symptoms of heart attack?

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   Posted 12/26/2008 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
My dad is not one to go to doctors much so I want some feedback to understand his condition. For the last month he has been having these attacks and from what Ive researched it seems serious. After a slight exertion (walking up stairs or hill, lifting, quick run), he gets a shortness of breath an a squeezing feeling in his upper chest and his left arm starts to hurt at the elbow area.As soon as he stops exerting himself all symptoms are subdued and he feels fine when he isnt doing any physical activity. He is 52 and doesnt sit around, always busy with something. From what i have read it seems these are symptoms of a heart attack, but if these were heart attacks he would be dead since he has been getting them for over a month now, right? What should he be doing to help with these attacks because he doesnt have insurance to go through the doctors? Im still going to get him to see my doctor but I would like more feedback on this issue. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Miss Helen
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   Posted 12/26/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't wait to get into a doctor, I'd take your dad to the emergency room. I also wouldn't start on aspirin without the advice of a medical doctor. (if it turns out to be a dissecting aneurysm it's not a good idea to be on aspirin, unless a doctor prescribes it.) It may be angina, it may be a heart attack, may be an infection of the heart muscle or it may even be an aneurysm. A doctor needs to see your dad and make the right diagnosis. Is there a medical facility in your area that will accept your dad without insurance?

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   Posted 12/28/2008 4:50 AM (GMT -6)   

 I hope everything starts going better and you can figure out what's going on. Please keep us posted, my husband is 29 and is having basically the same symptoms as you described, he's the same way with going to the doctor but I have put my foot down!!! nono      He's going to the doctor TOMARROW!!! Christmas night he said he thought he actually had a heart attack, I never know whats going on because he hides from me or just says he's tired or cant sleep or whatever. We have 5 kids and I dont want to explain to them why he's not gonna be around no more if he keeps this up.


 Take care

Johnny Knee Bone
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   Posted 12/28/2008 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
those are not symptoms of nerves acting up . Only half of those who have a heartattack survive ...your dad could be one of those, because right now he likely has a blockage which is only going to get worse , the rest either crumble in pain and only have limited time left , or stand there smiling and the next moment fall like a tree .

Tell him he has one heart the more the damage the earlier the death . It takes only up to 20 minutes for a bad clot to travel to that place called the heart obviously that clot is close and has very little distance left to travel...if it breaks free and ends up in the wrong place , you bet he'll drop .

Have ASA (aspirin) handy (just incase) make him take up to 4 regular strength immediately if he has these symptoms and cart him off to ER really I'm not a doctor , but thats the advice I've been given and if you look at videos on this forum you will see proffessional advice which mentions taking asa .

It may not be a bad idea to have a little 4 dollar spray container of Nitro in his pocket . Neither choice is alternative advice over getting him to the ER or doctor but its going to have an enormous impact on his survival if he does have a heart attack the other alternative is CPR(there are no other alternatives) until he gets a clot buster (about $3000.00 for the clot buster) and supposedly the clot buster can only be used once because a second will likely cause a person to bleed internally to death but they work almost 100% of the time ( for clots only don't mistake that for a tired ,weak ,lazy ,enlarged or poor electrical impulse of a heart )

Considering all this... he is playing chicken with his life , not a good idea when it comes to literal matters of the heart .I did not receive a clot buster because I think they were saving it as a last hope but I did get loads and loads of nitro pumped into me over 10 hours I had a heart attack and they performed angioplasty with stents (small tubes in the blocked vessel ) I digressed so much that nothing was working so the operation was my only chance. You can survive on only a portion of your heart but that means heart drugs everyday of your life and it makes you very weak even a small amount of heart damage changes you .
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