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7 Symptoms You Must Know About Heart Attack!

Dr. Rajiv Agarwal 87% (73 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Medicine, DM - Cardiology, Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology
Cardiologist, Delhi
7 Symptoms You Must Know About Heart Attack!

Heart attacks often show some visible signs for concern. While many may not face the chest-clutching moment, there are other symptoms that are hard to miss. In fact, some heart attack symptoms are not even related to the chest. People suffering from cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure or above the age of 60 should especially be more careful about these symptoms. Here is a list of few alarming signs and symptoms of a heart attack:

  1. Discomfort in the chest: This is the most visible and common signs of a heart attack. A blocked artery can lead to a heart attack with symptoms such as tightness, pressure and intense pain in the chest. The discomfort typically last for a minute or longer. It must be kept in mind that a heart attack is entirely possible without feeling any pain whatsoever.
  2. Heartburn, nausea, stomach pain and indigestion: Many people reportedly face these symptoms before a heart attack. It is more likely for a woman to face these symptoms compared to a man. These conditions can happen in isolation as well. But a combination of these symptoms to a person suffering from blood pressure, high cholesterol should be taken seriously.
  3. The pain slowly shifts to the arm: This is another classic example of a heart attack. A symptom that starts from the left side of the body and radiates down. Even a constant and dull pain in the arm has resulted in heart attacks for many patients.
  4. Feeling of light-headedness: A sudden feeling of lightheadedness along with an acute chest pain is a very good sign of a heart attack. This symptom necessarily indicates that the blood pressure of the person has suddenly decreased and the heart is not able to pump enough blood.
  5. Jaw or throat pain: Jaw or throat pain by itself is nowhere related to the heart. Going by common beliefs, it can arise from sinus, muscular issue or simply a cold. Medical science states otherwise. If an ongoing chest pain spreads towards jaw or throat, it can well be an ensuing heart attack. Seeking immediate medical attention is necessary in such cases.
  6. Snoring: Loud snoring that sounds like choking or grasping can be a sign of sleep apnea. This is a condition when an individual stop breathing for few seconds making the heart pump more blood. If the condition persists, a doctor might suggest doing a sleep pattern analysis using a CPAP machine to identify if there is any possible threat of a heart attack.
  7. A persistent cough: A long lasting cough that produces pink mucus can be a very visible sign of a heart failure. This is the condition when the heart can’t keep pace with the demands of the body. This should be immediately reported to a doctor.
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I am 70 years old having hypertension and diabetes for the last 35 years. At the age of sixty I had accrue mayo cardiac infarction and under went angiogram and found 3 blocks in the arteries. Had cabg and put 3 bypass and under medication. After six months of the surgery I had another minor heart attack and done angiogram and found two blocks in the bypass and put two stents. Recent echo results shoes 60% of the heart muscle is damaged and 40% only in good shape. Heart pumping is slow and pulse rate is 40 to 45 per minute only. Now I am having constant angina and taking medications for the heart, hypertension and diabetes. Medicines taking daily Rand 500 two times Imdur 70 one Clopidogrel 75 one Ecosprin 150 one Metolar XR 25 one amlopres 5 two atorlip 20 one Amaryl 1 mg two Januvia 50 one Losar H 50 mg one Losar 25 mg one Lan 30 one Blood test results are normal cholesterol, lever function, kidney function, psa and urine analysis. HBA1C 6.1 Now Dr. Said as per the recent echo test heart muscle is thinned and enlarged little and this caused slowdown the pumping. Any other treatment I should take to prevent the heart from further damage. Please. Advise.

Dr. Debasish Pal 86% (48 ratings)
General Physician, Kolkata
First confirm that your blood sugar and blood pressure is under control, heart rate is regular. Then do an ECG. See if you have breathlessness. If you have constant anginal chest pain, Ramipril, a bets blocker such as Meyoprolol in slowly incremental doses. But you should consult a cardiolgist urgently in this regard.
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Early Diagnosis Of Myocardial Infarction And Emergency Management!

Dr. Manish Mittal 84% (10 ratings)
Cardiologist, Ghaziabad

Myocardial Infarction, commonly known as a heart attack, is a disorder in which there is a serious blockage of blood flow to the heart and its muscles.  The complete blockage of a coronary artery caused by a rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque is usually the underlying mechanism of an MI. So you can understand that it's a really critical problem and the person suffering from it, needs to be diagnosed immediately.


Here are some symptoms which will help to you to understand whether a person is suffering from it or not:

  • The most common symptom is chest pain or discomfort which may travel into the shoulder, arm, back, neck, or jaw. Often it occurs in the center or left side of the chest and lasts for more than a few minutes. The discomfort may occasionally feel like heartburn.
  • Unexplained shortage of breath or trouble in breathing is an important symptom.
  • Nausea or vomiting may follow after the patient feels lightheaded.
  • Women can face abdominal pain or discomfort in different parts of their body.Women more often have atypical symptoms than men.
  • Among those over 75 years old, about 5% have had an MI with little or no history of symptoms.
  • An MI may cause heart failure, an irregular heartbeat, cardiogenic shock, or cardiac arrest.
  • If you identify any of these symptoms, you must immediately call the medical emergency team and must not neglect the symptoms because these symptoms are really dangerous and can indicate a serious health issue.

