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Could you have a normal pulse rate during a heart attack?

Could you have a normal pulse rate during a heart attack?

Yes: Pulse and blood pressure can be normal or also abnormal, that' s why we need additional testing to discern. ...Read more

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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Is it possible for symptoms to be heart attack related if my pulse and BP are normal?

Is it possible for symptoms to be heart attack related if my pulse and BP are normal?

Can be, but: Can be, but your pulse and BP will not be normal for long if you are truly having a heart attack. ...Read more

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My pulse was at 77 and it shot up to 150 after a cigarette and it wasn't coming down is that normal? I thought I was heart attack bound

My pulse was at 77 and it shot up to 150 after a cigarette and it wasn't coming down is that normal? I thought I was heart attack bound

Nicotine stimulation: Cigarette smoking is a stress on heart and lungs which are acting as a circulation and oxygenation unit for the body.
Nerves are stimulated by the chemicals inhaled and oxygen is deprived with smoke and such response is a heralding sign of early cardiac dysfunction.
Please get a stress test for your heart. ...Read more

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When I sleep at night I feel my heart is pumping very fast but my pulse is 85 bpm. I feel like I am going to have an heart attack but don't have pain.

When I sleep at night I feel my heart is pumping very fast but my pulse is 85 bpm. I feel like I am going to have an heart attack but don't have pain.

Palpitations: Sensation of your heart beat is not uncommon when we sleep and our heart is in closer proximity to our chest. Don't believe your are having a heart attack but consult a physician ...Read more

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Can lots of gas/indegistion be similar to heart attack? Like pain under left breast/heart beat under breast bone or maybe its my pulse. Any advice?

Can lots of gas/indegistion be similar to heart attack? Like pain under left breast/heart beat under breast bone or maybe its my pulse. Any advice?

Are you nineteen?: Unless you have diabetes or use cocaine, a heart attack at your age is unheard of. Indigestion mimics heart attacks quite commonly and it's likely that's what you're feeling ...Read more

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If I'm otherwise healthy and BP usually normal at rest, but pulse and BP get very high during anxiety or stress can it cause stroke or heart attack?

If I'm otherwise healthy and BP usually normal at rest, but pulse and BP get very high during anxiety or stress can it cause stroke or heart attack?

Good reason for Tx: In an otherwise healthy guy w/out BP problems I think it would be unlikely to result in stroke or heart attack, but not guaranteed, so.... Why not talk to a therapist to discover ways to deal w/ or avoid stress? It can really help. But find one you like and trust. I'd think it may be more helpful than pills in mild or moderate conditions. Meditation is also great to reduce stress. Best! ...Read more

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Muscular chest pain and pulse variation once in an hour related with heart attack? Pulse during treadmill jumps suddenly to 200 for a while.

Muscular chest pain and pulse variation once in an hour related with heart attack? Pulse during treadmill jumps suddenly to 200 for a while.

Chest pain: Chest pain during exertion is often a sign of heart disease. It is not always easy to distinguish muscle pain, chest wall pain, or esophageal pain, from heart pain. The heart rate normally increases during exercise, but a heart rate of 200 (if that's correct) in a 61 year old is almost certainly an abnormal heart rhythm. These boxes are too small for a proper consult; please get one. ...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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If someone is having a heart attack. Would the pulse oximeter show an oxygen sat level below normal range?

If someone is having a heart attack. Would the pulse oximeter show an oxygen sat level below normal range?

