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What does it feel like when you have a heart attack? Do you feel pain or just numbness?

What does it feel like when you have a heart attack? Do you feel pain or just numbness?

Symptoms....: typical symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain in the center of the chest that can radiate to the jaw or down the left arm. This can be accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, sweating and/or lightheaded ness. But, there can also be atypical symptoms like fatigue, numbness, etc. If there is any possibility of a heart attack, call 911 and get to the ER. Do not wait! ...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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What happens if you feel like you're having an asthma attack but you don't have and inhaler?

What happens if you feel like you're having an asthma attack but you don't have and inhaler?

Airway constriction: This airway constriction could then result in collapse and even death. Don't let your inhalers expire and keep them within easy reach. ...Read more

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How do you know if you are having a heart attack or it's just "angina" pain?

How do you know if you are having a heart attack or it's just "angina" pain?

Classically: Angina pectoris =substernal pressure, pain with radiation to the neck or left or right arm and shoulder. Some will have abdominal pain-and be confused with gallbladder or stomach symptoms. Ladies seem to have less classic// or tolerate pain better than men. Relief with Nitroglycerin is very suggestive. A feeling of impending doom, pallor, sweating suggest a bad day! ...Read more

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What should you do when you have anxiety attacks?

What should you do when you have anxiety attacks?

Depends: Depending of severity, type and particulars of your case. Ranging from going to an er to just getting and appointment, including several useful measures and possibly meds. You should get evaluation, diagnosis and treatment formally at a psychiatrist s office. Please see a dr in your area. Good luck. ...Read more

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What should I do when someone is having a heart attack?

What should I do when someone is having a heart attack?

Call 911: Check pulse, alertness do CPR if not give an Aspirin if available and able to swallow get help and get to hospital. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when you have a heart attack?

Symptoms: Chest pain severe substernal radiates to left or right arm and neck feeling of anxiety, fear, doom, death. Anatomically, heart muscle oxygen is diminished by coronary obstruction and flow is reduced or absent and heart muscle dues- heart attack. Physically, pallor, shock, arrythmia, death if not identified and treated. ...Read more

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What can you do if you witness someone have a heart attack and stop breathing?

What can you do if you witness someone have a heart attack and stop breathing?

Call 911: If you know CPR start it after calling 911. If there is an automatic defibrillator nearby send someone to get it or get it yourself. This will talk you through what to do. Even if you don't know cpr, doing chest compressions quickly (about 100 per minute) until help arrives may save someone's life. Better yet, learn CPR and take refresher courses every 2 years. ...Read more

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How do you know if you are having a heart attack?

How do you know if you are having a heart attack?

Sometimes U don't: Heart attacks can cause no symptoms or atypical symptoms but the classic symptoms are: substernal discomfort, can become painful, described as a weight or vise-like tightening, with sweating, nausea, sometimes with breathlessness, sometimes radiating to the left arm or jaw. They are exceptionally rare in premenopausal women unless diabetic or on cocaine. ...Read more

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How do you know if you're having a heart attack?

How do you know if you're having a heart attack?

Depends: Although chest pain or pressure are the most common sx. Other sx include pain, fullness or squeezing sensation of the chest; jaw pain, toothache, headache; Shortness of breath; Nausea, vomiting, upper middle abdominal discomfort,; sweating; heartburn or indigestio;, Arm pain L>R.; Upper back pain, Gerneral malaise; lightheadedness; or NO SYMPTOMS at all. Seek prompt medical attention for MI ...Read more

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What to do if i keep feeling like im going to have a heart attack?

What to do if i keep feeling like im going to have a heart attack?

See your doctor: Heart attacks can be life-threatening. If you are not feeling well and having chest pain you should go to the emergency room or call am ambulance. If you feel like this all the time and nothing seems to be new or getting worse, you should call your doc and get checked out in the office. ...Read more

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What to do if i can't tell if I am having a panic attack or a heart attack! how do I find out?

What to do if i can't tell if I am having a panic attack or a heart attack! how do I find out?

Panic attacks: See your dr, get an ekg and workup as he recommends. Panic attacks are a diagnosis of exclusion, that is when all other causes have been investigated. ...Read more

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What should you do during a heart attack?

What should you do during a heart attack?

Take an aspirin, 911: Take a single adult Aspirin and call an ambulance. Do not drive a car or (unless you are in the middle of nowhere) have a person drive you either. ...Read more

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What exactly does it feel like when you are having a heart attack?

What exactly does it feel like when you are having a heart attack?

Classic: Usual sub-sternal crushing severe durable sustained, anxiety producing, with clammy skin, pallor and radiation to left upper arm with a squeeze. Much variability! ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a heart condition or if its asthma when you have chest pain?

How  do you know if you have a heart condition or if its asthma when you have chest pain?

Doctor eval...: Clinically, the chest pain description can suggest the diagnosis but sometimes, testing is needed to determine whether or not it is due to a cardiac etiology. An ekg and/or stress test, etc. Can determine if the chest pain is due to a cardiac cause. Once this is ruled out, other etiologies, like asthma, musculoskeletal pain, etc. Can then be diagnosed. See a doctor if you have chest pain. ...Read more

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As a woman do you know when your having a heart attack?

As a woman do you know when your having a heart attack?

Similar to men: Left chest pain, shortness of breadth , pain from chest radiating left arm ;/or, left jaw, occasional pain epigastrium(pit of stomach)- see your pcp for more details- don't neglect symptoms. ...Read more

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How do you get an eleveted ck-mb when you are not having a heart attack?

How do you get an eleveted ck-mb when you are not having a heart attack?

Other muscles: Ck-mb can be elevated in muscular damage of any kind, ck-mb is also present in the musculoskeletal system's muscles. You can also get heart ck-mb elevation in the settings of viral infections of the heart, or severely low blood pressure, or severely elevated blood pressure, or very low blood levels, which lead to a global decrease in o2 delivery to the muscle and damage, but not a heart attack. ...Read more

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What should I do if someone at work gets a heart attack?

What should I do if someone at work gets a heart attack?

Call 911: 1. Call 911 2. Call 911 - this is most important - they need immediate medical care at a hospital and each minute counts. Then, 3. Give an Aspirin - whatever dose you have - technically 325 mg but a couple of 81 mg if that's all you have is a lot better than none. 4. Keep the patient comfortable and wait for help. 5. Know where the automatic defibrillator is just in case. ...Read more

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How do you know if you are having a heart attack or it's "angina" ?

EKG, Cardiac Markers: There is no foolproof way to tell the difference without er/hospital studies - generally if one has a history of angina and it isn't resolving with rest or nitrates or has a different character (more intense or with accomp. Pain elsewhere or nausea/sweating) -- it may be a heart attack and he/she should get to the er right away. New chest pain should always be eval'd right away. Time is tissue! ...Read more

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Could you explain why do I always have a panic attack?

Could you explain why do I always have a panic attack?

I don't know: Some things which can ^ risk for panic attacks include: Risks >previous abuse/ trauma as well as genetic predisposition. Traumatic brain injury, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia, mitral valve prolapse, recurrent hyperventilation, extreme physical activity, drug abuse & use of stimulants may ^ risk. Acute stressors or chronic stress, illness, claustrophobia & major life changes can also play a part. ...Read more

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How do I know when chest pain not a heart attack?

How do I know when chest pain not a heart attack?

Cardiology: After a cardiology evaluation including ekg, blood work , stress test includind nuclear or echo. If no DX made, you may need a angiogram of the heart arteries. All these tests will be considered on the basis of your history and family history. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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