Highlights Heart Attack Symptoms Common signs and symptom of heart attack include: Chest pain or discomfort (angina), which can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest. With heart attack, the pain usually lasts for more than a few minutes, but it may increase and decrease in intensity. Discomfort in the upper body including the arms, neck, back, jaw, or stomach. Shortness of breath, which can occur with or without chest pain. Nausea and vomiting Breaking out in cold sweat Lightheadedness or fainting Women are less likely to have chest pain Immediate Treatment of a Heart Attack The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recommend: If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 right away. After you call 911, chew an adult-size (325 mg) non-coated aspirin. Be sure to tell the paramedics so an additional aspirin dose is not given. Angioplasty, also called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is a procedure that should be perfor...
Alternative Names Backache; Low back pain; Lumbar pain; Pain - back; Acute back pain; Back pain - new; Back pain - short-term Treatment To get better quickly, take the right steps when you first get pain. Here are some tips for how to handle pain early on: Stop normal physical activity for the first few days. This helps calm your symptoms and reduce inflammation. Apply heat or ice to the painful area. Try ice for the first 48-72 hours, then use heat. Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). While sleeping, try lying in a curled-up, fetal position with a pillow between your legs. If you usually sleep on your back, place a pillow or rolled towel under your knees to relieve pressure. A common misbelief about back pain is that you need to rest and avoid activity for a long time. In fact, bed rest is NOT recommended . You may want to reduce your activity only for the first couple of days. Then, slowly start your usual activities after that....
Mitral insufficiency; Acute mitral regurgitation
-- unrelated to coronary artery disease or a heart attack
Shortness of breath
that increases when lying flat (orthopnea)
Sensation of feeling the heart beat ( palpitations )
Note: Symptoms may start suddenly.
Signs and tests
The doctor may detect a thrill (vibration) over the heart when feeling ( palpating ) the chest area. An extra heart sound (S4 gallop) and a distinctive heart murmur may be heard when listening to the chest with a stethoscope. However, some patients may not have this murmur. If fluid backs up into the lungs, there may be crackles heard in the lungs.
is usually normal.
The following tests may be performed:
Chest MRI scan
- may also show fluid in the lungs or prominent lu...
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