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 Blood Pressure Issues?
Hey all,

Yesterday my face went red and I felt dizzy so I decided to check my Blood Pressure. I checked it 3 times throughout the day and I got the following results:

123/62 ...

 Will Heart Surgery help my dad?
My father was told by his doctor he has a bad heart valve, and for him to feel better he should do heart surgery, and replace the bad valve with a ?pig or frog valve? not sure, but his main problem ...

 High blood pressure symptoms?
What are the usual signs before going to a G.P for testing?...

 Chest pain related to a heart attack?
I was watching TV and suddenly got a dull pain in the middle of my chest between my breasts, maybe slightly more on the left. The pain was on for about 30 seconds and then gradually subsided, but ...

 how do i get my cholesterol down?
how do i get my cholesterol down?? how do i know what is too much?...

 16 year olds head and heart,..?
I'm 16 years old, 5'7 and 125 pounds.
I could just be sitting and there my heart will be beating so hard and fast that it will make me feel sick.
and ill get intense heart pains ...

 Is it normal to have a fast heart beat?
when your sick with a cold or sinus infection and does not slow down even with beta blockers?
Additional Details
I don't have high bp and my heart rate is at about 126...

 best exercise for someone with angina...my hubby not me!Doctor has told him okay to do it the exercise that is

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 severe heart problem..HELP!!! PLEASE!!?
My boyfriend is 17 and he keeps getting severe heart pains. He was born with a hole in his heat. Usually when his heart hurts he turns bright red, its hard for him to breath, he blacks out a lot, and ...

 What is open heart surgery like?
I am 15 years old and was recently told i have a leaky heart valve, i am a smoker [sadly] and my mother always tells me that if i keep its up i will end up having to have open heart surgery. I am ...

 Patient has possible heart attack symptoms - what tests are done in the ER & how long do they take for result?

 Can A low intelligent person get high blood pressure?

 I believe I have heart failure...NHS and A&E aren't interested.. what should I do?
I have been waking up breathless and I get paralysed momentarily afterwards. Until I restore my breath I begin to move my legs, hands, eyes. I went twice for particular reason to the A&E and ...

 what's the cost of heart surgery bypass?

 D: my heart is acting funny?
okay, so sometimes.
i'll be laying down,
then randomly
it feels like i can't breathe
well, or something i don't know,
my throat just starts feeling weird

 Heart problems..?
I'm 22 and started having this about 2 years ago. My heart suddenly feels like it's pausing for 1 second, then starts again with a strong thud. Right at that moment it feels like 2 strong ...

 how can i get high without drugs?
hay, (dont lagh) i cant get high no matter how hard i try.... is there eny way i can get high natrilly? i tried pot just now but nothing happend(not exersize)...

 Can I lower my cholesterol just by diet and exercise? or I should go for medication?
I am 23 year old guy and I got my cholesterol high thorugh tests myLDL is around 150 and I dont know abt other two counts.
Since I knew this i started doing exercise almost 1hr/day everyday and ...

 Do energy drinks cause high blood pressure?
I came back from the GP after being told that my blood pressure was rather high (160 / 110) but my heart rate was normal at 75.

Although these blood pressure tests are only one offs and ...

Can a heart attack cause cardiac arrest?
my friend on facebook asked what michael jackson died from and i said heart attack and this gaytard who i dont even kno says "actually, it was cardiac arrest. theres a difference." and this other kid said "cardiac arrest can be caused by a heart attack" and now they're having a "comment argument" and giving me a bunch of notifications. so i am asking the public to please help me end this.

cardiac arrest is a fancy way of saying that someone had a heart attack and died... those two dooshes where totally wrong, there is NO difference between the two and heart attacks do not CAUSE cardiac arrest, it IS cardiac arrest...

Alex R
Umm Cardiac Arrest IS A heart attack, its just another more professional name for it.

there really the same thing both are known as a myocardial infarction. the only difference is that a heart attack if when a coronary artery in the heart becomes clogged with cholesterol and that part of the heart tissue dies due to insufficient oxygen levels. a cardiac arrest is when the heart stops beating.

Like some other posters have said heart attack and cardiac arrest are different. Here is to put it simple:
Heart attack is caused by blockage in an artery which causes ischemia. That is a lack of oxygen to that part of the heart and if not treated quickly it can die. The heart has different areas that can be affected. One of the first things that are done is a 12-lead EKG to see if it is a heart attack or angina. When ST-Segment elevation is noticed in two or more leads than it is most likely a heart attack. Keep in mind other conditions can cause this. Treatment for a heart attack is blood thinners like Heparin, going to the cath lab to remove the blockage, and possible open heart surgery for a bypass. Patients are also given medication for pain and oxygen. Many people survive heart attacks. I have seen many where some survived where others have died. If the LAD is blocked than there is a 95% chance of going into cardiac arrest. This is also known as the "widow maker" I have seen people live and die. Those that lived got to a cath lab very quickly.

