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What is angina, chest wall pain and a mild heart attack?

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What is angina, chest wall pain and a mild heart attack?

Angina: Angina is chest pain that occurs when there is a partial blockage of one of the coronary arteries. This is as opposed to heart attack when there is a near total occlusion. ...Read more

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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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Chest pain from anxiety, aching muscles, heart failure or what?

Chest pain from anxiety, aching muscles, heart failure or what?

Quality of pain: The answer is the type or quality of pain being felt. The location, severity, onset, precipitating factors etc all can help medical personnel figure out whats going on. Sudden crushing chest pain radiating to the jaw or down an arm is easily distinguishable from a sore rib that hurts when pushed. ...Read more

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Esophageal. Spasm, heart attack or angina?

Esophageal. Spasm, heart attack or angina?

May be hard to tell: If the chest pain is caused by swallowing, especially something very hot or very cold, then most likely esophageal spasm. If the chest pain is caused by exertion, then most likely angina or heart attack. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder attack replicate heart symptoms? Chest pain, shortness of breath etc?

Can gallbladder attack replicate heart symptoms? Chest pain, shortness of breath etc?

Yes: Yes. It is not unusual for a patient presenting with heart attack like symptoms, to ultimately be found to have gallstones or other gastrointestinal disorder after cardiac is ruled out. ...Read more

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Tiny vsd.Cardiac workup shows possible past heart attack.Having heart cath 4 constant chest pressure/shortness of breath.Possible discomfort causes?

Tiny vsd.Cardiac workup shows possible past heart attack.Having heart cath 4 constant chest pressure/shortness of breath.Possible discomfort causes?

Chest pain not from : Chest pain possibly from ASHD or blocked coronary arteries. What showed possible old heart attack if this was an ekg this is not that accurate. If it was and echocardiogram or cardiac sonogram that showed prior heart muscle damage that is probable accurate. Cardiac cath should tell you if you have blocked arteries and how significant they are. If borderline blockages are found a wire can be passed. ...Read more

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Are chest muscle spasms a sign of heart attack?

Are chest muscle spasms a sign of heart attack?

Not usually....: A heart attack occurs when there is a decrease in the blood flow to the heart itself. Symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain or pressure that can radiate to the jaw, shortness of breath, sweating, etc. Spasms of the chest wall muscles can happen for many reasons, including after a lot of coughing, and is not usually a sign of a heart attack. If you have chest pain, see your doctor or er! ...Read more

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Is chest pain alone symptom of heart attack?

Is chest pain alone symptom of heart attack?

Not always: Chest pain is a classic symptom of a heart attack, particularly mid-sternal, crushing or pressure-type pain radiating to the neck, jaw or arm. But other symptoms are common, including: nausea, diaphoresis (heavy, cold sweats), shortness of breath, dizziness, even abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Heart attack vs. Indigestion?

Heart attack vs. Indigestion?

Sometimes: Difficult to tell. In olden days, people frequently died of indigestion that was really a heart attack. See ur md to begin ur evakuation. www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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Chest pain and muscle aches. Heart attacks don't give you muscle aches elsewhere, right?

Chest pain and muscle aches. Heart attacks don't give you muscle aches elsewhere, right?

They can...: Rarely, as the heart muscle receives less oxygen carried by (usually) blocked arteries (which causes a heart attack), the heart pumps less blood to the body. When this happens, it is possible to get muscle cramps, just like when you run a distance and blood flow can't keep up with muscle demand. ...Read more

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Having inner left arm pain intermittently after exertion. Some heart palpitations and tightness across chest. Is this a heart attack?

Tricky: Bayesian analysis is the likelihood of something is the product of how strong the evidence TIMES how likely the thing is to begin with. Great speech*0% noncorrupt politician is still zero likelihood . In theory, exercise induced pain in chest radiating down the arm is classic for heart. Rare heart attacks in young people without cocaine or meth use, but more than honest pols. Get Checked Out. ...Read more

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Signs of heart attack in womenchest discomfort, irregular heart beat, pain in shoulder, weak, tired?

Signs of heart attack in womenchest discomfort, irregular heart beat, pain in shoulder, weak, tired?

Pain/short breating: The most common symptoms of a heart attack in women include pain in the chest, neck or arm and shortness of breath. Many patients do not have such typical presentations. Other common symptoms include sweating and nausea. Irregular heart beat is not a common symptom of a heart attack. Tiredness, weakness or fatigue are common in the general population, but are not usually due to a heart attack. ...Read more

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How does one tell the difference between cardiac chest pain and non-cardiac chest pain, i.E.--anxiety related, cardio phobic pain?

How does one tell the difference between cardiac chest pain and non-cardiac chest pain, i.E.--anxiety related, cardio phobic pain?

Cardiac vs anxiety: Panic attacks can develop rapidly ; include: marked anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness or pain; shortness of breath with hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; a sense of butterflies in the stomach, nausea or even vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; increased sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking. There may be difficulty swallowing or tight throat;. ...Read more

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41 female.Overweight.Recent incidents of heart palpitations, back pain, right arm & leg pain and weakness.Could this be heart related?Shortnessof breath

Alot going on: The palpitations are likely to be related to your heart. The back pain is atypical for heart disease. Leg pain is never related to heart disease. Weakness is a non-specific symptom caused my myriad issues. Shortness of breath should be further evaluated - it requires a detailed look as there are many causes. ...Read more

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Random twinges of neck pain on either side. Mild left side chest cramp/arm pain. Good EKG, heart enzymes, and chest xray. 21, active. Heart problem?

Random twinges of neck pain on either side. Mild left side chest cramp/arm pain. Good EKG, heart enzymes, and chest xray. 21, active. Heart problem?

Neck pain: It is very unlikely at your age for chest pain to be related to your heart, especially with a normal workup. If you have been weight training, you may have muscle strain in the neck and chest. Are you anxious? Some folks get chest pain and it is due to panic attacks that come unexpectantly. If that could be the case, see your doctor. Take Ibuprofen 400mg 3x/day with food for muscle strain. ...Read more

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Pain in right arm ...fatigue..HBP...coronary heart disease...bad headache?

Pain in right arm ...fatigue..HBP...coronary heart disease...bad headache?

Known coronary: artery disease, fatigue, and hypertension, with any new upper body pain raise concern for accelerated angina. You need to have medical evaluation immediately. ...Read more

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Could a heart attack cause right side chest pain that radiates?

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Could a heart attack cause right side chest pain that radiates?

Usually not: Chest pain arising out of a heart attack is usually in the mid sternal region or left sided, very rarely right sided chest pain. ...Read more

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Does burping with chest pain signify a heart attack?

Hard to tell: Some patients with real heart attacks have associated sweating, nausea, burping, difficulty breathing. Not having these symptoms does not mean your not having a heart attack. Classic sudden onset of chest pain or pressure radiating to the jaw or down an arm is classic. ...Read more

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Would heart race then go back to normal with a heart attack ? Chest tightness, back pain, diarrhea. Or panic attack ?

Not typical: Change in heart rate is not something people who are having a heart attack usually report. Chest tightness or pressure is, often associated with activity that increases the heart rate. Low back pain or diarrhea would not be a sign of heart attack, but mid-back pain can be a symptom of a heart issue, especially a problem with the large chest artery, the aorta. Anxiety probable; pursue evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart are blocked so that the heart is no longer ...Read more


Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

The chest resides between the neck & abdomen. Chest pain refers to ...Read more