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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is 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


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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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What can you do for someone having a heart attack? Are there any home remedies before you get to a doctor?

What can you do for someone having a heart attack? Are there any home remedies before you get to a doctor?

Heart attack....: If someone is having symptoms of a heart attack, like chest pain, shortness of breath, etc., 911 should be called immediately. While you are waiting for them to arrive, you can give the person an aspirin to chew and swallow, if they are not allergic to aspirin. Getting the person to the ER as quickly as possible is the best treatment for a heart attack. Don't waste time! ...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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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 are having a heart attack or it's "angina" ?

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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Please explain why people sweat when they are having a heart attack?

Please explain why people sweat when they are having a heart attack?

Fight or flight: During a heart attack, your sympathetic nervous system activates (the fight or flight response), which causes sweating. ...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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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more