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 How can I find out if my Dad's blood pressure is dangerous?
My dad's blood pressure is 85/50. I know nothing about this and I need to know if this is dangerous or not!! Help please!...


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 I have PREMATURE VENTRICULAR CONTRACTIONS (skipped heart beats) . . .?
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 Why am i so tired and drained?
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 What are the signs of a heart attack?
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 HOW CAN I LOWER MY BLOOD PRESSURE?
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i HAVE ALREADY BEEN TO THE DOCTORS!...


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 What is wrong and what will doctors do?
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 Could u have a heart attack wihtout realizing it?
and if you did have a heart attack without realizing it what would happen to you over the weeks and months? are you more likley to get anohter one if you never got help for the first one?...


 Doctors Are Wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...
see i had pains in my chest and at the same time i have a heart problem with my valves when i seen the doctors and told him about these pains he said they were nothing my heart was below mild which i ...


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 Why can't animals get heart attacks, but people do?

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A book by Dr. Mattias makes such claims, but I wanted to get some objective resources....


 Is it true that you can stop a heart attack by coughing?
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the_last204
Does chest pain mean a heart attack?
I have minor but sharp pain on the left side, sometimes the right side of my ribcage, does this mean a heart attack?
                     




thelastid
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I wish!

Nope. Never is. Just gas. (sigh)


MR
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Chest pain is one of the main symptoms of a heart attack but it doesn't mean you are having one. Heart attack pain also can radiate into the neck, or arms. I learned in my Health Occupations class that many patients who have a heart attack say that they feel like a bolder is on their chest as well. My uncle had a heart attack and he said it was like indigestion. I would suggest to go to the ER to be checked out.


iluvbabies84
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I have no idea what a heart attack feels like. But i am having the same symptoms as you are. I went to the hospital yesterday, and they said it was just Acid Reflux. It makes your heart hurt like h*ll.
You need to get to the hospital immediately...like right now. Only a doctor can really tell you whats wrong after looking at your ex-rays.
But until you get to the hospital, try taking some heartburn medicine like Zantac or Pepic AC. Do not eat for 2 hours before you go to bed. And sleep in an upright position.


billy d
Don't screw around with chest pain.. go to a doctor.
I have had heart attacts, and a quadruple bypass, if my heart misses a beat, or a small pain, i am gone to the er, and i mean right now..


caffsans
not necessarily ,but wouldn't hurt to get it looked into by the Dr


melissa m
No. You can be stressed, or it can be from moving something, or doing something that your body is not used to. Most people who are having a heart attack have the symptoms such as pain in right arm sharp chest pain sweats shortness of breath. You can have a heart attack and not know it and that is called a "silent heart attack." If you have a concern make an appointment to see you physician. But if it's just a sharp pain, I would not worry too much.


lytnyngryder
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Not really. It good be gas, or like me I have a bad back. My spine is curved and it pulls on my rib cage. This in turn, pushes on my organs.


Chrys
could be stomach, liver, gallbladder, just about anything...


Alabama Girl
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Not necessarily. It could be a heart problem. You need to see a doctor about it. Better safe than sorry.


daisy5263
not necessarly...

http://www.pennhealth.com/ency/article/003079.htm

maybe just gas, add a tablespoon of baking soda to a glass of water, drink it down, this may help... if not it wont do any harm....


TweetyBird
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To answer your first question, chest pain doesn't necessarily mean heart attack. To answer your second question, what you're describing doesn't sound at all like heart attack.


linda l
I would go see a doctor b4 it gets worse. Your life is too precious to take any chances!!


James M
It could be associated with lung infections caused by viral or bacterial.

The only way to check out a heart is thru an EKG . This will determine if you have had a heart attack or even if you are on the virge of one. It can also determine heart murmurs and Atrial Fibrillation. That along with your blood pressure. is first step analysis.


Muga Wa Kabbz
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Chest pain is angina. Angina can sometimes me a symptom of a heart attack. When you have angina that is a crushing chest pain, besides diaphoresis/sweating, heart-burn, you feel weak and tired. Plus is the chest pain is not disappearing,then you are most def. having a heart attack.


tennessee
it could be a lot of things. go to the doc now.
A life is a precious gift dont gamble go to the er and get checked out. they have tests to see what it is,


Jot
I would say check with the doctor, it could just be acid reflux. For awhile my chest was hurting, ends up it was acid reflux.


AJ
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This happen to me, I even got shooting pains down my arm! I was so scared about it.
Anyhow, it ended up being acid reflux.
This could be the same for you too. Maybe its digestive problems.


futuredoc
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There are many different causes of chest pains. Some of these causes are life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Angina at rest, and heart attack caused by a blood clot in a coronary artery are the most common causes. Less common, but also life-threatening, conditions that cause chest pain include aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, and pneumothorax.

Any serious chest pain should receive prompt medical attention. Medications and treatments are available to improve the chances of surviving a life-threatening cause of chest pain, and the sooner these therapies are initiated, the greater the chance to prevent death.

Heart Attack
Although a heart attack is classically associated with severe pain across the chest, many people feel only a tightness or squeezing sensation in the chest. The discomfort of a heart attack may be confined to the arm, upper back, neck, or jaw. Some people only experience a feeling of indigestion, nausea, shortness of breath, or sweating. The discomfort associated with a heart attack usually lasts several hours.

Anyone experiencing symptoms associated with a heart attack that last more than 15 to 30 minutes requires immediate medical attention. Medications and treatments can dissolve the blood clot and restore blood flow to the heart. The sooner these are administered, the more heart muscle can be saved.

