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I am a 57 year old woman. Lately I have had episodes of shortness of breath and 'feeling' my heart beat. Last week there was a day where I had severe pain in left arm. I know these are symptoms of heart attacks but I don't feel bad. Could these be warning signs that I am about to have one in the near future?

Doctor's Assistant: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? Have you noticed any swelling?

No more than normal

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

My dad died of heart disease

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Doctor: Dr. Greg, Board Certified MD replied 3 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Greg, Board Certified MD replied 3 months ago

I'm sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well lately.

You are correct that your symptoms are concerning for a possible heart attack, or angina (which is a sign of a pending heart attack). I would recommend that you go to a local urgent care if your symptoms recur.

It's important to note that most symptoms associated with a heart attack, are not "severe", but tend to be mild or moderate to most people. While this doesn't mean that you are having a heart attack, the lack of severe symptoms isn't always reassuring.

Factors that increase a person's risk for a heart attack include:

- Age greater than 55 for females (greater than 45 for males)

- High blood pressure

- High cholesterol

- Diabetes

- Overweight / Obesity

- Tobacco use (i.e. cigarette smoking)

- Excessive alcohol consumption

- Family history of your mother suffering from heart disease prior to age 65, or your father prior to age 55.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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Doctor: Dr. Greg, Board Certified MD replied 3 months ago
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