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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

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

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

Heart attack: Pain in chest, jaw, back, shoulder, or arm, or dizzy spells. Also shortness of breath, fatigue, or just not feeling right. And then there may be no symptoms at all. ...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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What are heart attack warning signs?

What are heart attack warning signs?

Variable: 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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What are the warning signs of a heart attack?

What are the warning signs of a heart attack?

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

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Would your heart attack symptoms be the same indoors as outdoors shoveling snow, or does the freezing cold supress your warning signs?

Would your heart attack symptoms be the same indoors as outdoors shoveling snow, or does the freezing cold supress your warning signs?

Heart Attack in cold: A heart attack or myocardial infarction has a variety of symptoms and can have no symptoms in some people. Myocardial Infarction (MI) most commonly presents with pain and pressure under the sternum "feels like an elephant sitting on my chest" is common. These symptoms can also be present in cold weather, as can diaphoresis (sweating), fatigue, or weakness. http://tinyurl.com/qyml4at ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the of the warning signs of stroke or heart attack ?

Can you please discuss the of the warning signs of stroke or heart attack ?

Chest and brain: Heart attack is damage to heart stroke is damage to brain some heart attack patients may be from emboli, or have low cardiac output and also damage brain with hypoxia both have some common risk! smoking obesity high blood pressure diabetes hyperlipemia prevention is best acute care is an emergency. Call 911, take an Aspirin and go to er. ...Read more

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What are the signs for a heart attack in a woman?

What are the signs for a heart attack in a woman?

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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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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What are the signs when you get a heart attack in a woman in her 40's?

What are the signs when you get a heart attack in a woman in her 40's?

Variable: 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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What are the signs and symptoms before having a heart attack for a female?

What are the signs and symptoms before having a heart attack for a female?

Same: The signs and symptoms are the same, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, arrhythmias, and such. The issue has been that for reasons not clearly understood, women presenting with the same symptoms as men are less likely to have been believed. Fortunately, that situation appears to have improved. ...Read more

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Is a cold a sign of an impending heart attack in a 23 yo female. Dont smoke or drink and dont do drugs?

Is a cold a sign of an impending heart attack in a 23 yo female. Dont smoke or drink and dont do drugs?

No: These are the typical signs: Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort. Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. ...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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What are the main signs of a heart attack in a woman im 47 years old and I have been having some pain in the left side of my neck and upperback

What are the main signs of a heart attack in a woman im 47 years old and I have been having some pain in the left side of my neck and upperback

I : I will list some of the symptoms of a mycocardial infarction (heart attack). Chest pain, tightness, squeezing or fullness is the most common presentation. However the pain can also present in the upper back, the upper middle abdomen, jaw, head, teeth or in the arms (left more than right). One could have nausea, vomiting or it could feel like indigestion or heartburn. Feeling short of breath, sweating and just feeling out of sorts can also occur. About a fourth of people have no significant symptoms during a heart attack. You asked specifically about symptoms in women. The following statistics are from a national institute of health study. 43% of women had no chest pain. 58% were short of breath; 55% had marked weakness; 43% experienced fatigue, with cold sweats in 39% & dizziness in 39%. According to the study preceding their heart attacks women experienced the following symptoms: unusual fatigue - 70%; sleep disturbance - 48%; shortness of breath - 42%; indigestion - 39% and anxiety - 35%. I hope this helps. Take care. ...Read more

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I have had vsd repair and coarctation of aorta am i more susceptible for heart attack. Warning signs? How to tell if its a heart attack or anxiety?

I have had vsd  repair and coarctation of aorta am i more susceptible for heart attack. Warning signs? How to tell if its a heart attack  or anxiety?

Possibly: Patients with coarctation are, unfortunately, at greater risk of coronary artery disease. The reason is not well understood, but there is good evidence to support this. Please discuss the warning signs with your doctor; but they include severe chest pain, palpitations, arm pain, sweating, fainting, difficulty breathing. Please seek medical attention immediately if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Can right sided almost midline pain (feels like a pulled muscle) be a warning sign for a heart attack in a person at high risk?

Can right sided almost midline pain (feels like a pulled muscle) be a warning sign for a heart attack in a person at high risk?

Possibly.: If one has such pain and there is a possibility it's cardiac pain...especially in a person with risk factors...the approach would be to take a full-size Aspirin (325 mg), chew and swallow it, call 911 and get to the hospital emergency dept. as quickly as possible. The aspirin, when chewed and swallowed, enters the blood stream, stopping platelets from forming a clot in coronary arteries. ...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