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Is there any way to tell if someone died of a heart attack without an autopsy?

Is there any way to tell if someone died of a heart attack without an autopsy?

No: An electrocardiogram or bloodwork or imaging may make the diagnosis certain before death. Otherwise, a variety of illnesses from pulmonary thromboembolization to collapsed lung to pneumonia to homicidal poisoning can mimic it. ...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


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How many people died of a heart attack last year?

How many people died of a heart attack last year?

Too many: About 600, 000 people died last year in usa from heart disease.
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I have sporatic heart area pain, tightness during stressful situations and as I am engaged in sex for the past 3 weeks. I am 58 years old, my brother at 57 just died of a heart attack, mio-infarction and my father died of a massive stroke 5 years ago.

I have sporatic heart area pain, tightness during stressful situations and as I am engaged in sex for the past 3 weeks. I am 58 years old, my brother at 57 just died of a heart attack, mio-infarction and my father died of a massive stroke 5 years ago.

Hello.: Hello. Chest pain and tightness can occur as a physiologic response to anxiety. However with your strong family history, it would be worth it to have a comprehensive evaluation to include an ekg and blood work, if you haven't done so. Take care. ...Read more

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What are my dad's risks if his mother died of a heart attack at 39 (his age now) and he has extremely low cholesterol (74:42) and high BP?

What are my dad's risks if his mother died of a heart attack at 39 (his age now) and he has extremely low cholesterol (74:42) and high BP?

Hard to say: When there is heart disease at an early age that does tend to increase the risk of heart disease in offspring. That is a risk factor that you cannot modify but to work on the ones you can. This is something you can discuss with your doctor, ...Read more

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I know someone who died of ischemia. What caused the sudden heart attack?

I know someone who died of ischemia. What caused the sudden heart attack?

Plaque rupture: Most are progressive narrowing to the point of serious impairment of coronary blood flow with exercize etc. Causing angina or heart attack
some are acute thrombus on a plaque or elevation of the plaque like a trap, door- dissection or rupture of the built up area of disease. ...Read more

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Someone I know in his 40s died suddenly & unexpectedly of a heart attack. I'm scared. Are these incidences really rare in healthy people?

Someone I know in his 40s died suddenly & unexpectedly of a heart attack. I'm scared. Are these incidences really rare in healthy people?

These incidents are: Very rare in "healthy" individuals. Unfortunately you need a good definition of healthy. EKG normal, heart pumping function normal, non smoker, exercise. Etc. Discuss with your health care provider since he/she knows your health history and risk factors. ...Read more

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What is my risk of a heart attack? My father died suddenly and I am anxious this will happen at any moment.

What is my risk of a heart attack? My father died suddenly and I am anxious this will happen at any moment.

Anxiety: May be more of an issue than cardiac risk. Please have your doc check you out and when cleared a clinical psychologist can help w/anxiety management. Please remember than many people who have relatives who died of cardiac disease live long and health lives, I'm one of them. ...Read more

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Fan died of apparent heart attack at stadium. Was a hot day. Did heat contribute or was this man likely to die that day (or soon) no matter what?

Fan died of apparent heart attack at stadium. Was a hot day. Did heat contribute or was this man likely to die that day (or soon) no matter what?

Who knows?: We know nothing about this man, his medical history, what medications he was on, if was intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, etc. Impossible to say. He could have been dying of cancer and wanted to see one last game. Anything is possible. ...Read more

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Can weight lifting affect the heart??? I ve heard some people died by heart attack from weight lifting and just want to make sure if its the cause or just some non sense

Can weight lifting affect the heart??? I ve heard some people died by heart attack from weight lifting and just want to make sure if its the cause or just some non sense

If you: Have no contraindications to vigorous activity, weight training as a component of a sensible exercise program will have positive effects on your heart and the rest of your body. If you have physical limitations, consult with your doctor and/or a trainer to learn how you can exercise safely, and whether weight training is appropriate. ...Read more

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My dad died at age 55 of a massive heart attack. Does this mean I will have a heart attack? I'm a female age 35

My dad died at age 55 of a massive heart attack. Does this mean I will have a heart attack? I'm a female age 35

No it doesn't: While genetics can play a role in heart disease (for good or bad) this can be offset by lifestyle. We know much more about living a healthy lifestyle than our parents generation. Have a full physical with your M.D. Discuss your concerns and plot out a course that will keep you in good health well past 55. ...Read more

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Friend died suddenly at age 42 from heart attack. I have high cholesterol and am worried. How can young people just have heart attacks and what risks?

Heart attack: Every persons risk for heart attack is different. Doctor can do cardiovascular risk assessment and identify if anything can be done to reduce risk. Some are modifiable and non modifiable risk factors for heart attack. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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My grandpa died from a heart attack even after they didresuscitation about 15 minutes later. Should they havekept trying?

My grandpa died from a heart attack even after they didresuscitation about 15 minutes later. Should they havekept trying?

No: If he was resuscitated properly according to the protocols, and he did not come back in 15 min, it is usual practice to stop the code. ...Read more

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My mother recently died from a heart attack while having a stroke during dialysis. How could this be?

My mother recently died from a heart attack while having a stroke during dialysis. How could this be?

Not sure: Not sure what happened. Heart attack can cause a stroke but not the other way around. You should talk to her doctor who may be able to give you the most likely chain of events. ...Read more

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My father died from a heart attack. How can I keep track of my heart health?

My father died from a heart attack. How can I keep track of my heart health?

