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 Whats the difference between a stroke and a heart attack?
self explanatory......

 Heart feels cold and there is an irregular beat?
For the last couple of days my heart has felt 'cold'.

You know that feeling when you work in the yard all day and you grab a cold glass of water and take a drink, you can feel ...

 Heart attack question ?
On the BBC health web page it says that about 50% of people who have a heart attack die within 28 days.

Is this correct and is there any way of knowing which people will die ?...

 Heartburn and an elevated pulse?
Are these two related at all? I'm in my third trimester, and my heart burn has been horrible. Whenever its really bad, my heart rate gets really high(my blood pressure is low, no worries there)....

 Why does your heart rate speed up after a hot bath?

 My resting blood pressure today was 113/58 and my pulse was 103. Is this normal?
I am a 24-year-old white female and am in average shape if this helps.
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Thanks for all the answers. They have been helpful. I have palpitations a lot also. So I ...

 My 85 year old father is in the hospital because his kidneys are shutting down. What should we expect?
What can we do? Thank you in advance for your answers....

 is my blood pressure dangerously high?
im 18 and i just came back from my friends house, its been a week since i had a soda and i had like 7 last night, from then on my left arm felt kinda tingly, after trying to fall asleep it started to ...

 can sadness give you heart palpitations?

 Did i have a heart attack?
I was with my girlfriend one day making out,and i suddenly felt a pain in the center of my chest.followed by a cold sensation. now im experiencing strange heart beat patterns. and a lot of heart burn....

 Can smoking or chewing tobacco lovwer your blood pressure?

 Whats wrong with my heart?
For ages now my heart has been acting really weird. Every so often during the day my heart starts beating oddly, its like when you've been holding your breath for ages and when you take a ...

 i felt dizzy and have my blood pressure check, my bp is 170/120, i guess the highest ive ever had so far,?
i wonder what triggers my hypertension, sometimes without taking any meds my bp was normal and sometimes my bp get lower than normal, again without meds....

 Can heart ache cause heart attack?
Do people die of a broken ...

 Fast heart beat and shortness of breath??(read ALL PLEASE HELP)?
It all started about a month ago i was in the movies with my dad and had a "tackacardia"...the doctor said. i was rushed to the hospital and my heart beat was 180 per minute. EVERY DAY/...

 Can anyone please guide me, wt does it say..? ECG!?
left atrial abnomality
abnormal left a axis deviation
rs transaction zone in weak leads dis placed to the left
left interior fascilcular block
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I am ...

 how were heart attacks were treated in the past?

 How swollen do ankles need to get before it is a concern? I was told to watch them because of heart problems.?
i recently learned that i have heart problems. my ankles are half an inch larger than usual. i'm not sure how serious that is....

 what can you do when your heart hurts and it hurts to breathe? (literally, not some stupid break up thing)?
my sister is having really short breaths and says that her heart hurts. is that normal?...

 What happens when someone experiences a heart attack mid flight?
What is the degree of medical personal on a commercial airline? What can they do for you?
I read about a Sri Lankan woman who experienced a heart attack about 1 hr after taking off, the entire ...

what's the life expectancy of someone with 20% heart function?

L_H Qutub(Retired)
You mean to say that your EF is 20? well it carries a poor prognosis. No doctor on earth can tell you how much more long you are going to live.
LIVE TWICE, LET EVERY MOMENT BE MEMORABLE ONE, MAY BE THE DISEASE CAN REGRESS! miracles do occur may be you are the chosen one.

i dont know

Susan B
Well, there isn't a clear answer for this. My mom had a heart issue last year where her heart function was down to 20%. She was told if it dropped to 18% they would put her on the heart transplant list. With 20% heart function, the individual is at significant risk for imminent heart attack which would lead to death because the heart doesn't have the strenght to bounce back. My mom went on corrigan which significantly helped. By the way, normal heart function is around 50-55%, so going down to 20% can happen more quickly than you imagine. If this individual is seeing a cardiologist they should have some possible solutions. Best of luck to you.

around 60 years?

Joseph H
6 months up to 5 years but also other organ or disease play a vital factor. 20% is considered terminal.

With an EJECTION FRACTION of 20 % one normally becomes bedridden and it is impossible to talk of a life expectancy .

Around that figure and lower, and taking the age into consideration, a heart assist device( artificial heart) may be indicated pending the availability of a donor's heart for transplantation.

But if the causative disease is amenable to medication or surgery then the prognosis may improve.

Good Luck

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