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How commom is the widow maker heart attack?

How commom is the widow maker heart attack?

There are only: Limited data available to answer your question. Some studies indicate about a 53% incidence of atherosclerotic involvement of the Left main or Left anterior descending arteries. If the patient is symptomatic and treated, the MI would be avoided. If not then a widow maker MI might occur. The former occurs much more frequently than the latter so I would say by my experience it is not common. ...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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I have high bad cholesterol and low good cholesterol. Am I at risk for widow maker heart attack daily? Could it happen at anytime due to this risk.?

Yes, but.....: It sounds like you have a family history of heart disease and are genetically programmed to make a unhealthy balance of cholesterols in your blood. This puts you at higher risk of a heart attack. If you google framingham. Org, you can enter your cholesterol and other simple information and get your 3-5 year heart attack risk. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I just got 4 stents put into the artery they call the widow maker. What are the odds I have other heart attack. Doctors say I'm ill clear right now?

I just got 4 stents put into the artery they call the widow maker. What are the odds I have other heart attack. Doctors say I'm ill clear right now?

CAD: If you have enough CAD at age 38 years to require stenting, then you need lifelong attention to your condition. This would include diet, exercise, medications and monitoring your condition. You should certainly have nothing to do with tobacco which can exacerbate CAD. You should have a conversation with your cardiologist to discuss what you need to do for your future. ...Read more

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Symptom of heart attack?

Symptom of heart attack?

Lots of things: Chest pain, with or without radiation to the arms, back, shoulders or jaw, sweating, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure and shortness of breath tend to be the most common. ...Read more

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What are heart attack symptoms?

What are heart attack symptoms?

Chest Pain: The following are suspicious for a heart attack;

tight, dull, or heavy pain lasting longer than 15 minutes in the chest (retrosternal or left chest); and/or arms, back or jaw

associated with nausea and vomiting, marked sweating, breathlessness ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

Variable: The classic symptoms of a heart attack are crushing pain in the middle of the chest, sometimes accompanied by sweats, nausea, shortness of breath, & pain radiating into the left jaw or arm. But the most common symptom of heart disease in women is fatigue, and you can have a heart attack with no symptoms whatsoever. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

Many: Symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating, arm pain, neck pain, jaw pain and death. Additionally, one may experience no symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

Chest pain: The following are suspicious for a heart attack;

tight, dull, or heavy pain lasting longer than 15 minutes in the chest (retrosternal or left chest); and/or arms, back or jaw

associated with nausea and vomiting, marked sweating, breathlessness


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What are the symptoms of a first heart attack?

What are the symptoms of a first heart attack?

Heart attack --: Heart attack is heart attack -- actually many people don't survive the first one. The spectrum of symptoms include:
chest pain, chest pressure across the entire chest and tightness, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, cold sweat feeling like going out literally. If you have chest pain, don't try to figure things out, instead call 911 straightaway! ...Read more

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What are the earliest symptoms of heart attack?

What are the earliest symptoms of heart attack?

Can be varied: The "typical" symptoms of a heart attack are like an 'elephant sitting on my chest.' however symptoms can be varied and be a tightness, fullness, burning or achiness in the chest, neck, jaw, shoulder or arm. Sometimes there will be a sense of nausea and sweatiness. Others will have a marked sense of shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms call your doctor or 911 immediately. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having a heart attack?

What are the symptoms of having a heart attack?

Heart attack: Common symptoms of a heart attack are chest pain, sweating, shortness of breath, fatigue at times jaw pain. Usually the chest pain starts with exertion and progresses to pain at rest. Some feel heart burn like symptoms and some never have an y symptoms at all. Remember women tend to have atypical symptoms such as back pain, shoulder pain and fatigue. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a heart trouble? Like blockages or something like that. Or an impending heart attack?

What are the symptoms of a heart trouble? Like blockages or something like that. Or an impending heart attack?

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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Symptom of stroke or heart attack?

Symptom of stroke or heart attack?

What's the question?: Apologies, but what exactly are you asking? If you are concerned about either and feel that you have symptoms, you need to go to the emergency room or see your pcp to be examined. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of a stroke or heart attack?

What is the symptoms of a stroke or heart attack?

Stroke and heart: Stroke is brain injury -- it means loss of function temporarily or permanently and heart attack is heart injury -- the symptoms include chest pain and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of a heart attack be felt in the face?

Can symptoms of a heart attack be felt in the face?

Possible: Some times heart attacks produce atypical symptoms including radiating pain to the neck and back or arm. In addition, many people experiencing a heart attack will note nausea, sweating, flushing and other symptoms that may be felt "in the face.". ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for heart attack and diabetes?

What are the symptoms for heart attack and diabetes?

Variable: 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

signs: cold clammy low pulse rate, or fast irregular
sudden death, . ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the main symptoms of heart attack?

Doctors, what are the main symptoms of heart attack?

Heart Attack: Here's about 10 of them: chest pain and discomfort, difficulty breathing, shoulder and arm pain, abdominal problems, jaw or neck pain, dizziness and fainting, weakness, cold, sweaty skin, feelings of doom or malaise, changes in heart rhythm, and pale skin. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of a heart attack patient?

