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Could you tell me what are signs of heart attack for women?

Could you tell me what are signs of heart attack for women?

Similar: Anterior crushing pressure with arm extension- radiation. Angina= neck pain or "feeling" impending doom! anxiety shortness of breath diaphoresis ='sweaty clammy nothing- ladies dismiss any symptoms. ...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 you explain what are early warning signs of heart attack in males and females?

Can you explain what are early warning signs of heart attack in males and females?

No difference: Classic symptoms again are chest pressure like an elephant sitting on chest which can radiate to jaw, teeth or left arm (usually) with cold sweats, and shortness of breath and maybe nausea, dizziness. These are the classic symptoms, no preference for sexes. ...Read more

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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?

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 : 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

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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?

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

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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

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

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Whats the sign of heart attack?

Whats the sign of heart  attack?

Chest pain: Chest pressure, pain, tightness. Some radiation to you're arm, jaw, shoulder may be present. Typically lasting >10min, maybe accompanying by sweeting, shortness of breat or nausea .My advice, don't take chanses and call 911or your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the signs and heart attack symptoms for women?

What are the signs and heart attack symptoms for women?

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

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How is troponin a sign of heart attack ?

How is  troponin a sign of heart attack ?

Muscle damage: When heart muscle is injured troponin leaks into the blood where it can be measured. Elevated levels typically indicate some damage to the heart. There can be false positive readings especially in patients with renal failure. ...Read more

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What are the first signs for heart attack or stroke?

What are the first signs for heart attack or stroke?

Heart attack/ Stroke: Heart attack: heaviness upon the anterior chest making pt sweat and pale radiating towards the left arm and or neck or jaw very intense for more that 30 minutes. Stroke: sudden incapacity of talking or significant difficulty to move one arm or one leg or half of the body , paralysis of one arm, leg or face. Many other signs could happen. ...Read more

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How can I tell difference between costochondritis and a sign of heart attack?

How can I tell difference between costochondritis and a sign of heart attack?

Heart Attack: Costochondritis is inflammation of the bone to cartilage of the sternum (breastbone). The pain is worse when you push on this area. A heart attack on the other hand is from the heart muscle not getting enough blood supply (and oxygenated blood). Heart attack pain is not made worse by pressing on the sternum. It often feels like a huge pressure on the chest, and may radiate into the jaw or arm ...Read more

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How can I know difference between costochondritis and a sign of heart attack?

How can I know difference between costochondritis and a sign of heart attack?

Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation along the breast bone where the cartilage attaches to bone. Does it hurt to press on your sternum? If so, that suggests Costochondritis. Heart attack symptoms often involve a pressure feeling on the chest, nausea, shortness of breath, pain in the haw or the arm. When in doubt, seek medical attention immediately. ...Read more

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My heart rate is usually 60-70 today it's been between 90-100 why? Could this be a sign of heart attack

My heart rate is usually 60-70 today it's been between 90-100 why? Could this be a sign of heart attack

Not if no other symp: It is not likely to be a heart attack without other symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitation or dizziness. Just an elevated HR is more likely to be reasons other than the heart, ie. dehydration, anxiety, deconditioning, pain, fever, anemia, etc. Check out Your Vibrant Heart on Amazon for more cardiac health tips. ...Read more

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Sharp jabs in fingers sign of heart attack?

Sharp jabs in fingers sign of heart attack?

Eventually: Angina is the symptom you experience when your heart is not getting enough blood because of blockages in the coronary arteries. Prolonged untreated can lead to heart failure, heart attack, and death. Usually described as crushing pressure in middle of chest occasionally radiating to jaw or left arm. ...Read more

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29f. Whole back suddenly started aching...On and off...Feels a bit better when i lay down. Could that be a sign of heart attack?

29f.  Whole back suddenly started aching...On and off...Feels a bit better when i lay down.  Could that be a sign of heart attack?

Back aches: What you describe is highly unlikely to be related to the heart. It sounds more musculoskeletal. If it is persistent should see your doc and be evaluated. ...Read more

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I have pain in my right shoulder and neck, is this sign of heart attack?

I have pain in my right shoulder and neck, is this sign of heart attack?

Unlikely: At your age, risks are always the key. The right sided pain in heart attacks are less common. If there are no risk factors, like hypertension, dm, high cholesterol, smoking and family history and drugs, the incidence becomes even less likely. If you can reproduce the pain like with moving the neck with stiffness and palpable tenderness present, mi would be a rare diagnosis with that presentation. ...Read more

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I am feeling pain in my chest and some times in heart. it comes and goes away. .i am lean . is it sign of heart attack. i am really afraid to see doc.

I am feeling pain in my chest and some times in heart. it comes and goes away. .i am lean . is it sign of heart attack. i am really afraid to see doc.

Chest pain: Chest pain has many causes such as cardiac, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculo-skeletal. At age 21 heart attack is unlikely. Go see your doc and get it checked out. You will feel better when you understand the problem. ...Read more

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I think I had my first Warning sign for heart attack, which last 5 minutes it was really tight in the chest is that a heart attack. I'm fine now thro?

I think I had my first Warning sign for heart attack, which last 5 minutes it was really tight in the chest  is that a heart attack. I'm fine now thro?

You should: consult with your doctor immediately b/c your symptoms sound like angina. Depending on your risk factors and physical findings, your doctor might suggest further tests such as stress test. ...Read more

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Is pins and needles on left side in shoulder blades a possible sign of heart attack?

Is pins and needles on left side in shoulder blades a possible sign of heart attack?

Can't say: The symptoms of heart attack can vary quite a bit. Some patients have no symptoms at all. Pins and needles in the shoulder blades are not the usually complaints before or during a heart attack. If you are worried though you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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When is jaw pain a sign of heart attack? Been having jaw pain for months now. Sometimes lower and sometimes upper?

When is jaw pain a sign of heart attack?  Been having jaw pain for months now.  Sometimes lower and sometimes upper?

No cocaine?: MI at 31 yo unusual, & when seen cocaine use must be Ruled Out! MI assoc w feeling of doom, severe SOB, chest pain and sometimes jaw pain. Esophogeal spasm from Advil (ibuprofen) can mimic MI. Jaw pain alone is not specific. When having MI your entire sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activated. Heart has no pain fibers, symptoms are a warning from SNS. You have sweating, nausea & pain. See internist ASAP ...Read more

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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