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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

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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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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Could a heart attack cause right side chest pain that radiates?

Could a heart attack cause right side chest pain that radiates?

Usually not: Chest pain arising out of a heart attack is usually in the mid sternal region or left sided, very rarely right sided chest pain. ...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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Can you have overnight chest pain and still be having a heart attack?

Heart attack: Yes. Heart attacks can occur at anytime. If you have on going chest pain please see your pcp or go to the er. ...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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Is heart attack chest pain typically a deep feeling in the chest or closer to the surface?

Is heart attack chest pain typically a deep feeling in the chest or closer to the surface?

Usually deep: But there is not an answer that fits every occurrence. Cardiac chest pain is usually dull ache or squeezing sensation beneath the breastbone, sometimes with radiation to the jaw, shoulder or arm, usually the left--most often with exercise or stress. ...Read more

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Chest pain from a heart attack lasts a while, right, not just like 5-10 minutes then gets better?

Chest pain from a heart attack lasts a while, right, not just like 5-10 minutes then gets better?

Not really: A heart attack can have very different symptoms. Chest pain can last anything from a few minutes to hours. Heart attack can also occur without any chest pain at all! ...Read more

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What is the difference between chest pain caused by heart attack and the one caused by acidity in women?

What is the difference between chest pain caused by heart attack and the one caused by acidity in women?

Chest pain: Hi the chest pain from the heart usually is in the center of the chest and it's heavy feeling which is worse with any kind of movement and activity and gets better with rest. ...Read more

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How do I know when someone is truly having a heart attack? Does it go on for days? Is chest pain always present?

How do I know when someone is truly having a heart attack? Does it go on for days? Is chest pain always present?

Need real eval: Determining if a patient is having a heart attack requires looking at a compilation of the patient's history (circumstances of pain), ekg and lab analysis. Chest pain is not always present (there is less chance of typical chest pain in women and diabetics) and even without a heart attack (myocardial infarction) a patient may be having angina (chest pain from heart strain) that also needs care. ...Read more

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Would a chest pain that lasts for a few minutes without recurring be a sign of a heart attack or something else?

Chest pain transient: A pain such as you describe in a 16 y/o is likely to be intestinal gas or musculoskeletal in origin. In a much older patient a cardiac related cause might come into consideration. ...Read more

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I've been having chest pains for 3 days. Is it likely to have a heart attack? Or is that more sudden than 3 days of chest pain?

Don't know: Although chest pain is a symptom of a heart attack it is impossible to know what is going on without doing testing such as an ECG and blood work. ...Read more

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It is possible to have heart attack without chest pain and getting recovered from it without knowing even that it was heart attack, without medicine?

It is possible to have heart attack without chest pain and getting recovered from it without knowing even that it was heart attack, without medicine?

Variable but YES: Symptoms: chest and neck and left arm pain can all occur
elephant sitting on your chest
shortness of breath
fatigue
anxiety
fear
some are asymptomatic or have minimal pain!
may occur during sleep, sedation, anesthesia etc. May e detected later by ekg, echo, or angiogram. ...Read more

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I had chest pain that stopped after a few minutes and I was able to go on with what I was doing when my chest hurt. Any possibility of heart attack?

It is highly: Unlikely for a 16 year old woman to have coronary artery disease or heart attack. Usually sharp chest pains at your age are from the muscles and bones of the chest and have nothing to do with your organs. Real heart pain is dull and pressure like a tooth ache. If you are active and otherwise healthy you have nothing to worry about with regard to your heart. (other than teenage boys!) ...Read more

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I have chest pain for years, but its started to get stronger by the day. Its like someone holding me downhow would I know if I'm having a heart attack?

See someone today: If you have suffered from chest pain for years an it is now worsening, you have unstable angina. This could be a sign of an impending myocardial infarction (heart attack), get seen today by a physician. Now. Don't keep reading, get up, get on the phone, get in to your emergency room. Really. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

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


Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

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