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What Happens If You Have A Heart Attack On An Airplane
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
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
Could you tell me if someone is lying on the ground apparently having a heart attack, what should you do?
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I'm just wondering, if you have a cardiac pacemaker, can you have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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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