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What happens if you have a heart attack on an airplane?

What happens if you have a heart attack on an airplane?

Vacation killer: A real heart attack is a medical emergency. They will land the plane at the nearest airport . If you have a cardiac arrest during a flight you will likely not get any airmiles. ...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 have a heart attack after a stroke?

Treat each one: The history of a stroke may preclude the use of thrombolytics, but should not interfere with medical therapy or stent placement. ...Read more

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What happens if you get another heart attack after having a angioplasty/?

What happens if you get another heart attack after having a angioplasty/?

Lose heart muscle: Each heart attack cause the loss of some heart muscle. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. If you lose enough heart muscle you can develop heart failure. ...Read more

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What can you do for someone who is having a heart attack before the ambulance gets there?

What can you do for someone who is having a heart attack before the ambulance gets there?

Rest + aspirin: Try to keep them calm- have them lie down. If you have an aspirin, have them chew and swallow it as Aspirin is probably the single most effective way to treat a heart attack and is very safe. ...Read more

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What happens if you have had a heart attack in the past if you take risperidone does this pose any risk to your life?

What happens if you have had a heart attack in the past if you take risperidone does this pose any risk to your life?

A little: There is a small increased risk but if he needs it, he needs it. (for all meds, one must balance risk and benefit. No med comes free of risk). ...Read more

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A doctor told me you won't have a heart attack at my age unless you have an underlying heart condition, is this true? How do you tell a HA from a PA?

A doctor told me you won't have a heart attack at my age unless you have an underlying heart condition, is this true? How do you tell a HA from a PA?

Young at heart!!: Your doctor is right... Chances of HA at your age is low. Happens in patients who abuse drugs- esp. cocaine. You don't smoke and if you don't have jeuvenille diabetes it is very low. Chances of PA is high given multiple stresses in one's life esp when young worried about job, money, boy friend, family etc.. Best Wishes. ...Read more

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During a heart transplant, after you take out an old heart and put a new one in, what happens if you cannot get it to beat for whatever reason? Death?

During a heart transplant, after you take out an old heart and put a new one in, what happens if you cannot get it to beat for whatever reason? Death?

New Heart: During a heart transplant, the patient is put on a bypass machine. What this means is that the patient's blood is pumped through an external device, and then back into the patient. Kind of like an external heart. The patient is taken off the bypass machine with a new heart that beats, generally speaking. ...Read more

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To have a heart attack you do not have to have chest pain. can you have a heart attack while just feeling skipped beats as the only symptom?

To have a heart attack you do not have to have chest pain. can you have a heart attack while just feeling skipped beats as the only symptom?

Unlikely: Hi MoeA645, Yes, many people who have heart attacks do not suffer the typical symptoms of chest pain, difficulty breathing, nausea & sweating. Still, it's very unlikely feeling just a few skipped beats means you are having a heart attack. You may have something called palpitations, which are often nothing to worry about. If the skipped beats occur often or with other symptoms, I'd see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can you still have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest if you have a pacemaker?

Can you still have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest if you have a pacemaker?

Yes: Both of these problems are due to issues not addressed by the pacemaker. A heart attack is generally due to a blockage and a heart artery, and cardiac arrest is usually due to an exceedingly fast heart rate where the pacemaker only fixes slow heart rates. A defibrillator is the device of choice to treat cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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What would a person see on an EKG of someone who is having a heart attack?

What would a person see on an EKG of someone who is having a heart attack?

Impossible: There are numerous diagnosable problems seen on ekg during and after a myocardial infarction. The question here on this simple app, however, is way too broad and too ambiguous to answer with any confidence. ...Read more

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If you have an aberrant coronary artery can you go on roller coaster?

If you have an aberrant coronary artery can you go on roller coaster?

Aberrant coronary: The simplest answer is no. The situation is not that simple and from out here the no is the most appropriate answer. Your doctor who knows more about you may have a more specific answer for your situation. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have a cardiac pacemaker, can you have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest?

I'm just wondering, if you have a cardiac pacemaker, can you have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest?

Yes: The pacemaker will keep functioning with electrical stimuli when the detected pulse is below set rate. Heart attack- muscle death can happen. If it happens at site of pacer contact to heart, the pacer can fail to stimulate. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you are having a heart attack or a panicattack?

How can you tell if you are having a heart attack or a panicattack?

Go to ER: About 90 percent of patient who go to the er for chest pain r having a panic attack. But it is very important to r/o cardiac causes first. ...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 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 I do if someone is having a heart attack besides call 911? What should I do if i'm having a heart attack?

What should I do if someone is having a heart attack besides call 911? What should I do if i'm having a heart attack?

Calm, aspirin: 911 most important. If available have them chew (works faster) 1-2 aspirin. Try to keep them comfortable and calm. If they become unresponsive and start cpr. ...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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What could happen if you held your breath when attached to a heart monitor? Would it show a "flatline"?

What could happen if you held your breath when attached to a heart monitor? Would it show a "flatline"?

Flatline: 'Flatline' happens when there is no electrical activity in the heart on the ecg. This would take a long time to happen with breath holding. If there isn't a problem with the monitor or the leads, flatline means you're dead unless something is done quickly and the something works. ...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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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