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My mom found out she had a heart attack and didn't even know it. Is this common?

My mom found out she had a heart attack and didn't even know it. Is this common?

Yes: Some people have silent heart attacks, which are usually small ones and which usually occur in patients with nerve problems, like diabetic neuropathy, or are taking pain medications ... Or else, she felt the symptoms but did not think she was having a heart attack, which can happen in women who sometimes have atypical chest pains ... ...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 heart disease genetic? My mom had a heart attack last year at age 62. She's doing ok, but now I am worried that I am more likely to get heart disease, too. .

Is heart disease genetic? My mom had a heart attack last year at age 62. She's doing ok, but now I am worried that I am more likely to get heart disease, too. 

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Historically : Historically what we know about heart disease risk came from data obtained through the framingham heart study (see link below) and it was typically felt that a family history of premature heart disease before the age of 55-60 conferred increased risk. Follow up studies have suggested that any family history in first degree relatives likely increases your risk. This is but one of several risk factors however and your personal factors such as age, gender, smoking history, cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes also play significant, and probably greater roles. You can't change your genetics, age, or gender but you certainly can change the other modifiable risk factors. ...Read more

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What to do if my mom gets a heart attack?

What to do if my mom gets a heart attack?

Call 911: Get help. Learn CPR and have her evaluated and know her history and risks. ...Read more

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Could cipro (ciprofloxacin) cause my mom to have a massive heart attack?

Could cipro (ciprofloxacin) cause my mom to have a massive heart attack?

Heart Attack: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) should not cause a massive heart attack. There could be a massive allergy reaction, but that doesn't seem likely. ...Read more

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Could cipro (ciprofloxacin) have caused my mom to have a massive heart attack?

Could cipro (ciprofloxacin) have caused my mom to have a massive heart attack?

No: Unless she suffered an anaphyllactic reaction, the underlying reason for which Cipro (ciprofloxacin) was given could be a triggering factor. Heart attacks are caused by acute coronary artery occlusions secondary to plaque rupture and subsequent thrombosis. Blood can not reach a part of the heart and the part starts dying. If there was a life threatening infection, like pneumonia, in the presenceofcoronarydisease. ...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