A 55-year-old female asked:
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my husband had a heart attack on november 15th 2013. it's like he's a different person. does a ha change a persons brain?

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Dr. Prem Gulati
46 years experience Internal Medicine
DEPRESSION: Lot of people get depressed after heart attack will make him different person.
Answered on Jul 16, 2014
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Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Psyche: Having a heart attack for some men can alter their psychological outlook on life, etc. Feelings of inadequacy and depression/anxiety are common. Of course, it there was also a severe heart attack and blood supply to the brain was affected, some brain anoxia can cause mental status changes, but that would have been diagnosed at the time. He may benefit from counseling and therapy. Best wishes.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Gutti Rao
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45 years experience Hospital-based practice
Heart attack: Talk to a doctor about him, it not unusual to have depression after a heart attack, a thorough eval is necessary.
Answered on Apr 2, 2014
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Dr. Aron Tendler
18 years experience Psychiatry
It is Possible: The most likely cause would be if he had a period of time during the heart attack when there was a decreased amount amount of oxygen going to his brain. This would occur from a drop in the blood pressure or a clot. This is same a stroke which can affect parts of the brain that control someone's personality. Depression and anxiety are very common after heart attack.
Answered on May 28, 2016
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