Not necessarily: If the heart attack is huge, the heart will not pump effectively and blood will not circulate normally, causing a low oxygen saturation. More commonly, the heart attack will be smaller and the heart will continue to pump effectively enough to get blood to the lungs and then to the body, keeping the oxygen saturation normal. ...Read more

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My resting pulse is always around 95-110 beats per minute. 90+ is very dangerous correct? Does this mean stroke/heart attack for my future? BP 130/85

My resting pulse is always around 95-110 beats per minute. 90+ is very dangerous correct? Does this mean stroke/heart attack for my future? BP 130/85

Not dangerous!: There is great variability in what is considered a "normal heart rate." Some very normal individuals run a heart rate of 90-110. Exercise, adequate sleep at night, avoiding stimulants such as caffeine all tend to lower the heart rate. ...Read more

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Is it worse to have a heart attack that you are unawear of and does this mean there will be more to come in the same way unawear 11/2 weeks ago I go a free blood panel and EKG done I am a 48 yr old female-weight 213.6 lbs.-height 63"- b/p 142/80- pulse 8

Is it worse to have a heart attack that you are unawear of and does this mean there will be more to come in the same way unawear 11/2 weeks ago I go a free blood panel and EKG done I am a 48 yr old female-weight 213.6 lbs.-height 63"- b/p 142/80- pulse 8

Hello.: Hello. Well, first off; although 25% of heart attacks can be "silent", yours was not. You had classic heart attack symptoms. If this ever happens again, it is absolutely imperative that you call 911. It sounds like you made it through this heart attack, but that doesn't mean that you will survive or not be crippled by a subsequent heart attack. There are free or sliding scales clinics through out the us. I suggest you research the clinics in your area. In the meantime, if you are a smoker - suggest that you quit. There is no simple way around the matter, you needs to obtain medical follow up. Take care. ...Read more

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What are the chances of survival after a massive heart attack followed by angioplasty that causes a cardiac arrest? Now ef 52%, BP 100/70 and pulse 68

What are the chances of survival after a massive heart attack followed by angioplasty that causes a cardiac arrest? Now ef 52%, BP 100/70 and pulse 68

Yes: There are a lot of variables that determine prognosis like;
time from when the heart attack started to when the angioplasty was done
the ef -52% is good
excercise capacity
symptom status
it would be important to be on a medical regimen to prevent a recurrence and then to try and go to cardiac rehab. ...Read more

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Age 38, pulse 84 to 98 /min. High cholesterol, 257, high b p. Of 135-90, what are risks of heart attack? Taking Tenormin (atenolol) 25 mg once a day since 5 days?

Age 38, pulse 84 to 98 /min. High cholesterol, 257, high b p. Of 135-90, what are risks of heart attack? Taking Tenormin (atenolol) 25 mg once a day since 5 days?

Elevated: Good that non smoking, but BP and pulse need attention.
Cardiac rehab- cardiac conditioning will be helpful
weight control as well. ...Read more

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Can a heart attack feel like sharp shooting muscular pain rather than inner chest pain. Like maybe I've slept folded up? Pulse is strong and steady.

Can a heart attack feel like sharp shooting muscular pain rather than inner chest pain. Like maybe I've slept folded up? Pulse is strong and steady.

Chest pain: There are many things that can cause chest pain. Sharp shooting pain as you stated is usually musculoskeletal in nature, either from muscles or ribs. Angina or chest pain is usually a pressure or heaviness that comes and goes. Other issues such as pneumonia or pleurisy can cause sharp chest pain also, but have different symptoms associate with them. ...Read more

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Since I was put on Prednisone 3 days ago I have bouts of my whole body pulsing my head feels like it explode I am scared I will have a heart attack?

Since I was put on Prednisone 3 days ago I have bouts of my whole body pulsing my head feels like it explode I am scared I will have a heart attack?

Prednisone: Prednisone can certainly have the side effects you describe. It will not cause you to have a heart attack. It makes some people feel very nervous, like they can't sit still or they are shaking inside yet when they look at their hands they are not shaking. I would talk to the physician who gave you this medicine to make sure you need it, but do not stop it on your own. ...Read more

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Taking Xanax (alprazolam) 4 emergency panics. B/p & pulse go pretty high, when having worrisome thoughts. Am I at risk for stroke/heart attack? Shud I see dr. 4 blood pressure? Seems when I'm calm it's normal b/p.

