Are there gender differences in regards to heart attacks?

Yes. Men tend to begin getting heart attacks at earlier ages, although women are still at risk, and rates even up after their 50s. Women may also be less likely to describe classical symptoms of crushing chest pain, and may be more likely to describe indigestion or other, less specific symptoms. Unfortunately, heart disease is still a leading killer of women as well as men.

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Are there racial differences in heart attack rates?

Yes. There are racial differences in all the risk factors for heart attacks such as smoking, diabetes, cholesterol levels, high blood pressure obesity and so on. There may also be geographical and other social-economic differences in stress levels etc. Consequently with all these variables the risk profiles of different people can get very complicated. See your doctor to determine your individual risk.
Not really. Why would you ask? The main question is about risk factors for mi before they occur. See doc to check before catastrophe.

How do you tell the difference between acidity and heart attack?

Can be hard to tell. It can be hard to tell the difference between heartburn and a heart attack, since both can cause a prolonged burning sensation in the chest. Since heart attacks kill people, it is safer to presume the worst and get evaluated at the emergency room (go by ambulance) to rule out a heart attack. Heartburn is more likely if symptoms are brief, they occur after meals, one tastes some reflux acid, etc...
See your Doctor. When you have pain between the neck and upper belly, there are many things that can be the cause. Go to and emergency department or call you doctor if you have pain that is concerning to you. We'd rather tell you it's nothing than have you drop dead because you didn't get help.

Could you tell me what are similarities and differences between heart attacks and strokes?

Lack of blood. A heart attack is generally lack of blood to the heart itself leading to tissue damage. A stroke is lack of blood to the brain.

What is the difference between impending heart attack symptoms and actual heart attack symptoms?

Not distinguishable. Not always easy to tell, based on symptoms alone, if the chest pain or pressure, radiating to arm, shoulder, neck or jaw, possibly associated with shortness of breath or nausea or sweatiness, is due to a heart attack or just a warning sign of a future heart attack. If you're having these symptoms, they're new and have not been evaluated, it would be smart to go to an er for an ecg.
Continuum. Angina can be quite severe and respond to rest, oxygen, nitroglycerin. And fully recover with no muscle death. The pain fibers are the same source. Some myocardial infarction can be asymptomatic all the way to the worst, ominous, pain ever! There is heart muscle death as the defining entity may need surgery or intervention.

What is the difference between a heart attack and angina?

Angina pain short an. Angina is caused by exretion or strenuous activities or emotional stress and lasts less than 5 minuets and on rest; heart attack causes pain lasting more than15 minutes and can cause death of heart muscle as there is complete shut down of blood supply to certain part of heart angina can become unstable under certain circumstances and can lead to heart attack.
Continuum. Angina can be quite severe and respond to rest, oxygen, nitroglycerin. And fully recover with no muscle death. The pain fibers are the same source. Some myocardial infarction can be asymptomatic all the way to the worst, ominous, pain ever! There is heart muscle death as the defining entity may need surgery or intervention.

What are the differences between a stroke and a heart attack?

Stroke v, heart atta. Most strokes are caused by obstruction of arteries by atherosclerotic plaques (cholesterol plaques) and clots which is the same cause of the myocardial infarctions. Brain infarcts are strokes. Heart infarcts are heart attacks. Intracraneal bleeding causes strokes too.
The organ affected. Atherosclerosis, an accumulation of white blood cells within the walls of arteries, is the primary basis for both events. But people have long focused not on the underlying process, but symptoms & the end organ affected. Brain is the least tolerant of blood flow interruption, heart next least tolerant (in terms of severity of debility & threat to life) yet the majority of events are asymptomatic.

What is the difference between a heart attack and angina pain?

Longer pain. Insufficient blood flow to the heart usually during exertion or other forms of stress due to a partial blockage causes chest pain lasting 5 to 10 minutes and is referred to as angina. Persistent complete or near complete interruption of blood flow to the heart muscle results in permanent damage and is referred to as a heart attack. The pain usually lasts much longer than 5 to 10 minutes.
Dead muscle. A heart attack is usually a reference to dead cardiac muscle while angina is discomfort caused by ischemia (oxygen starvation short of actual muscle injury/death).

How can you tell the difference between heart attack and angina?

Troponin. Serial troponin elevation is very sensitive for myocardial cell death. Clinical suspiciousness may lead to diagnose an acute myocardial infarction before the troponins begin to elevate and lead to emergency coronary revascularization within an hour of arrival to the emergency room thus preventing death and significantly preserving myocardial function and improving patient survival.
Disease vs. Symptom. Angina is the symptom of chest pain. It does not necessarily mean you are having a heart attack or even have heart disease. Heart attack is a laymen's term for damage to the heart muscle from inadequate blood to part of the heart muscle, usually due to a temporary or permanent blockage of one or more coronary arteries. Only a doctor can tell the difference.