What to Do When Experiencing Chest Pains
If the cause of chest pain is unclear or suggests a life-threatening condition, go promptly to a hospital emergency room. People who may be having a heart attack or another life-threatening condition should not drive to the hospital and should call immediately for emergency attention. In many areas, emergency medical service is available by dialing 911.

An evaluation of the characteristics of the pain or discomfort is made to help identify the particular medical problem. Tests performed in the emergency room to help determine the cause of chest pain include electrocardiogram (ECG), chest x-ray, blood oxygen level, and certain blood chemical tests. When the chest pain is thought to be angina, other tests that may be performed include a treadmill stress test, nuclear scan, stress echo study, and cardiac catheterization.

Non-cardiac causes of chest pain include the following:

Gastrointestinal Causes (reflux, ulcer)
Musculoskeletal Causes
Pulmonary Causes (pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, pneumothorax)
Aortic Dissection
Nerve Impingement
Shingles
Gastrointestinal Causes
Pains originating from the digestive tract often can mimic heart pains. Acid produced in the stomach can sometimes reflux, or back up into the esophagus, the long tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. This can cause discomfort in the upper stomach or around the breastbone. Acid reflux can irritate and inflame the esophagus, a condition known as esophagitis. It occurs after a meal or when one lies down. One clue that acid reflux may be the cause of chest pain is that the discomfort often is relieved by the use of an antacid such as Maalox� or Mylanta�.
Another cause of pain originating from the digestive tract is an ulcer, an erosion of the lining of the stomach or duodenum, the first part of the small intestine. Ulcers can result from heavy alcohol consumption, or chronic use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs), and pain medications, such as ibuprofen (Motrin�) and naproxen sodium (Aleve�, Naprosyn�). Due to potentially severe gastrointestinal and cardiovascular side effects, NSAIDs should only be used as instructed.

Ulcers may also develop without a clear cause. As with acid reflux, the ulcer pain can cause discomfort in the upper abdomen, can be triggered by eating, and is sometimes relieved with antacids.

Musculoskeletal Causes
The chest contains many muscles, bones, tendons, and cartilage (the rubbery tissue that connects muscles and bones). Strains or sprains to any of these can cause chest pains. Chest pains associated with musculoskeletal injury are typically sharp and confined to a specific area of the chest. They may be brought on by movement of the chest and/or arms into certain positions, and often are relieved by changing position. These pains can be triggered by pushing on part of the chest and often become worse when taking a deep breath. These pains usually last only seconds, but can persist for days.


Pulmonary Causes
Pneumonia is an infection that develops in the lungs. It can lead to inflammation of the lung tissue or the tissue that surrounds the lung, a condition called pleuritis. Both conditions can cause chest pains. The pains of pneumonia and pleuritis are often made worse by deep breaths or coughing.

A rare but life-threatening condition that affects the lungs is pulmonary embolism, a blood clot that develops in a vein in the pelvis or legs. If part of the clot breaks free, it can travel through the bloodstream and into the lungs, where it may block the flow of blood in part of the lung. This can cause sudden chest pains and shortness of breath. Although blood clots can develop in people with no obvious risk factors, people considered to be at increased risk include those who remain immobile for long periods (e.g., bed-bound patients, people who sit through long-distance plane trips), cancer patients, and women who use birth control pills and smoke. Pulmonary embolism is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.

Another rare but potentially lethal lung condition that can cause chest pains is pneumothorax, which occurs when part or all of a lung collapses. Pneumothorax produces sharp chest pains and severe shortness of breath. As with other lung conditions, the pain may be felt more acutely with deep breaths, or may be made better or worse by assuming certain positions. Like pulmonary embolism, pneumothorax is a condition that requires immediate medical attention.

Aortic Dissection
A rare but often fatal condition associated with chest pain occurs when a tear develops in the wall of the aorta (the large blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the head, arms, chest, abdomen, and legs). This condition, called aortic dissection, causes severe pains in the chest and/or back. Often described by survivors as the worst pain they ever experienced, the pain of aortic dissection may last hours, even days. Although it occurs most commonly in patients with high blood pressure, aortic dissection can strike anyone. It is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate diagnosis and treatment.

Nerve Impingement
The network of nerves that service all parts of the body originates in the spinal cord. The spinal cord runs through the spinal canal inside the spine or backbone. Smaller nerves branch off the spinal cord at various points along the neck and back and exit through openings along the spine. If one of these nerves becomes pinched or partially blocked where it exits the spine, pain can result. Nerve impingement also occurs when one or more of the soft discs that serve as shock absorbers between the bones of the spine become are damaged or "slip out of place." Impingement of the nerves by either of these processes can produce sharp "shooting" pain in the shoulders, arms, neck, or chest. These pains often are triggered by certain movements of the neck or arms.

Shingles
The chickenpox that most people experience as children is caused by a virus. Although the symptoms of chickenpox usually pass quickly, the virus itself can remain in the body, lying dormant for years. Occasionally, the virus can become "reactivated" and spread through a nerve to a specific area of the skin. When this occurs, it can cause pain, and later, the development of vesicles on the skin. This condition is called shingles. Because the onset of discomfort or pain associated with shingles can precede the appearance of vesicles by several days, a person can experience pain in a certain area of the chest for several days before the cause becomes apparent. This discomfort often manifests as a dull, constant burning or pain in a localized area of the chest. Prompt recognition and diagnosis of shingles is important because medications now are available which, if administered early enough, can minimize the pain and shorten the duration of the attack.

i dont think its anything serious, but i dont want to give a wrong diagnose, so if its really painfull and/or persistent call your doc or go to the e.r


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