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Hi, im an 18 year old female I weigh about 160, my mother & sister has high blood pressure, other than that no family heart issues/attacks. For the past 4 days my left arm (upper) and my left coller bone has been aching, I wouldn't say pain.. its more like pulling a muscle feeling and also my left side of my neck, it can really feel it if I lean forward.
It's been getting worse and I have read more than once that these are all symptoms that precede a heart attack in women. I am almost 23 5'9 142Lbs, and I have a pretty bad diet honestly. But there is also a high rate of heart disease on both sides of my family. My great grandmother died at 51 from a massive heart attack, as did her son. My grandfather had a quadruple bypass before he was 50, my mom has had mild heart attacks.
Rushed myself to the ER and had blod pressure. EKG, Blood Work, Chest X-Ray, ECG and Stress Test. All show negative towards heart attack and normal. They labled this anxiety although I had no stress in my life. The next week couple of weeks I had heart palpitations. I wore a loop recorder for a week and found nothing. Then the third week after being discharged I felt my body having pins and needles feeling for one week at night only and have muscle tremor and jerks.
And if they can, what type of history do teenage heart attack victims usually have in order to get one? Do my symptoms just sound like typical anxiety symptoms? And could I possibly be a rare case where even though my history is all good I have a serious heart problem? Or is that just pretty darn unusual? I am currently seeing a primary Dr. and had an EKG and chest x-ray that came back normal. I had blood work done but have not gotten the results yet.
I've been told that the ectopic beats won't cause a heart attack and that a heart attack is usually caused by a lack of blood flow to the heart which I do not have. I'm kind of a worrier. I don't have high blood pressure or diabetes and I'm 36 - 5'8"/140lbs. So, my question is, can stress alone cause a heart attack? I was told it is typically a secondary risk factor to the major risk factors - overweight etc. I've had anxiety and panic attacks and my psychologist wants me to face my fears.
do you deal with patients with coronary artery spasms, could i get a heart attack from these spasms. I tend to wait before going to the er. and last but not least i always seem to have normal ekg's, do these spasms not show up on ekg's? cause they always say well your ekg is normal but i'm clearly having a spasm. thanks so much for your help.
I am a relatively healthy 38 year old female who had a heart attack last year and was fortunate enough to receive the medical care needed in time. I still can not get an answer as to why I had the heart attack within 45 days of a CT heart scan and other tests showing no signs of blockage. I have been under the care of a cardiologist for five years, when diagnosed with a failing aortic valve and enlarged ascending aorta.....with suggestions from doctor's that I may have Marfan's syndrome.
I was downstairs in my bedroom and I was in bed lying down and my heart just started pounding like crazy and I thought I was having a heart attack. I took an aspirin just in case .. (they tell you to do that if you are having a heart attack) so I did. I waited up until 5:30am, afraid to go to sleep because I thought I would not wake up. The next day I woke up with a terrible headache and had this pain and pressure in my head. I went to the ER and they gave me a Xanax and sent me home.
Heart attacks happen most oftenly in individuals who are older with multiple risk factors (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, history of smoking, diabetes, and family history of an early heart attack).
The results came back as a slight irregularity in my heart. I soon found out that every female from my mother's side since my grandmother had these symptoms. After talkign over it with my psychiatrist who prescribes me my antidepressants and concerta, he believes its all in my head. What could this really be?
The heart disease that I am aware of in my family are my paternal grandfather (angina, heart attack, died at 84), my father (heart attack at age 47, no problems since, he is now 76), and I believe my maternal grandmother had an angina attack in her 60's or 70's (she died at 98, not of heart disease, just age-related deterioration). I am just in constant discomfort, and although I began a walking program, that usually leaves me winded and a bit dizzy, so it's discouraging.
Why doesn't a Heart Cath show a heart attack? Doesn't this give patients a sense of false information unless they resort to a Cardiac MRI? Question: How long must one be on Plavix to keep coated stents open? I need knee surgery badly and need to be off Plavix for 5 days prior to surgery. Cardiologist has vetoed all surgery. I have 3 stents and with 2 of the stents, I have been on Plavix for 15 months and the last stent..on Plavix for 9 months. What is Cleveland Clinics thoughts on this?
I have had my heart checked and tests came back good but almost everytime I feel ill I link it back to my heart (benign PVC's PAC's Tachy).Do you think I have an anxiety disorder? Because it has been driving me nuts over this past year and thats kind of sudden to start having anxiety?Anyway, if I do I want to see a counceller or something, but I don't want to dismiss actual health problems.My cardio said not to worry about my heart yet I worry.
