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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

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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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Which tests are recommended after EKG shows heart attack?

Which tests are recommended after EKG shows heart attack?

Depends: We may find surreptitiously in doing ekg that they may be an old heart attack. We work up the heart to find out if there is clogging of arteries or by echo how well the heart is functioning. If it is acute with symptoms and ekg suggestive of heart attack, the person is admitted to the hospital for blood tests and proper treatment by the cardiologist either invasively or by meds. ...Read more

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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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Would a heart attack show up in normal blood work? Or is there a specific blood test they do?

Would a heart attack show up in normal blood work? Or is there a specific blood test they do?

Request: There are specific tests: troponins and CPK that show enzyme leakage from damaged heart cells. The usual CBC and chemistry panels may not include these. ...Read more

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Would an echo show if someone had a silent heart attack?How about a stress test?And how is a silent heart attack treated if the person feels fine now?

Would an echo show if someone had a silent heart attack?How about a stress test?And how is a silent heart attack treated if the person feels fine now?

Silent attack: An EKG is the primary method of detecting myocardial damage. An echocardiogram can show diminished wall motion which implies damage. A stress test detects significant blockages in the coronary arteries. Prior heart attacks are treated with proper diet, daily aspirin therapy, statins and beta blockers(for at least the first year). Periodic stress tests may be ordered. A cardiologist gives best care ...Read more

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I fear i had a silent heart attack 6-7 years ago. If i did would it show in my ecocardiogram or holter test? If not how can I find out?

I fear i had a silent heart attack 6-7 years ago. If i did would it show in my ecocardiogram or holter test? If not how can I find out?

It may: Ekg changes can show - suggest prior or current heart attack. Q waves are residua. Holster is an ekg of limited leads but with multiple hours and could show q waves or st abnormalities. Echocardiogram may have ekg as a part and may show dysfunctional areas suggestive of prior damage- heart attack. ...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?

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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Do I have any reason to worry about sca/or heart attack at age 28? Normal ekgs, normal echo shows normal function, normal stress test and blood work?!

Do I have any reason to worry about sca/or heart attack at age 28? Normal ekgs, normal echo shows normal function, normal stress test and blood work?!

Heart attack prevent: You are too young to have a heart attack unless drugs are involved (meth) or significant family history of premature cardiovascular disease. You're on oxycodone. Chronic pain can cause palpitations. Exercise will strengthen your health. Stay out of trouble. You shud be fine. Your chest pain and cough may be due to undiagnosed asthma or just plain anxiety. Check with your doctor. Test your lungs. ...Read more

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43 yr male having heart attack symptoms since 1 yr.all tests show normal result! (Angiogram,echocardiac,Chest scan,bloodtests,brain MRI).wat can it be

43 yr male having heart attack symptoms since 1 yr.all tests show normal result! (Angiogram,echocardiac,Chest scan,bloodtests,brain MRI).wat can it be

Chest pain: Description of the pain including duration ,frquency,aggravating and relieving factors may be helpful. chest pain with normal coronaries could be due to GI conditions,or mental or coronary vasospasm ...Read more

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I had left chest pain for the last two months. The ultra sound, blood test, cardiogram and xray shows i'm clear from breast cancer and heart attack.

I had left chest pain for the last two months. The ultra sound, blood test, cardiogram and xray shows i'm clear from breast cancer and heart attack.

Good news: It is good they cleared you, results are normal' no cardiac problem, no breast cancer , they are very good news, did they clear you from anxiety, which you have to do, work on that you will be fine, speak to your doctor again, make sure you go for your follow up visits. ...Read more

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Are there any preventive tests to show if artery is clogged? My mom died fatal heart attack she had everything but mra or catheterization. Dad wants to make sure his arteries ok. Ekg stress test done

Most fatal MI's -: Not usually caused by progressive obstruction, but by rupture of an existing plaque. This involves inflammatory response in the arterial wall, and the subsequent formation of an obstructive clot. Tobacco and other factors can greatly increase the likelihood of this occurrence; evaluation needs to be done by a cardiologist, and all risk factors should be identified and reduced. ...Read more

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My dr told me that my car diagram may show that i had a heart attack but i didn't, is that normal?

My dr told me that my car diagram may show that i had a heart attack but i didn't, is that normal?

It happens: When we look at ekgs we find the signs of heart attack in some people. About 7% or normal population can have asymptomatic heart attacks and unfortunately up to 1/3 in those with dm until the complication occurs. This is by ekg diagnosis. I have to accept I have not seen this correlated well with echo, thallium or even angiogram. ...Read more

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Could blood work show if you had a heart attack?

Could blood work show if you had a heart attack?

Yes: There are a number of tests that can show heart muscle damage. The most sensitive one is a test called a troponin-i level. That is basically only found in the heart, and if it is elevated, it may indicate heart muscle damage. The question remains if it is a current heart attack, or if it happened before. That can only be determined if you get a series of tests in a row. ...Read more

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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart are blocked so that the heart is no longer ...Read more