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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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Y'day i had stabbing chest pain just to the left of my left breast. Painful all day and today feels badly bruised to the touch. Ideas?

Y'day i had stabbing chest pain just to the left of my left breast. Painful all day and today feels badly bruised to the touch. Ideas?

Have it evaluated: A person with chest pain needs to be evaluated and treated appropriately. Multiple possible causes may be: heart attack, esophageal reflux, anxiety, musculoskeletal, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, and aortic dissection. Have it evaluated right away to prevent potential serious complications. ...Read more

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Living with Angina (Checklist)

Don't smoke
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Lose weight
Once
Get blood pressure under control
Once
Control your cholesterol
Once
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Chest pain sore to touch like something is bruised inside. Very painful. What is this?

Chest pain sore to touch like something is bruised inside. Very painful. What is this?

Have it evaluated.: A person with chest pain needs to be evaluated and treated appropriately. Multiple possible causes may be: heart attack, esophageal reflux, anxiety, musculoskeletal, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, and aortic dissection. Have it evaluated right away to prevent potential serious complications. ...Read more

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Living with Angina (Checklist)

Take your medications as directed
Daily
Avoid strenuous activity that can bring on symptoms
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Eat a healthy diet low in fat and low in salt
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Follow up with your doctors (cardiologist and primary care)
2x year
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I have heartburn, difficulty/painful swallowing, feels like there's something stuck in my throat, chest pain/tightness and a cough. What could it be?

I have heartburn, difficulty/painful swallowing, feels like there's something stuck in my throat, chest pain/tightness and a cough. What could it be?

Globus sensation?: Sounds like you experience the feeling of a ball or lump in the back of your throat that you have to swallow past? If so, this is "globus." alternatively, you may have laryngo-esophaeal reflux without heartburn. Sometimes, the actual swallowing mechanism may be impaired due to "spasms" or dysmotility. A gastroenterologist or ear-nose-throat specialist is a good starting point for evaluation. ...Read more

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Living with Angina (Checklist)

Visit your cardiologist
4x year
Follow a heart-healthy diet
Once
See nutritionist for advice
Once
Exercise safely per cardiologist
15 Min, 2x day, forever
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Painful palpitations (long history but never painful till recently). I exercise 3/wk. Should i bother gp? No lasting chest pain only transient.

Painful palpitations (long history but never painful till recently). I exercise 3/wk. Should i bother gp? No lasting chest pain only transient.

Yes, bother them: Palpitations, as you know, are distressing but they're not painful. I would be suspicious that something else is going on. For instance, pericarditis could cause pain with forceful or irregular heart beat. Because of your age, an unusual presentation of angina also needs to be considered, even though your spells are brief. ...Read more

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Chest Pain (Definition)

Many people with chest pain fear a heart attack. However, there are many possible causes of chest pain. Some causes are not dangerous to your health, while other causes are ...Read more

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Chest Tightness (Definition)

Chest tightness is a squeezing sensation or sense of heaviness within the chest. If this sensation occurs in response to the heart not receiving enough blood, it ...Read more

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