I am left uneasy simply in wondering if I am due in for a heart attack. 24, female, thin, not a smoker, decently healthy diet, low but 'normal' blood pressure, no diabetes, no family history of heart disease, BUT not very active. Could inactivity really be my only problem?
I dont have much history of heart disease in my family (my grandpa died in his 60's from heart attack and my dad in on medication for high cholesterol & blood pressure). In the past I have had problems with my blood pressure and cholesterol but have managed to get it under control with diet and exercise.
The anxiety for me didn't start until after I had my second child. I feel like I am having a heart attack, but the doctors have assured me that my heart is fine. He gave me Paxil but I only took it for about a week because it made all of my symptoms even worse and made it so I couldn't sleep for 3 days. He wants me to switch to Zoloft, but I am afraid to go through all of that again.
It scared me because I thought I was having a heart attack. After numerous cardio tests I was told I have a 2% chance of having a heart attack in the next ten years. I have changed my diet and stay away from caffeine and processed foods. I also gained almost 30 lbs since, because I would have anxiety attacks when I exerted myself so exercising became an issue. I researched cures for anxiety and the one thing that kept coming up was exercise.
I would like to know if anyone else has lost their Dad suddenly like I did and was very close to their DAd, I just feel like noone understands, Heart failure seeems to be quite rare. He never had a heart attack, no warning, no 2nd chance.
Well, I talked with my electrophysiologist the other day. I told him the new course of treatment wasn't working either and all I did was slept. My son made the comment, "all you ever do is sleep, mommy." I told him I was tired of being tired all the time. None of the medications have helped and I'm tired of experimenting. I now have hundreds of dollars worth of medical bills to pay and a ton of medications I don't even take! If anything I'm worse today than I was a year ago.
My cardio tells me that if I were having a heart attack, I would be having more severe chest pain, cold sweats, the typical heart attack symptoms (this is a different doc then I originally had as we moved) My problem is this.... How can I know that what I am feeling is not heart related when my first heart attack symptoms were so vauge? I dont feel that "doom" but also dont feel like its just panic either.
Traditionally she is too young to have a heart attack, but the symptoms you describe are classic signs of a heart attack... people can have heart attacks that go unnoticed but can be picked up in an EKG... i would take her to the hospital and have her worked up with blood work and EKG, etc.. Hope she is okay!!
Six months ago, I had what I thought was a heart attack. I couldn't breathe and my heart was racing uncontrollably. I went to the ER and found out my tsh was .001. They took me off my thyroid meds and placed me on a beta blocker. They said I was having a panic attack. In one month off meds my tsh shot to 26 and my antibodies were above 250. My T3 and T4 were normal. My question is that my panic attacks have not went away. I have them all the time now.
I do not know my father at all, so if there are heart problems on his side of the family, I am unaware of them. Can I have anything like Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Attack, or Heart Disease at such a young age? Did all of the caffeine I drank in my childhood/adolescence possibly have an effect on my heart? And if the caffeine possibly did have an effect on my heart, is it life treating? I just don’t know what’s wrong with me and I just feel so in the dark and so terrified all the time.
Doctors look out for higher risk family members when anyone in their family has suffered from a heart attack at age 50 or younger and your brother was over the thresh hold when he passed away....so sorry for your loss tho that is very young to experience that. Your EF rates are excellent however the tach ing out in the 160's to me needs to be addressed. Have the doctors at all mentioned the possibility of having an ablation done to take control of this situation?
My 38 female friend had a heart attack and really had a hard time convincing ER staff that she was indeed having a heart attack. Just because she was young and female. She wound up having open heart surgery with a quad bypass, so NEVER take chest pain for anything like indegestion or a muscle strain, it COULD BE a heart attack.
Also, heart disease may possibly run in your family, as you mentioned your father died of a heart attack at such a young age. My advice to you is to see a cardiologist as soon as possible to get to the bottom of this. I wish you the best of luck.
I have gone to both a cardio and a neuro, with no help. Now the bothersome symptoms are pounding heart, chest pain, leg twitching, I also have some very sharp pains in the back of my head often. Could you please give me some feedback on my situation. Maybe list some topics I could research. I was also wondering could there been anything wrong with my heart after having a normal TEE. All tests mentioned above were normal. Thank you so much...
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