When someone is in cardiac arrest than the heart has stopped and so has the breathing. This can be caused by numerous things including:
Heart attack
Trauma to chest or any other crucial body part
Hypovolemia which is blood loss
Too much potassium
and many other things.

The news reports have said that he most likely died from cardiac arrest but so does everyone. The question is WHAT CAUSED THE CARDIAC ARREST.

It will not be known until autopsy and they can look at the heart and tell if it was from a heart attack.

The other kid is 100% right but just remember, until autopsy they will not know if it was indeed a heart attack.

I have seen both. Heart attacks and cardiac arrest. Most do NOT survive cardiac arrest. It requires aggressive CPR, medications, and possibly defibrillation depending on the rythym.

Hope this helps

Yes it can. A heart attack is often caused by a narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels that supply the heart muscles or disruption of the conduction of electrical signals that cause the heart muscles to contract. The blockage usually occurs over a period of time, months to years, except for a blood clot that ends up in the arteries of the heart. Depending on the extent of the damage to the heart muscles it can cause irreversible cardiac arrest and death. A heart attack is not cardiac arrest. A heart attack can cause cardiac arrest. A great many individuals that have a heart attack live through it.

Laurence W
More simply:

The heart can continue beating during a heart attack. When the heart stops beating and does not resume, that is cardiac arrest.

A heart attack is a sudden complete blockage of a blood vessel to the heart muscle, a small vessel, or a large one, or many large ones. That part of the heart is then starved for oxygen. If too much of the heart is affected, the heart stops beating. Cardiac Arrest.

About 50% of first heart attacks are fatal, with the person dying in 2-10 hours most of the time. The person and those around him don't think it is a heart attack, and so do not respond appropriately or call 9-1-1. He's dying before their eyes, but they don't believe it, so they do nothing, or laugh it off as a joke. But they don't call 9-1-1, which should ALWAYS be done if someone is having chest pain or trouble breathing.

matador 89
“This other kid” was correct. Cardiac arrest may be the result of a heart attack. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is often confused with a heart attack. A prior heart attack increases one's risk for SCA, but SCA is quite different from a heart attack. Both disorders stem from problems with the heart but each with distinct risk factors, treatment options, and outcomes. A heart attack is caused by a circulation or "plumbing problem" of the heart, when one (or more) of the arteries delivering blood to the heart is blocked. Oxygen in the blood cannot reach the heart muscle, and the heart muscle becomes damaged. This damage to the heart muscle can lead to disturbances of the heart's electrical system. A malfunction of the heart's electrical system may cause dangerously fast heart rhythms that can lead to SCA. In contrast to a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is usually caused by an electrical problem in the heart. SCA occurs when the heart's lower chambers (ventricles) suddenly develop a rapid, irregular rhythm (ventricular fibrillation) causing the ventricles to quiver rather than contract. The chaotic quivering motion of the ventricles renders the heart an ineffective pump that can no longer supply the body and brain with oxygen. Within seconds, the person loses consciousness and has no pulse. Only immediate emergency treatment, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and external defibrillation, can prevent death from SCA. Every minute without treatment after the onset of SCA decreases survival by 10 percent, and emergency treatment must be received quickly to prevent death.


It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

I add a link with details of both these subjects


Hope this helps
matador 89

Yes, a heart attack can cause a cardiac arrest if blood supply is completely cut off and the heart isn't receiving adequate blood/oxygen supply.

JP and Alex R are completely wrong. Cardiac arrest and heart attack are NOT the same thing,- although as I mentioned above, a heart attack can cause a cardiac arrest in some cases.

A heart attack is caused by a prolonged reduction in blood/oxygen supply to the heart as a result of a blockage in one of the vessels which supplies the heart. Tissue/cell death then occurs as a result of this and the area is said to be infarcted.

A cardiac arrest simply means that the heart has stopped pumping blood around the body due to a disturbance in heart rhythm,- most commonly ventricular fibrillation. Many different things can cause this. As mentioned above, heart attack itself can lead to a cardiac arrest if blood supply is not restored to the heart quick enough and/or blood supply is completely blocked off.

Unconfirmed reports are suggesting MJ died of an overdose of prescription drugs which can cause both respiratory and cardiac arrest.

You can have a heart attack without experiencing the changes in rhythms that can lead to a cardiac arrest. For example, blood supply may only be partially cut off.

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