BP med press good what are the risks forme getting heart disease or heart attack Is it common had reg strs test blood all good?

41 female smoker I take BP med press good what are the risks forme getting heart disease or heart attack Is it common had reg strs test blood all good?

Heart dz: You already have 2 risk factors for heart disease, meaning coronary artery disease: smoking, and hypertension. To reduce the risk you need to stop smoking and make sure your blood pressure is under control with the medications ...Read more

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I have anxiety attacks all the time. Some severe. I have a family history of heart disease. How can I know it's just anxiety and not a heart attack?

I have anxiety attacks all the time. Some severe. I have a family history of heart disease. How can I know it's just anxiety and not a heart attack?

Med eval: Your symptoms need to be evaluated medically to determine if there is a medical cause. One can not just assume that they are due to panic disorder. ...Read more

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No family history of heart disease, normal weight, non smoker& norm BP. Cardiac eval was norm as well. Should I worry about heart attack at age 29? Male

No family history of heart disease, normal weight, non smoker& norm BP. Cardiac eval was norm as well. Should I worry about heart attack at age 29? Male

No: As you describe, you have no risk factors for premature heart disease, particularly major ones like family history, blood pressure issues, cholesterol issues, weight issues, smoking issues. You are low risk. The more important question may be why the great concern on your part? ...Read more

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Bio family has big history in heart disease. Bio mom died Feb 13 this year (unsure of what). What are the signs of a heart attack? Have stinging pain

Bio family has big history in heart disease. Bio mom died Feb 13 this year (unsure of what). What are the signs of a heart attack? Have stinging pain

Heart attack signs: Common symptoms of a heart attack include chest pressure and pain, shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, left arm pain, jaw pain, body weakness, dizziness, anxiety. Heart attack is not that common in men your age, but obesity and family history raise the risk, so go see your doctor today. S/he'll do an EKG. If negative, you can talk about your obesity and fam hist and improving your health. ...Read more

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Is heart disease genetic? My mom had a heart attack last year at age 62. She's doing ok, but now I am worried that I am more likely to get heart disease, too..

Is heart disease genetic? My mom had a heart attack last year at age 62. She's doing ok, but now I am worried that I am more likely to get heart disease, too..

Historically: Historically what we know about heart disease risk came from data obtained through the framingham heart study (see link below) and it was typically felt that a family history of premature heart disease before the age of 55-60 conferred increased risk. Follow up studies have suggested that any family history in first degree relatives likely increases your risk. This is but one of several risk factors however and your personal factors such as age, gender, smoking history, cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes also play significant, and probably greater roles. You can't change your genetics, age, or gender but you certainly can change the other modifiable risk factors. ...Read more

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Can rotting teeth cause heart disease or a heart attack?

Can rotting teeth cause heart disease or a heart attack?

Yes: In addition to a correlation of periodontal disease and heart disease, decayed teeth that result in dental infections that go untreated can cause heart problems.
There can be a spread of infection via fascial planes to the mediastinum, resulting in heart problems and death. ...Read more

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Tell me heart attack risk factors and coronary heart disease symptoms?

Tell me heart attack risk factors and coronary heart disease symptoms?

Google it: Rf: smoking, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history etc. Symptoms: chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations etc. You really will get much more on the internet than I can give you in this box, this is a huge topic! ...Read more

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Alcahol dependance with coronory heart disease mid LAD 60% how dangerous is that drinking about 8 cans a night like. Scared of heart attack help. .

Alcahol dependance with coronory heart disease mid LAD 60% how dangerous is that drinking about 8 cans a night like. Scared of heart attack help. .

Alcoholism ; CAD: 8 cans a night with 60% LAD obstruction, you have to quit drinking. Please get some help with your doctor. ...Read more

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My dad has heart disease, having had heart attack and triple bypass surgery a few years ago. Is heart disease hereditary? Should I be concerned?

My dad has heart disease, having had heart attack and triple bypass surgery a few years ago. Is heart disease hereditary? Should I be concerned?

Can be: Yes it can be but good healthy lifestyle; no smoking, aerobic exercise like walking 20-30min/day average, healthy normal weight, no excess drinking alcohol, for woman 12 oz beer or 6 oz wine or 1 shot liquor only /day. Get lipid profile, cvc cmp labs, see your dr for keg, do stress test if any chest pain see cardiologist ...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


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