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Signs Of Heart Attack In Men Over 50
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
See below: All the classical risk factors which include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history and if you have the above, a heart attack may be precipitated by stress including drugs, excessive drinking and sex, and many more. Live healthy and good luck! ...Read more
The same: Anything between the belly button-mouth, front or back, including neck, shoulders, and arms + belching, "indigestion", sweating, ache/pressure including et cetera can be heart disease in the young or older patient. In diabetics and hypertensive heart symptoms can be "the flu", unusual fatigue, or nothing! ...Read more
Why is it that hormone therapy for men i.e. Testim often states that it "can" make you prone to a heart attack? Thanks.
Is sexual activity dangerous for people with heart disease? You always hear stories about men who die of a heart attack during sex. I am lucky enough to have a pretty active sex life for a 60-year-old, but does my heart disease mean I should slow it down?
Heart disease: Unfortunately it depends on what type of heart disease you have. Consult your cardiologist. Good luck. ...Read more
Saw in the news today that testosterone supplements for men can/do increase heart attack chances by 25%--should I worry about using andro gel?
Yes: There is an accompanying editorial by dr. Steve nissan (chief of cardiology @ cleveland clinic) with the original article which was reported in the annals of internal medicine. An earlier study showed reduced risk. Both were retrospective studies. The issue is unsettled and must await a prospective trial - it may be yrs away. Use the AndroGel only if you feel much better with it! There may b risk. ...Read more
Is it possible to have a heart attack without any warning signs? Symptoms of heart attack (dizziness, anxiety, cough, fainting, etc) are very similar to other conditions, how can I figure out if those are signs of heart attack?
Chest pressure, shortness of breath, nausea, and sweating are the most common symptoms of a heart attack. Some people will describe it as feeling like indigestion, or may have aching in the arms, jaw, shoulder, or upper back.
The likelihood of a heart attack increases as the number of symptoms increase, and the probability is also higher in someone over the age of forty. These symptoms are also more worrisome in people who smoke, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or a family history of heart disease. However, it is quite possible to have a heart attack with few or mild symptoms, and while less common, they can occur in people under the age of forty.
Unfortunately, many other conditions can produce symptoms that are similar or identical to a heart attack, including heartburn, panic attacks, collapsed lungs, and pulmonary embolism.
It may be impossible to distinguish a heart attack from other conditions without testing, even for a seasoned physician. For this reason, you should seek care immediately if these symptoms occur. Unexplained fainting should always be checked out promptly. Similarly, chest discomfort or difficulty breathing that lasts more than 10-15 minutes is grounds for going to the nearest emergency room. ...Read more
Hi female 47 year old had 5 stent put in 7 month ago still have chest pain and breathlessness any advise no signs of heart attack?
See cardiologist: These symptoms not normal after stenting. Reconsult your cardiologist ...Read more
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
I have had SVT episodes for years, last night was different...I was dripping sweat, and tightness @my jaw and neck....Are those signs of Heart Attack?
Yes. Get to UC/ER.: Dripping sweat (actually the most common sign, according to ER studies) along with chest pain & neck/jaw tightness is one of the signs of a heart attack. There are so many manifestations, but most importantly, not all are present. So, it's best not to take chances. If there is any concern, go to an urgent care clinic or an ER to get checked out. TTYD by phone if they can squeeze you in earlier. ...Read more
What the difference between my anxiety symptoms and angina? The left side of my body goes numb after eating. I've been examined in the ER and the doctors said I have no signs of heart attack, stroke, or cancer. I didn't notice I was depressed. Could I be
When it happens: Angina means heart pain which is much much more likely to occur in older people and during physical exertion while panic attacks are often random, or due to some specific trigger such as supermarket/closed space likely elevator etc...During a panic attack, the symptoms are quite like angina. Being 24 and had work-up without cardiac involvement, panic is likely. Consult doc for treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
Concerned about my outlook. Ef of 15 in march, now 50. No heart attack, cath clear. Is this improvement positive and a good sign for recovery?
Great sign!: It's not uncommon for an ef (ejection fraction or how much the heart pumps) to improve. Your's is now pretty much normal but given your history of it being low, it should always be followed closely by a heart doctor. ...Read more
I had all signs of a heart attack 2 days ago my usual BP is 142/90 but it was 110/50 for most of day still low I'm very tired but am I 2late to test?
Get to a cards ASAP: No, not too late to test. But getting late to treat. There are serious, and sometimes fatal consequences for untreated heart attacks. You need to get seen right away. Either go to a clinic today or the er. ...Read more
Heart attack: Increasing chest pain/pressure at rest or with decreasing exercise trigger is a frequent sign. Along with the chest symptom could be cold, clammy, lightheaded feeling, perhaps jaw or arm pain, nausea too. If you have any question of it being an impending heart attack should get to the hospital asap. ...Read more
Severe chest pain: You get a severe chest pain across your breast bone radiating to your arms, jaw & or epigastric area associated with nausea, shortness of breath & profuse sweating, feeling weak & looking pale. If you have this symptoms take aspirin, nitroglycerine & get to emergency room as soon as possible. ...Read more
Heart attack: Sudden chest pain-often described as discomfort (tightness or pressure like) in upper chest associated with radiation to jaw or arm, with sweating/shortness of breath/lightheadedness. Any or all of these features can indicate a heart attack. This classic presentation, however, is only described in a third of cases. Atypical chest pain/ or no symproms occur in 2/3 patients. ...Read more
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
It could be varied: But can include chest pain, or radiation of pain to the jaw, neck, or arm, shortness of breath, or exertional shortness of breath, or sweats. Sometimes, people have atypical symptoms, such as discomfort in the abdomen. You might have nausea. Sometimes, it can be fatigue but this is pretty atypical. Keep in mind your risk factors. If you have them, be proactive and be tested... Good luck. ...Read more