Risk assessment: A good knowledge of your risk factors (of which family history is clearly one). Knowing your status with regards to traditional factors, like cholesterol profile, diabetes, and blood pressure. Lifestyle indicators like exercise tolerance, smoking, etc. Further risk delineation might be possible with advanced screening modalities such as stress testing and coronary ct angiography might help too. ...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

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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My father died had of a heart attack, and I believe my great grandpa did too on my moms side. What are the best ways to avoid heart failure for myself?

My father died had of a heart attack, and I believe my great grandpa did too on my moms side. What are the best ways to avoid heart failure for myself?

Control risk factors: Heart attack and heart failure are different. Ha can lead to hf. As you realize your risks are higher. Knowing the potential problem is the first step. Exercise (resistance and cardio), weight control, and no smoking are important. The proper diet is important. Cut out sugar and eat a balanced diet in protein complex carbs and health fats. Find a good doctor you can trust and work w/them. ...Read more

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If no one is around and you get a heart attack in the pool, you are dead?

If no one is around and you get a heart attack in the pool, you are dead?

If a tree falls...: If your alone in a pool how will anyone know you had a heart attack?
Seriously, if you have chest pain call 911 and get help. Go to american heart association website and learn about the signs of heart attacks. ...Read more

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Friend, 63 dropped dead at work of heart attack. Smoker & drinker but thin. Likely CAD or sudden death vtach type? Would he have had warning (pain)?

Friend, 63 dropped dead at work of heart attack. Smoker & drinker but thin. Likely CAD or sudden death vtach type? Would he have had warning (pain)?

Not always: Cardiac arrest and or an arrhythmia do not always have warning signs. Every person is different and presents in different ways. A heart attack classically presents with some combination of chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, sweating, shaking heart racing or none of the above. ...Read more

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Dad heart attack 54, mom stroke 54, mom's mom died late 40 heart attack, dad's dad died late 50. All thin, low cholesterol, low bp. Microvascular?

Dad heart attack 54, mom stroke 54, mom's mom died late 40 heart attack, dad's dad died late 50. All thin, low cholesterol, low bp. Microvascular?

Cardiologist: You have described enough risk factors in your family history, heart rate and history of inflammation that you should consult a cardiologist for a proper investigation. The issue is not suitable for this forum as it requires in-person evaluation. ...Read more

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Thrombosis rca at p/mortem. No heart attack. Deceased died from sepsis complications. How possible to hav thrombosis? No H/Attack. Troponin level normal?

Thrombosis rca at p/mortem. No heart attack. Deceased died from sepsis complications. How possible to hav thrombosis? No H/Attack. Troponin level normal?

DIC? Hypotensive?: Hi. Sepsis is awful as you know from this case. Sepsis is accompanied by hypotension (low blood pressure), poor organ perfusion, and often disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC = initiation of clotting cascade). While sepsis is the killer, it's not hard to picture the low blood pressure, poor perfusion, and activated clotting pathway causing a thrombosis in the RCA right at time of death. ...Read more

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Suspenseful movies or occasional anger starts heartbeat in my throat. I'm a healthy 52 yr old pre-menopausal woman. Dad died at 52 of 2nd heart attack?

Suspenseful movies or occasional anger starts heartbeat in my throat. I'm a healthy 52 yr old pre-menopausal woman. Dad died at 52 of 2nd heart attack?

Palpitations?: If you are healthy, it's probably palpitations that could be caused by stress or anxiety. Obviously, yo9u should get it checked out by your gp or internist. ...Read more

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My dad died of bowel injury sepsis septic shock. Doc hid all and said dad had heart attack natural causes, pathologist in on it... public inquiry and

My dad died of bowel injury sepsis septic shock. Doc hid all and said dad had heart attack natural causes, pathologist in on it... public inquiry and

This is a serious: Allegation. I recommend that you report your concerns to your local medical society and/or the medical licensing board. They can initiate an independent investigation of your father's medical records and of his doctor's conduct and abilities. While sadly this won't bring your father back, it may prevent harm to someone else in the future.

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My dad died suddenly on mar 7th after having chest pain and numb legs, it was probably sudden cardiac death. He had a little heart attack 4 y ago and took seroquel, (quetiapine) can that be the reason?

My dad died suddenly on mar 7th after having chest pain and numb legs, it was probably sudden cardiac death. He had a little heart attack 4 y ago and took seroquel, (quetiapine) can that be the reason?

Heart history likely: So sorry you lost your dad. A history of heart attack and numb legs means probable coronary and peripheral artery disease, often known as "clogged arteries". Blockages (caused by cholesterol) in arteries interrupt blood flow cutting off oxygen to heart muscles that die. Seroquel (quetiapine) can increase cholesterol levels. Treatment is a balance of risks: using medication vs. Not treating diseases. ...Read more

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Acne and drinking, and also chest pains I have a direct family history of heart disease and heart problems on my dad's side of the family. My dad died from a massive heart attack in 2009. His mother did in 2004. His dad had one the same year in 2004 but he

You: You have extremely high blood pressure – a hypertensive crisis is often defined by a systolic blood pressure of 180 or higher or a diastolic blood pressure of 120 or higher. Blood pressure this high can damage blood vessels or lead to a stroke.
With a blood pressure as high as you have reported, you should seek immediate medical attention. Treatment for blood pressure this high may include hospitalization for treatment with intravenous (IV) medications.
I am very concerned that you will not live to be 50 unless you begin to control the risk factors that contribute to your mortality risk — smoking, high blood pressure, lack of exercise and alcohol consumption, if it is excessive. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Autopsy (Definition)

An autopsy is an examination of an individual after death to ascertain the cause of death. It can be a complete examination of all organs or a focussed examination of one (or several) organ (s). It may involve gross examination (features obvious to the naked eye) as well as microscopic examination of dissected tissues. The results are often released in the form ...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