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Question: I was wanting to know if you have to have high blood pressure when you have a heart attack? Friday afternoon around 2:30 I had a constant across my chest this lasted for about 2 hours then again Friday night around 6:30 p.m. The pain then went to my back between my shoulder blades. My blood pressure was checked and it was normal 114/80 and my pulse was good 64. What else could this have been? Thank you for your help in advance.
Answer: No, you do not have to have high blood pressure to have a heart attack....Many things may cause chest discomfort other than heart disease. However, with persistent symptoms, you need to see your family doctor for an evaluation of this pain. NEA Clinic - (870) 935-4150 (for appointment)
Question 4/21/2002: Is moderate aortic and moderate mitral valve regurgitation serious? And mild to moderate tricuspid valve regurgitation and pulmonary artery pressure at 37 mmHg with mild pulmonary hypertension. And moderate mitral valve regurgitation. Is this something to be concerned about?
Answer: Regurgitation is a leakage in the valves that you have stated. When someone has moderate leakages in this valve, this is something that we need to monitor. The other thing is that when there is a moderate leakage in the aortic valve, then one would need prophylaxis for an infection on this heart valve. You would need prophylaxis if you have any type of dental procedure such as tooth cleaning and/or tooth extraction. Also, if you had surgery in your mouth or surgery in your gastrointestinal or genitourinary systems. The pulmonary artery pressure of 37 mm of mercury is in the high normal if not mildly elevated range. Same symptoms, i.e. shortness of breath, is what you would monitor for this. I would continue follow-up with your physicians regarding these problems. NEA Clinic - (870) 935-4150 (for appointment)