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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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What are the chances of having a heart attack if tmt and echo tests show normal results?

What are the chances of having a heart attack if tmt and echo tests show normal results?

Heart attack: Huge. You need to know if you have inflammation. Inflammation is what causes heart attacks and strokes. Find a doctor trained in the Bale and Doneen Heart Attack, Stroke, and Diabetes Prevention Method. They guarantee you won't have a heart attack or stroke while working with them, or they give you your money back. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the chances of having an heart attack if tmt and echo tests show normal results?

Doctors, what are the chances of having an heart attack if tmt and echo tests show normal results?

Not a good test: The echo shows the integrity of your valves such as do the "leak" have back flow, are narrow, have calcium deposits and normal in anatomy it also shows the mothin of the atria ventricles and septum as will as any " holes" in those areas. It does not show if the coronary arteries are clear or suffering from stenosis. Stress tests give a clue to coronary disease and then a cardiac catheterization. ...Read more

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What are the signs that you might get a heart attack?

What are the signs that you might get a heart attack?

Awareness: Awareness of an heart attack and immediate quick response, quick transfer to er by ambulance is the clue to save the life heat attack victims. A typical severe left chest pain, radiating to left arm, along with fall of BP , sweating , & shock may not be present in every case. ...Read more

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Can someone still have a heart attack after the cardiologist saying that every test looks normal and there´s no evidence of heart disease?

Can someone still have a heart attack after the cardiologist saying that every test looks normal and there´s no evidence of heart disease?

Absolutely: No test detects everything; one may have a genetic predisposition, or one may use drugs that can cause a heart attack. Need more info if you want a more personalized opinion. ...Read more

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Can the doctors at the ER detect if you had a heart attack? What kind of test needs to be done?

Most of time, yes: Ekg can often show a heart attack, and takes about 30 seconds to hook up and perform. If that does not have answer, blood tests will look for enzymes released by heart when being injured (like in heart attack), and takes about 45 minutes to get, unless have bedside testing (then about 3 minutes). Often admitted to hospital if cannot be sure (always admitted if having heart attack!). ...Read more

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I am curious what the definite symptoms of a heart attack are. I have done heart tests before and my heart is in great shape. Would just like to know.

I am curious what the definite symptoms of a heart attack are. I have done heart tests before and my heart is in great shape. Would just like to know.

Symptoms of a: heart attack mainly consist of chest pain, substernally or left side of the chest. The pain may radiate to the neck and left upper arm. Typically, the pressure in the chest is described like some one were sitting on your chest. One can have sweating, nausea or shortness of breath. The EKG and blood tests called troponin are the best laboratory tests to confirm it. ...Read more

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What are the signs when you get a heart attack in men?

What are the signs when you get a heart attack in men?

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 do you suggest if my test was positive for stress induced ischemia in the anteroseptal wall , what that means have I every had an heart attack before?

What do you suggest if my test was positive for stress induced ischemia in the anteroseptal wall , what that means have I every had an heart attack before?

Ischemia with stress: Hi. Without seeing the test done or the report, we can't say whether or not you've had a heart attack before. At the least, when you exercise and heart muscle oxygen demand goes up, not enough oxygen gets to the anterior wall and the septum to meet the demand. You need coronary angiography, and may need a stent or a bypass operation; you'll need medical therapy in any event. Ask your cardiologist ...Read more

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Is it possible to pass a nuclear imaging stress test and the EKG to show you had a mild heart attack in the past?

Is it possible to pass a nuclear imaging stress test and the EKG to show you had a mild heart attack in the past?

Yes: An old heart attack might not show up on the stress test if it was very small. However, some people have and ECG that looks like and old heart attack, but wasn't. This artifact commonly occurs in women. Talk to your doctor to see which is most likely. ...Read more

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Can you have a normal EKG if you have heart problems? What types of heart problems would not show up on an EKG? Only symptom is swollen ankles.

Can you have a normal EKG if you have heart problems? What types of heart problems would not show up on an EKG? Only symptom is swollen ankles.

Ekg: An EKG is an eletrical tracing of the heart activity. Damaged muscle or conduction tissue creates an abnormal EKG. Cardiac enlargement can be present with a normal EKG. So can early coronary disease. And so can a valve disease. ...Read more

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What tests are used to determine if you have clogged arteries in the heart?

What tests are used to determine if you have clogged arteries in the heart?

Options: The gold stndrd is "cardiac cath, " where tiny wire & tube are fed from artery in groin or arm to vessels of heart and dye is injected by fluoroscopy to create a roadmap of heart's vessels--can also open / stent narrow/clogged arteries. Other ways are indirect & include ct scan that looks for calcium in heart vessels (=blockage) or a nuclear med study looking for uptake by heart muscle. ...Read more

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Two doctors found a suggestion of myocardial ischemia, had a heart cath and was clean? What does that mean if they both saw something?

Two doctors found a suggestion of myocardial ischemia, had a heart cath and was clean? What does that mean if they both saw something?

Tests: tests are not always 'right'. Whatever test was interpreted as 'suggestion of ischemia', was likely not specific in this case ...Read more

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What are they symptoms of a blood clot in the heart? What test diagnosis this?

What are they symptoms of a blood clot in the heart? What test diagnosis this?

Why do you ask?: Often there's none until it's too late. There are clinical situations in which it's expected -- famously, damaged valves, atrial fibrillation, or a previous myocardial infarction. An ultrasound / echocardiogram is often the key. Your PVC's, headache and tachycardia are almost certainly not due to an intracardiac thrombus. ...Read more

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If echo, stress, EKG and X-ray come back clear, what are the chances of having coronary artery spasms& would the studies have shown a presence ?

If echo, stress, EKG and X-ray come back clear, what are the chances of having coronary artery spasms& would the studies have shown a presence ?

Probably not: Coronary spasm occurs both in patients with blockages as well as in patients without (the classic prinzemetals angina description). Most tests would not show it unless a provoking factor was stimulated or initiated (example ergonovine). It's often made as a diagnosis only after witnessing spasm or ischemia under provocation after anatomically defining the extent of coronary disease. ...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