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Are all types of chest pain a heart attack?

Are all types of chest pain a heart attack?

No: There are many organs and structures that live in the heart's neighborhood! Any of these can cause chest pain. These include esophageal and stomach problems (like reflux) and lung problems. Any problems of the chest wall muscles or nerves (like a case of shingles) can cause chest pain. Even the joints along the sternum can become inflamed and cause chest pain, a problem known as costrochondritis. Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Is chest pain alone symptom of heart attack?

Not always: Chest pain is a classic symptom of a heart attack, particularly mid-sternal, crushing or pressure-type pain radiating to the neck, jaw or arm. But other symptoms are common, including: nausea, diaphoresis (heavy, cold sweats), shortness of breath, dizziness, even abdominal pain. Read more

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If I have chest pain could it be a heart attack?

Not likely: At your age the source of pain is likely muscular or related to the pleura ie pleurisy. If symptoms persist you may need an evaluation and x-ray. Read more

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What to do if chest pain but not a heart attack?

Chest pain: What tests have you had to make sure the chest pain is not a heart attack? You could have angina or you could have Costochondritis, which is inflammation where cartilage and ribs attach at the breast bone (sternum). 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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How does one stop chest pain during a heart attack?

How does one stop chest pain during a heart attack?

See below: Most importantly, call 911 to make sure that you will be treated properly in a hospital setting. While you are waiting, two things may help - a sublingual nitroglycerin, or taking a deep breath and holding it, that redistributes blood flow to the coronaries. Read more

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How can I tell if my chest pain is from a heart attack?

Variable: You can't be sure. If you are someone who is unhealthy, overweight and smokes. You have a good chance. In general the pain comes on exertion and goes away after rest. It can radiate in any direction in upper part of the body. It can associated with profuse sweating due to sympathetic hyperactivity. If you are healthy and have no family history you don't have to worry about all aches and pains. Read more

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What can be the cause of chest pain other than heart attack?

Many reasons...: Esophogeal spasm, gastric and esophogeal reflux, musculoskeletal, costo chondritis, pulmonary embolus, pleurisy, pneumothorax, etc, etc. Read more

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What are some why do I have chest pain besides a heart attack?

What are some why do I have chest pain besides a heart attack?

Many: The chest as heart, lungs, ribs, nodes, skin, spine, esophagus and a variety of diseases can be encountered that cause discomfort. Pneumothorax gerd-esophagitis malignancies pneumonia herpes-shingles. Read more

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Why do women with a heart attack but no chest pain die so often?

Why do women with a heart attack but no chest pain die so often?

Number of reasons: Mortality from heart attacks is related to age. Women develop heart disease, on average, 10 years later than men. Women are more likely to present with atypical symptoms that are not recognized either by the patient or the physician. This can result in a delayed diagnosis or missed diagnosis. Read more

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How long after a heart attack do you stop thinking every chest pain is another?

How long after a heart attack do you stop thinking every chest pain is another?

Depends.......: You will always do that to some degree, but it will lessen over time. The first year is the toughest. Remember that the one good thing about having a heart attack is that you know what one feels like. So, if you have pain similar to the heart pain you had with your heart attack, that is much more concerning than other 'pains.' the key is: if it scares you, go get checked. Read more

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How long after a heart attack do you stop thinking every chest pain is another attack?

How long after a heart attack do you stop thinking every chest pain is another attack?

Varies: It is common to have a certain amount of anxiety after a heart attack. Discussing this with your doctor, including how cardiac chest pain is different from other kinds of chest pain may help. Some patients also need therapy for anxiety or depression directly and some will improve with cardiac rehab. Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Chest Pain (Definition)

The chest resides between the neck & abdomen. Chest pain refers to ...Read more