Taking Xanax (alprazolam) 4 emergency panics. B/p & pulse go pretty high, when having worrisome thoughts. Am I at risk for stroke/heart attack? Shud I see dr. 4 blood pressure? Seems when I'm calm it's normal b/p.

Yes: Sympathetic nervous system activation and the hpa axis are consistent with panic, as well as elevated blood pressure, reduced digestion, tingling on the skin surface, changes in pupils, etc., which pass after the panic. It still is a good idea to see your doctor about this and consider individual therapy rather than just using xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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Can low blood pressure & pulse from beta blocker cause heart attack or stroke?

Can low blood pressure & pulse from beta blocker cause heart attack or stroke?

Yes: It the blood pressure is too low or the pulse is too low, the answer is yes. You need an adequate opening or closing pressure for the arteries to have blood running. ...Read more

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My blood pressure is 108 over 63 with chest pain could I still be having a heart attack? Pulse is 63 a And I have used nitro spray which helps

My blood pressure is 108 over 63 with chest pain could I still be having a heart attack? Pulse is 63 a And I have used nitro spray which helps

Possible: You can be having a heart attack with ANY blood pressure. It neither rules it in nor out. Nitro spray helping is also non-specific since nitro spray also helps acid reflux and esophagitis. If you think you might be having a heart attack, the only option is to go to the ER. Since someone gave you Nitro spray, clearly you have been evaluated. Without that information, further advice isn't possible. ...Read more

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Had EKG during panic attack- "tachycardia V rate over 99- consider anterior infarct, diminished r<0.15mV V3" cardio says im ok- was this heart attack?

Had EKG during panic attack- "tachycardia V rate over 99- consider anterior infarct, diminished r<0.15mV V3" cardio says im ok- was this heart attack?

No: If it was a cardiac event, they'd certainly have identified it. You need to trust your Dr. If you don't, work toward it. It will be a big help to both of you. ...Read more

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What does a heart attack look like? As in, what does the heart actually look like during the attack?

What does a heart attack look like? As in, what does the heart actually look like during the attack?

It depends: On where and how big and for how long. The part that is not getting enough blood (that's why you get a heart attack) will not be moving as much, and because of inflammation and not getting blood, that part can look anywhere from pale to kind of purple and angry looking. If you are having emergency surgery because you are having a heart attack, that's what happens, and that's why you can see it. ...Read more

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What happens if someone had a heart attack during s*x could the other person be charged with necrophilia?

What happens if someone had a heart attack during s*x could the other person be charged with necrophilia?

Insane in Texas: Hi. They're insane in Texas, so who knows? I know there are normal people in Texas, but they never make it in the news! ;-)
In normal states, that would NEVER happen. But with your politicians, we outsiders EXPECT insane! ...Read more

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How does one stop chest pain during a heart attack?

How does one stop chest pain during a heart attack?

See below: Most importantly, call 911 to make sure that you will be treated properly in a hospital setting. While you are waiting, two things may help - a sublingual nitroglycerin, or taking a deep breath and holding it, that redistributes blood flow to the coronaries. ...Read more

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Does a really fast heart rate cause a heart attack?

Does a really fast heart rate cause a heart attack?

Not usual but it can: The fast heart beat which is generated by the lower heart chambers (ventricular tachycardia) can reduce the blood volume generated by the heart and if the subject has low preserve (some narrowing of the coronary arteries or decreased heart function) can cause ischemia t the heart. ...Read more

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Help please? How is a pacemaker affected during a heart attack?

Help please? How is a pacemaker affected during a heart attack?

Pacer: A heart attack usually doesn't affect an electronic pacemaker. The device will help prevent the heart from slowing excessively and usually won't be affected by rapid heart action. If a cardiac arrest occurs and defibrillation is necessary, the electric shock could possibly affect the pacer circuitry. ...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