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What are the symptoms of heart attack?

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Posted on Mon, 18 May 2015
Question: I think I had a heartattack but they said no at the emergency room
but I had the worse pain in my left arm before I went and it was unbearable. they did an ekg but it said I didn't have one could it be wrong
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Answered by Dr. Anantharamakrishnan (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Not likely to be wrong

Detailed Answer:
Hi friend
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Typical history, EKG changes, and elevated cardiac markers (enzymes) – are the three things to make a diagnosis of heart attack.

Normal EKG is reassuring but cannot definitely exclude an attack. They do blood tests / repeat the EKG after a few hours
When the pain is not typical and the EKG is normal, nothing further is done at the moment.

Days later, a stress EKG (Treadmill Test - TMT) or stress ECHO is done – to exclude underlying possibility of ischemia. They may also estimate risk factors, like cholesterol etc…

Good luck
God bless you
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Brief Answer: Not likely to be wrong Detailed Answer: Hi friend Welcome to Health Care Magic Typical history, EKG changes, and elevated cardiac markers (enzymes) – are the three things to make a diagnosis of heart attack. Normal EKG is reassuring but cannot definitely exclude an attack. They do blood tests / repeat the EKG after a few hours When the pain is not typical and the EKG is normal, nothing further is done at the moment. Days later, a stress EKG (Treadmill Test - TMT) or stress ECHO is done – to exclude underlying possibility of ischemia. They may also estimate risk factors, like cholesterol etc… Good luck God bless you