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Is it possible to have a heart attack without any warning signs? Symptoms of heart attack (dizziness, anxiety, cough, fainting, etc) are very similar to other conditions, how can I figure out if those are signs of heart attack?

Is it possible to have a heart attack without any warning signs? Symptoms of heart attack  (dizziness, anxiety, cough, fainting, etc) are very similar to other conditions, how can I figure out if those are signs of heart attack?

Chest : Chest pressure, shortness of breath, nausea, and sweating are the most common symptoms of a heart attack. Some people will describe it as feeling like indigestion, or may have aching in the arms, jaw, shoulder, or upper back. The likelihood of a heart attack increases as the number of symptoms increase, and the probability is also higher in someone over the age of forty. These symptoms are also more worrisome in people who smoke, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or a family history of heart disease. However, it is quite possible to have a heart attack with few or mild symptoms, and while less common, they can occur in people under the age of forty. Unfortunately, many other conditions can produce symptoms that are similar or identical to a heart attack, including heartburn, panic attacks, collapsed lungs, and pulmonary embolism. It may be impossible to distinguish a heart attack from other conditions without testing, even for a seasoned physician. For this reason, you should seek care immediately if these symptoms occur. Unexplained fainting should always be checked out promptly. Similarly, chest discomfort or difficulty breathing that lasts more than 10-15 minutes is grounds for going to the nearest emergency room. ...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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After a heart attack and CHF no congestion no cough 3 months later coughing and congestion 6 months after that no congestion and coughing. What is it?

After a heart attack and CHF no congestion no cough 3 months later coughing and congestion 6 months after that no congestion and coughing. What is it?

MI/CHF: One could speculate on the possibilities. There are however several of these. You need to discuss this with your doctor and go from there. There may need to be further tests depending on what has already been done. ...Read more

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My Dad: heart attack 2.5 yrs ago LBBB AS inoperable, 90% blockage in 3 valves 87yrs old Now severe cough when eating, makes him shake. Prognosis?

My Dad: heart attack 2.5 yrs ago 
LBBB  AS  inoperable, 90% blockage in 3 valves 87yrs old
Now severe cough when eating, makes him shake. Prognosis?

Dad 85 CAD etc: Sorry to hear about your Dad's problems. Only his physician can give an estimate of his long term prognosis. The issues he suffers from run in families and thus in your family tree. You cannot change your family history but you do not have to repeat it. Learn to feed the roots of your family tree to avoid getting his problems. I would consult with your Dr to see how to hand other factors in you. ...Read more

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Dad ex-smoker developed a heart attack and had a stent inserted, he has diabetes and his condition worsened to CHF with ejaculation fraction20%, cough?

Dad ex-smoker developed a heart attack and had a stent inserted, he has diabetes and his condition worsened to CHF with ejaculation fraction20%, cough?

Unclear: A cough is nonspecific but given the low ejection fraction his cough could be a sign of acute heart failure, especially if accompanied with difficulty breathing with exertion or lying down or swelling of the legs. He should probably be evaluated. ...Read more

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Heart attacks: can coughing save life during a heart attack?

Heart attacks: can coughing save life during a heart attack?

No.: Coughing would decrease the risk of having a heart attack or lessening the consequences of a heart attack. Please don't count it as a remedy! ...Read more

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Micro card heart attack after three times what diseases will be? To my dad three times he has a heart attack in there constantly coughing please answe

Micro card heart attack after three times what diseases will be? To my dad three times he has a heart attack in there constantly coughing please answe

Coughing post MI: If i understand correctly, your dad has had 3 heart attacks and now constantly coughs. It may be due to congestive heart failure or even due to a medication he may be on. He needs to see his doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...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