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Can chest pain from heart block lead to heart attack?

Can chest pain from heart block lead to heart attack?

Perhaps: Heart block is an electrical term with brady cardia. Heart blockage is atherosclerosis with coronary artery obstruction which leads to possibility of heart attacks. Chest pain is a symptom from several things, but angina and heart attack are in that list. ...Read more

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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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Can spasm & nerve problems cause a stroke or heart attack?

Can spasm & nerve problems cause a stroke or heart attack?

Coronary: Coronary arteries can spasm and if duration long enough damage can be done. If identified during work up there is treatment . Most heart attacks are atherosclerotic and thrombotic. Migraines and headaches can relate to spasm, but brain damage from those is unusual. ...Read more

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Is armpit pain a heart attack?

Is armpit pain a heart attack?

Unlikely: Usually heart attack pain is felt in the left jaw, down the left arm, and/or across the left chest and may be accompanied by nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness, palpitations or passing out. Sometimes it can be a vague sensation in the chest or like heartburn, and sometimes there's no pain at all. Armpit pain would more likely be muscular or a swollen lymph node. If in doubt, check it out! ...Read more

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Left arm pain and numbness accompanying fast heart rate (anxiety or mi)?

Left arm pain and numbness accompanying fast heart rate (anxiety or mi)?

It could either one: Of them, but i presume it is heart related and have it checked then if not we are safe we could with the treatment of anxiety.Thanks. ...Read more

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Describe how finger tingling and shoulder pain acts due to a impending heart attack.

Describe how finger tingling and shoulder pain acts due to a impending heart attack.

Referred pain: Occurs when the nerve roots that form a nerve or the nerve that goes to the internal body part also has branches to another area in the skin. The heart has a nerve supply like any other muscle and some of those nerves share a common nerve root with the shoulder and the inside of the arm and forearm. The picture sums it up. If you are worried about this see a medical provider right away. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Can arm pain alone indicate a heart attack?

Can arm pain alone indicate a heart attack?

Sure: It's not the most common, but not everyone reads the books and atypical symptoms without chest pain can possibly be a heart attack. ...Read more

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What distinguishes a heart attack from heart failure?

Different conditions: A heart attack is an occlusion of a coronary artery that leads to no blood supply to part of the heart muscle which can lead to permanent heart damage. This can lead to heart failure which is a drop in the pumping action of the heart leading to shortness of breath, leg swelling , fatigue. This can also be caused by valvular heart disease. ...Read more

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What causes chest pain and rapid heart rate during a panic attack?

What causes chest pain and rapid heart rate during a panic attack?

Panic: You are flooded with adrenaline, which would normally occur in fight or flight stress responses, when you are faced with life or death emergencies. This activates nerves supplying muscles in heart and elsewhere. If the heart muscles blood supply is compromised, pain or even angina can occur. But initially, the lactate from metabolism of glycogen as an energy supply can cause muscle pain. ...Read more

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A heart attack or angina? What are the differences in symptoms between a heart attack and angina?

A heart attack or angina? What are the differences in symptoms between a heart attack and angina?

Angina : Angina and heart attack symptoms are both the result of reduced blood flow to heart muscle. Both can result in chest pain, pressure or squeezing that can radiate into the neck, jaw or arm and can be accompanied by other symptoms such as sweating, dizziness, or nausea. There are important differences though. Angina is brought on by exertion and relieved by rest or certain medications, such as nitroglycerin. It is the result of chronic cholesterol buildup in one or more of the coronary arteries, which restricts adequate blood flow to heart muscle during periods of increased activity. Angina usually resolves within 15 minutes of stopping activity or taking nitroglycerin. When someone experiences angina for the first time, or when their angina is provoked more easily this is called unstable angina and requires immediate medical attention. As opposed to angina, heart attacks happen suddenly and the symptoms can be more severe and persist much longer. Heart attacks are a result of a sudden blockage of the coronary blood vessel, typically by a ruptured cholesterol plaque. Heart attack symptoms persist until the blockage resolves, or if it does not resolve, until the heart muscle dies. Not all patients with heart attacks have angina prior. Heart attacks are a medical emergency and always require immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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How does a heart attack cause shooting pain down the left arm?

How does a heart attack cause shooting pain down the left arm?

Classically: Angina pectoris =substernal pressure, pain with radiation to the neck or left or right arm and shoulder. Some will have abdominal pain-and be confused with gallbladder or stomach symptoms. Ladies seem to have less classic// or tolerate pain better than men. Relief with Nitroglycerin is very suggestive. A feeling of impending doom, pallor, sweating suggest a bad day! ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Neuralgia (Definition)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more