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Symptom of heart attack?

Symptom of heart attack?

Lots of things: Chest pain, with or without radiation to the arms, back, shoulders or jaw, sweating, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure and shortness of breath tend to be the most common. ...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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How long could impending doom symptom last before heart attack?

How long could impending doom symptom last before heart attack?

Briefly: It is in evolution when that symptom comes along. Pallor, pain, diaphoresis, feel really bad! ...Read more

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Have experienced many symptom of a heart attack, does it mean i'm going to have one?

Have experienced many symptom of a heart attack, does it mean i'm going to have one?

Doctor can evaluate: Doctors cannot predict when a particular patient will have a heart attack. Doctors usually talk about the risk of having a heart attack. If a patient has a 25% chance of a heart attack in 2013, that means out of 4 such patients, 1 will have a heart attack. However, 3 out of 4 such patients should not have a heart attack that year. A doctor can evaluate probable heart attack symptoms, right away. ...Read more

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Symptom of stroke or heart attack?

Symptom of stroke or heart attack?

what's the question?: Apologies, but what exactly are you asking? If you are concerned about either and feel that you have symptoms, you need to go to the emergency room or see your pcp to be examined. ...Read more

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Why is nausea a symptom of a heart attack? What exactly causes the nausea?

Why is nausea a symptom of a heart attack? What exactly causes the nausea?

Variable: Nausea is not a major one, but with right coronary, abdominal pain and nausea may occur. Similarly with low blood pressure or pulse nausea can occur.Symptoms: chest and neck and left arm pain can all occur elephant sitting on your chest shortness of breath fatigue anxiety fear some are asymptomatic signs: cold clammy low pulse rate, or fast irregular sudden death, . ...Read more

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Had a heart checkup 3 years ago, all well. Now I feel i'm having heart attack symptom. Is it possible for heart to deteriorate in 3 years?

Had a heart checkup  3 years ago, all well. Now I feel i'm having heart attack symptom. Is it possible for heart to deteriorate in 3 years?

Possible: In you age it is rather unusual to have coronary artery disease. If you have strong family history of heart attack, very abnormal levels of cholesterol and unhealthy life style - it is possible for you to have heart attack. ...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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Can respiration of 40 per minute be dangerous? If so how? Could it be a symptom of stroke or heart attack?

Can respiration of 40 per minute be dangerous? If so how? Could it be a symptom of stroke or heart attack?

Yes dangerous: If heart attack causes heart failure like pulmonary edema it can cause tachypnea resp rate of 30 to 40. Stroke can also cause some time central nervous system to accelerate. Resp rate or some time massive stroke causes brain edema and increased intracranial. Pressure and increased resp. Rate. Sometimes stroke causes upper airway. Obstruction by lots of secretions in throat and it causes tachp. ...Read more

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Are blue lips a symptom of a heart attack?

Are blue lips a symptom of a heart attack?

Not really: Cyanosis may occur with cold, hypoxia, shock, pulmonary disease, emphysema. So, it is significant to identify and seek the specific cause. Blue babies were identifiers of congenital heart disease. ...Read more

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Can sudden heartburn be a symptom Of a heart attack?

Can sudden heartburn be a symptom
Of a heart attack?

Heart: MI: yes, heartburn and like symptoms can be due to cardiac causes, all inexplicable instances of chest discomfort mandate investigation as to causal mechanism and appropriate intervention. Detailed history as well as examination and judicious testing are needed especially at your age demographic ...Read more

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Could jaw pain alone be a symptom of heart attack?

Yes: Most people will still have the chest pressure but some people complain of the pain the jaw or the arm alone, still usually with other symptoms as feeling short of breath or sweating although even that is variable. ...Read more

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I have heard that tingling in the fingers can be a symptom of a heart attack in women.Is this true?

I have heard that tingling in the fingers can be a symptom of a heart attack in women.Is this true?

Not true: Even if some one with tingling in fingers have heart attack, it has no co relation with mi. These are 2 different ailments ...Read more

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To have a heart attack you do not have to have chest pain. can you have a heart attack while just feeling skipped beats as the only symptom?

To have a heart attack you do not have to have chest pain. can you have a heart attack while just feeling skipped beats as the only symptom?

