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Symptom of heart attack?

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Dr. John Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Garner
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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine

In brief: Varies Considerably

Most heart attacks have no symptoms.
In men, when symptomatic, pressure/squeezing sensation most common; also for women, but women often describe many more variations. If discomfort changed reproducibly by deep breaths, change in body posture or direct pressure on/around the location, probably not heart ischemia. If relieved by ntg, could be angina, if ntg no effect, probably not angina, etc.

In brief: Varies Considerably

Most heart attacks have no symptoms.
In men, when symptomatic, pressure/squeezing sensation most common; also for women, but women often describe many more variations. If discomfort changed reproducibly by deep breaths, change in body posture or direct pressure on/around the location, probably not heart ischemia. If relieved by ntg, could be angina, if ntg no effect, probably not angina, etc.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
If major ST-elevation myocardial infarction, shortness of breath, radiation of symptoms to neck (carotid artery area) & down inside of arms plus possible sweating, nausea (even vomiting) & weakness are other common associated symptoms. Keep in mind: most chest symptoms are NOT due to heart attack, yet many medical people jump to assumption & promote defensive medicine tests without benefits..
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