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Do blood sugars increase during a heart attack?

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Do blood sugars increase during a heart attack?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.
Hello,
I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.
I am sorry that your question was unanswered for long.
A heart attack (as a matter of fact any significant stress to body)can increase the blood sugar. Your symptoms of light headedness, cold sweats and pain over the light breast; need further work up with your past medical history. This may be related to heart issue and all these symptoms warrant high caution. The other causes for your manifestations can be non cardiac chest pain as following:
1) Esophageal spasm
2) Esophageal motility disorder
3) Esophagitis.
Following treatment may help you;
a) Calcium channel blockers (diltiazem, nifedipine) decreases the spasm and improves the movements of the esophagus.
b) Relaxation techniques.
c) Noncardiac chest pain in the setting of esophageal spasm and esophageal movement disorder (dysmotility) often shows good response to antireflux therapy, even in the absence of typical gastroesophageal reflux symptoms.
d) Reassurance and control of anxiety is extremely important.
Anti reflux therapy is;
1) antacids; Maalox
2) acid blocker; Prilosec
3) loosing weight, if overweight.
4) avoiding alcohol, citrus fruits and juices, chocolate, and tomato based products
5) avoiding large meals. Eat 5 small meals in a day.
6) wait three hours after the meal before you sleep.
7) elevate head end of the bed by 8 inches.
Following also would be helpful;
A. Herbs;
1) Cranberry
2) Peppermint
B. Homeopathy
1) Nux Vomica
2) Pulsatilla
C. Nutrition and supplements;
1) Multivitamin; vitamins A, C, E, the B vitamins, and trace minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and selenium.
2) Probiotic supplement
3) Omega 3 fatty acid
4) Avoid; cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.5) Also avoid; white breads, pastas, and especially sugar, red meats,
6) Eat lean meats, cold water fish, tofu, beans, olive oil
Helpful investigations to establish and confirm the diagnosis are;
1) Esophageal manometry; evaluates esophageal motor pattern.
2) Esophagram / Barium swallow
3) Ambulatory esophageal manometry
4) CT scan of the chest.
Having said that; still you need to get a cardiac evaluation for the precaution.
Please feel free for your follow up questions.
I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.
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