Unlikely: Hi MoeA645, Yes, many people who have heart attacks do not suffer the typical symptoms of chest pain, difficulty breathing, nausea & sweating. Still, it's very unlikely feeling just a few skipped beats means you are having a heart attack. You may have something called palpitations, which are often nothing to worry about. If the skipped beats occur often or with other symptoms, I'd see a doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best way to tell a really bad panic attack from a heart attack? What are some symptom differences to be able to tell which to tell?

What is the best way to tell a really bad panic attack from a heart attack? What are some symptom differences to be able to tell which to tell?

Panic attack: If you are 19y/o, it is almost always going to be a panic attack. If you have bad panic attacks, you need CBT or other therapy to handle this problem so you don't get old enough with them to have the dilemma of panic vs heart attack ...Read more

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Is upper back pain a possible symptom of a heart attack?

Is upper back pain a possible symptom of a heart attack?

Possible: It would be somewhat atypical as a symptom, but certainly possible. More concerning is the condition known as aortic dissection which commonly causes upper back pain. Of course numerous orthopedic conditions of the spine also cause this symptom. Get it checked out immediately if it is abrupt in onset and uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Is having off and on left side jaw pain a symptom of a heart attack?

Is having off and on left side jaw pain a symptom of a heart attack?

Possible: Possible, especially if associated with exercise. Rule out a heart problem by seeing your MD ASAP. Then see orals surgeon about jaw pain. ...Read more

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Is jaw pain alone a symptom of heart attack or does it have to be accompanied by other symptoms?

Is jaw pain alone a symptom of heart attack or does it have to be accompanied by other symptoms?

Variable: Some people can highlight feeling jaw pain and maybe having heart attack, and that is the minority of cases. Majority still will have chest pressure. Still even with jaw pain as the presenting symptom most of them still will have heavy sweating, feeling of sob or pain going to left arm. Now can jaw pain be the only symptom, never say never, yes, it can be. ...Read more

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If someone's having a heart attack. Wouldn't their blood pressure and pulse be low or they would have another prominent symptom right?

If someone's having a heart attack. Wouldn't their blood pressure and pulse be low or they would have another prominent symptom right?

Variable: During a heart attack, BP can be normal, high or low. Low, if due to injury, is a poor prognostic sign. Hr can be low (often occurs when the inferior wall is involved), normal or high. High is a bad prognostic sign. ...Read more

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I have some discomfort on my left side of my chest close to the elbow. Is it a sign or a symptom of heart attack? I am maybe 30 lbs overweight.

I have some discomfort on my left side of my chest close to the elbow. Is it a sign or a symptom of heart attack? I am maybe 30 lbs overweight.

It might be: Pain from angina (reversible ischemia) or a heart attack (irreversible ischemia) can present in different ways in different people. It is usually felt in the midline of the chest or back, but can also be felt in the left jaw, both jaws or the left arm but not typically on the left lateral chest. Pain or pressure in the chest that is brought on by activity should be checked out. ...Read more

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Can heart attack happen to a non smoker 30 y male with all normal cardiac test results and no fam hist, have anxiety... no symptom but worried..

Can heart attack happen to a non smoker 30 y male with all normal cardiac test results and no fam hist, have anxiety... no symptom but worried..

Highly unlikely: While nothing is impossible, a heart attack is highly unlikely in a 30 year old with normal cardiac tests, a negative family history, and no symptoms. It sounds like your unfounded anxiety is the problem you need to deal with and not the risk of cardiovascular disease at this point. ...Read more

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I am the nervous type. Have jaw pain can be a symptom of a heart attack? But what I also have tmj?

I am the nervous type. Have jaw pain can be a symptom of a heart attack? But what I also have tmj?

Probabilities: Odds are jaw pain is just due to pain in the jaw (eg tmj). You're right that people with angina may get pain that spreads from their chest to their jaw and, less often, can get just jaw pain alone, but what is causing your pain depends on your profile. Are you at risk for heart disease? Can't answer that here of course - you need to be evaluated by your family doctor. ...Read more

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Dull ache in left upper back near shoulder blade. Worried about heart attack as I have read women often complain of this as a symptom?

Dull ache in left upper back near shoulder blade.  Worried about heart attack as I have read women often complain of this as a symptom?

Very unlikely: At your age - 31 - it is very unlikely that you would have disease of the blood vessels in the heart causing blockages and pain in chest or rarely back. Young women can sometimes have heart disease, but almost always there are risk factors which include smoking (major risk), use of oral contraceptives, strong family history, diabetes, high cholesterol+/or high BP. In their absence, very unlikely. ...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