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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

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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


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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. These links may help: http://goo.Gl/fxk4i and http://goo.Gl/ufpii. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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


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