Posts Tagged ‘heart attack’

If Your Chest Pain’s Not Heart-Related, What Is It?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

by Leigh Ann Otte

We all know to seek emergency care for chest pain, but what happens when the tests are run and it turns out, it’s not a heart attack? What in the world was it?

Could be a number of things, writes Richard N. Fogoros, M.D., in this week’s featured article. Arthritis, shingles, a blood clot–even acid-reflux disease. That last one “often has many of the characteristics of classic cardiac pain, including a response to nitroglycerin,” Fogoros says.

Get a quick rundown here: “When It’s Not a Heart Attack: Other Causes of Chest Pain.” And never be embarrassed to seek emergency care. If it turns out your pain is from something else, great. Now you know–and you’re still alive.

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of and a freelance health writer.

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Are Heart Attacks Really More Likely in the Morning?

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

Yes, you really are, according to our feature article this week. Theories as to why involve adrenaline and the cardiovascular system getting geared back up.

But the remedy isn’t sleeping in.

… On second thought, don’t tell anybody I said that. … Pushing snooze …

Read the article here. Are you surprised this rumor is true?

Leigh Ann Otte
is the managing editor of and a freelance writer, editor and blogger.

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