What are some of the symptoms of a heart attack patient?

Variable: 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

signs: cold clammy low pulse rate, or fast irregular
sudden death, . ...Read more

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Could a pinched nerve have same symptoms as a heart attack?

Could a pinched nerve have same symptoms as a heart attack?

Yes: Pinched nerve can cause left arm pain, which can be confused as a heart attack.

On the other hand, heart attack can be mis-interpreted as pinched nerve.

Please consult your doctor, if you have question. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between menopause symptoms and a heart attack?

Acuity: Quite different items. A heart attack will come on suddenly and it may involve chest or abdominal pain, sometimes nausea and vomiting, some other times somewhat vague symptoms of not feeling well. The intensity and unicity of the symptoms should help in discriminating them from menopause symptoms that are usually recurrent. ...Read more

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Docs, when symptoms start, how long until a heart attack usually occurs?

Docs, when symptoms start, how long until a heart attack usually occurs?

It's happening: Angina can happen and reverse with Nitroglycerin but if persisting pain the damage is going on.
Muscle damage is the heart attack. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms before having a heart attack for a female?

What are the signs and symptoms before having a heart attack for a female?

Same: The signs and symptoms are the same, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, arrhythmias, and such. The issue has been that for reasons not clearly understood, women presenting with the same symptoms as men are less likely to have been believed. Fortunately, that situation appears to have improved. ...Read more

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A heart attack or angina? What are the differences in symptoms between a heart attack and angina?

A heart attack or angina? What are the differences in symptoms between a heart attack and angina?

Angina: Angina and heart attack symptoms are both the result of reduced blood flow to heart muscle. Both can result in chest pain, pressure or squeezing that can radiate into the neck, jaw or arm and can be accompanied by other symptoms such as sweating, dizziness, or nausea. There are important differences though.
Angina is brought on by exertion and relieved by rest or certain medications, such as nitroglycerin. It is the result of chronic cholesterol buildup in one or more of the coronary arteries, which restricts adequate blood flow to heart muscle during periods of increased activity. Angina usually resolves within 15 minutes of stopping activity or taking nitroglycerin. When someone experiences angina for the first time, or when their angina is provoked more easily this is called unstable angina and requires immediate medical attention.
As opposed to angina, heart attacks happen suddenly and the symptoms can be more severe and persist much longer. Heart attacks are a result of a sudden blockage of the coronary blood vessel, typically by a ruptured cholesterol plaque. Heart attack symptoms persist until the blockage resolves, or if it does not resolve, until the heart muscle dies. Not all patients with heart attacks have angina prior. Heart attacks are a medical emergency and always require immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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If I'm able to workout (decent 8 mile run yesterday) does that indicate that I'm probably not experiencing heart attack symptoms today?

Hard to say: While significant heart disease is unusual in young fit people, there is always possibility of having some underlying cardiac condition that has gone undetected and has been asymptomatic. So I would never ignore symptoms such as chest pain/tightness, palpitations, shortness of breath etc. ...Read more

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Had a heart checkup 3 years ago, all well. Now I feel I'm having heart attack symptom. Is it possible for heart to deteriorate in 3 years?

Had a heart checkup 3 years ago, all well. Now I feel I'm having heart attack symptom. Is it possible for heart to deteriorate in 3 years?

Possible: In you age it is rather unusual to have coronary artery disease. If you have strong family history of heart attack, very abnormal levels of cholesterol and unhealthy life style - it is possible for you to have heart attack. ...Read more

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If someone has experienced a mild heart attack, what symptoms would they notice when attempting an aerobically intense activity such as jogging?

If someone has experienced a mild heart attack, what symptoms would they notice when attempting an aerobically intense activity such as jogging?

Get cleared and be a: If you think you may have suffered a mild heart attack by all means get examined and make sure you are not at risk for a bigger one or that something can't be done to save further muscle that might be at risk. Once cleared you should start a gradual resumption of aerobic exercise and coordinate with a cardiac rehab specialist in your area. ...Read more

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What are all the possible symptoms of a silent heart attack? If I had one in the past would it show now in my ecocardiogram? I have it on my profile

None: Asymptomatic= silent but with damage and lab or ekg changes identified later.
At sleep, or sedated, or anesthetized, or confused with some GI complaint="heart burn, etc.Echo is showing an area of poor heart muscle function= dysfunction. ...Read more

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I am curious what the definite symptoms of a heart attack are. I have done heart tests before and my heart is in great shape. Would just like to know.

I am curious what the definite symptoms of a heart attack are. I have done heart tests before and my heart is in great shape. Would just like to know.

Symptoms of a: Heart attack mainly consist of chest pain, substernally or left side of the chest. The pain may radiate to the neck and left upper arm. Typically, the pressure in the chest is described like some one were sitting on your chest. One can have sweating, nausea or shortness of breath. The EKG and blood tests called troponin are the best laboratory tests to confirm it. ...Read more

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Heart attack sysmtoms?

Heart attack sysmtoms?

You can have a: Heart attack without a symptom especially with diabetes, but typically chest and/or left arm pain, sweating, weakness, fainting. ...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