Immediate response for myocardial infarction: 

  • After you have identified any of the symptoms described above that person may be suffering from Myocardial Infarction, the first thing which you must do is call the emergency response team or ambulance. Here are some tips for such a situation:
  • The most important thing you must do is to stay calm and stay with the person all the time. Make the patient lie down and keep interacting with him or her.
  •  If the person affected is not allergic to aspirin, then make him or her chew a baby aspirin. Do not let the person swallow it without chewing because it becomes more effective in that case.
  • If the person stops breathing then you must perform the CPR immediately or someone around you who is qualified to do so. If you are alone then the medical response team can help you perform it by guiding you via phone.
  • The patient should be immediately shifted to a nearby hospital for immediate medical attention.
  • ECG should be done immediately to diagnose the condition.


A myocardial infarction requires immediate medical attention. Treatment aims to preserve as much heart muscle as possible and to prevent further complications. Treatment in general aims to unblock blood vessels, reduce blot clot enlargement, reduce ischemia. The main treatment for myocardial infarctions with ECG evidence of ST elevation (STEMI) inc.

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I am suffering from heart disease marfan syndrome so what is precaution should I take?

Dr. Parminder Punn 91% (268 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Ludhiana
I am suffering from heart disease marfan syndrome so what is precaution should I take?
It is a genetic disorder. Difficult to cure. Be tall, and thin, with long arms, legs, fingers, and toes. They also typically have flexible joints and scoliosis.
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Hi. How much exercise should I do to keep my heart stronger ? I've heard that too much (vigorous exercise) is harmful for heart. What kind of exercise should I do ? Is walking or swimming for 30 to 40 minutes a day is safe n sufficient for a strong heart Please guide.

Dr. Shalini Singhal 96% (1807 ratings)
Ph.D(Clinical Nutrition), M.Sc(Foods&Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
How much exercise should I do to keep my heart stronger ?
I've heard that too much (vigorous exercise) is harmful...
Yes 40-50 min swimming, brisk walk, dance ,aerobics daily is sufficient and safe. If anyone has a heart ailment already, he should go by the cardiologists advice.
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What are the long term effects of ecosprin overdose? What if the victim takes 15nos of ecosprin at a time.

Dr. Deepak 93% (2906 ratings)
Homeopath, Kolkata
What are the long term effects of ecosprin overdose? What if the victim takes 15nos of ecosprin at a time.
Don't use much it will lead to anaplastic anaemia even blood cancer in long go. kindly consult back for proper guidance and treatment.
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Surviving A Heart Attack: The Big One!

Dr. Vivek Baliga B 90% (37 ratings)
MBBS, MRCP (UK), PG Diploma In Lipid Management, MBA (Healthcare)
Cardiologist, Bangalore
Surviving A Heart Attack: The Big One!

Surviving a heart attack may not be easy and if you’ve had one, it’s not unusual for you to feel worried and overwhelmed at the same time. Quite understandably, you would want to return home to your near and dear ones, and indulge in your usual activities as soon as possible. But in order to make sure you’re in the best of health and spirit, you would need to follow certain guidelines after a heart attack. Although you might start feeling better in a couple of weeks, you should not rush into things or push yourself too soon. Here’s a list post-treatment guidelines on how to maintain a healthy risk-free life so that you don’t have a relapse.

  1. Quit smoking- Smoking tobacco damages the walls of your blood vessels, preventing blood and oxygen from reaching your heart and other organs. It can lead to clotting of blood in your system and thereby increase the chances of another heart attack. So if you’re a smoker, it’s time you quit smoking and even restrain from passive smoking. If you find it difficult to cope with the problem, consult your doctor as he may be able to help you by providing alternatives to tobacco like nicotine gum.
  2. Control the risk factors- High blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes- these are some of the most common and probable risk factors for a heart attack. In order to manage these conditions, you will need to change your diet. The food you eat affects the flow of blood in your system, so include food items that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Cut down on processed and fried food, sodium and salt. Consume less high-fat dairy products and red meat, and switch to green veggies and fruits, and fish.
  3. Exercising can help- Although it may sound hectic after a major surgery, but engaging in some sort of exercise actually helps your heart pump blood and delivers oxygen to your body effectively. Since being obese or overweight increases the chances for a heart attack, you must keep your body weight in check. Any sort of exercise such as jogging, walking, running or swimming can help you lose weight, and lower the risk. However, before you start exercising you should consult a doctor so that they can monitor your condition and keep a track of your heart.

Recovering from a heart attack does not end with you surviving one. Heart attacks can be very stressful and upsetting. You will need to fight stress and depression even after the recovery. Go for some therapy or join a cardiac rehab that will arrange for programs run by medical professionals and doctors. Along with lifestyle changes, these programs help control your stress levels.

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Aged 73 male, I am prescribed rosuvas gold 20 mg inditel 25 mg dytor 5 for concentric LVH ,PML TIP CALCIUM AND dilated LA.

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 94% (13911 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Aged 73 male, I am prescribed rosuvas gold 20 mg inditel 25 mg dytor 5 for concentric LVH ,PML TIP CALCIUM AND dilate...
You can consult me through Lybrate for homoeopathic treatment.. Allopathic treatment will give temporary relief only..
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Hello sir, I have blood sugar I want information, how to secure my heart from diseases. My friend suggests me olive oil extra virgin and fish oil capsule in daily life. What you suggest me, whats your opinion sir.

Dr. Rajiv Bajaj 96% (1637 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, DM - Cardiology, Fellowship in EP
Cardiologist, Delhi
Diabetes us caused by diet rich in glucose. Decrease such items, increase foods low in glucose. All oils have equal glucose, so choose any for use.
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