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Is it possible for a person having a heart attack and not know it?

Is it possible for a person having a heart attack and not know it?

Absolutely: One of the best known research studies to examine this issue was the framingham heart study. In the study, several thousand people were followed for 50 years. One quarter of all patients with heart attacks did not have symptoms that were recognized by the patient and were not admitted to the hospital. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is 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


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Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck pain but experience no chest pain?

Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck pain but experience no chest pain?

Similar: More commonly: anterior crushing pressure with arm extension- radiation. Angina= neck pain or "feeling" impending doom! anxiety shortness of breath diaphoresis ='sweaty clammy nothing- ladies dismiss any symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck and jaw pain but no chest pain?

Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck and jaw pain but no chest pain?

Anginal equivalent: Yes, it is absolutely possible for heart attack victims to have neck or jaw pain as their presenting symptoms. In fact, patients who a diabetic run a risk of having no symptoms at all. While chest pressure or pain is the most common symptom, anginal equivalent such as neck pain, extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or shortness of breath may be symptoms as well. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck and jaw pain but no chest pain? I also have tmj

Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck and jaw pain but no chest pain? I also have tmj

Yes: Neck and jaw pain without chest pain would be considered an "atypical" presentation but it does happen. Remember that a heart attack can (and does in 30-50% of cases) have no pain. Other symptoms that commonly accompany heart attacks are: breathlessness, cold-clammy sweat, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Recurring pain is not likely your heart since frequent recurrent heart attacks are unlikely. ...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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Nonveg food allowed for heart attack person?

Nonveg food allowed for heart attack person?

Yes: You do not need to be a vegetarian to follow a heart healthy diet. That being said, you definitely want to incorporate lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your nutritional plan. While you may can have some lean meats, non-fat dairy, you will want to minimize saturated and trans fats and emphasize mono and polyunsaturated fats. You will also wants to eat lots of whole grains and some nuts. ...Read more

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Can a person survive a massage heart attack?

Can a person survive a massage heart  attack?

Possible: You mean massive heart attack. It means relatively more loss of heart muscle. If they are lucky , they may survive, but will need tremendous change of life style, diet , medications, activity level. Each person is different and may be a bypass surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more