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Am i at risk of having a heart attack?

Am i at risk of having a heart attack?

Cardiac risk : that is difficult to answer without more information about your medical and genetic history ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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My father had a heart attack last week. Does this put me at a higher risk of heart attack myself? I am also overweight and over eat. Don't smoke?

My father had a heart attack last week. Does this put me at a higher risk of heart attack myself? I am also overweight and over eat. Don't smoke?

Maybe later: Predisposition for heart attack is hereditary. You are 28yo and female and that gives you certain protection now. However, because you do not want to have heart disease later in life, it is never to late to start doing right, like eating healthy and appropriately and start exercising to be in better shape, loose weight and delay or completely avoid a heart attack. Get clearance by your md. ...Read more

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As a male, am I more at risk for heart attack when I engage in sex?

As a male, am I more at risk for heart attack when I engage in sex?

Yes: If you already have heart issues, sexual activity will raise your heart rate. It is similar to physical exercise and if your heart cannot tolerate the extra work, might cause you to have a heart attack. ...Read more

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If I have high blood pressure, am I at higher risk of a heart attack when I am pregnant?

If I have high blood pressure, am I at higher risk of a heart attack when I am pregnant?

You might be at risk: High blood pressure during pregnancy can be managed. Before getting pregnant, it is recommended that your doctor obtain baseline evaluation of your kidneys, eyes, and heart. A well-controlled hypertensive patient can have a healthy pregnancy if problems do not arise during the pregnancy. A heart attack can occur if your blood pressure is not well controlled, and your doctor can help you with this. ...Read more

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Toothache am I at risk of myocarditis?

Toothache am I at risk of myocarditis?

Not likely: There is no myocarditis reported by studies or by people with Toothache yet. ...Read more

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If I am at risk of ischaemic heart disease, can I take aspirin 100mg/day?

If I am at risk of ischaemic heart disease, can I take aspirin 100mg/day?

Definietly: 81mg is the normal dose. If you know you're at risk, you should probably talk to your doctor to see how best to define that. You may have some other options. ...Read more

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Is heart disease genetic? My mom had a heart attack last year at age 62. She's doing ok, but now I am worried that I am more likely to get heart disease, too. .

Is heart disease genetic? My mom had a heart attack last year at age 62. She's doing ok, but now I am worried that I am more likely to get heart disease, too. 

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Historically : Historically what we know about heart disease risk came from data obtained through the framingham heart study (see link below) and it was typically felt that a family history of premature heart disease before the age of 55-60 conferred increased risk. Follow up studies have suggested that any family history in first degree relatives likely increases your risk. This is but one of several risk factors however and your personal factors such as age, gender, smoking history, cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes also play significant, and probably greater roles. You can't change your genetics, age, or gender but you certainly can change the other modifiable risk factors. ...Read more

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Can you please describe my risk for a heart attack at 25 years old?

Can you please describe my risk for a heart attack at 25 years old?

Variable: There are rare problems in childrenor young adults. Most after 45 some in young adults with smoking, diabetes, obesity, bad behavior- Cocaine etc. After that anytime up to 100. ...Read more

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Why i had a heart attack without pain at all?

Why i had a heart attack without pain at all?

Silent : You had what is known as a silent heart attack, where youve had no overt dymptoms, but yourekg is abnormal. ...Read more

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Will ekgs and blood work tell if im at risk for a heart attack?

Will ekgs and blood work tell if im at risk for a heart attack?

EKG : Ekg and blood work can tell if on is having a heart attack. Chest pain due to coronary artery disease ( angina) may not be detected with either of these tests. Stress test may be indicated. Again stress test may be falsely negative. Coronary angiography is the gold standard to rule out narrowing of coronary arteries. ...Read more

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I have had vsd repair and coarctation of aorta am i more susceptible for heart attack. Warning signs? How to tell if its a heart attack or anxiety?

I have had vsd  repair and coarctation of aorta am i more susceptible for heart attack. Warning signs? How to tell if its a heart attack  or anxiety?

Possibly: Patients with coarctation are, unfortunately, at greater risk of coronary artery disease. The reason is not well understood, but there is good evidence to support this. Please discuss the warning signs with your doctor; but they include severe chest pain, palpitations, arm pain, sweating, fainting, difficulty breathing. Please seek medical attention immediately if you are concerned. ...Read more

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I have mitral valve prolapse, they looked at my heart on echo, am i really going to be okay? Am i at risk for a heat attack?

I have mitral valve prolapse, they looked at my heart on echo, am i really going to be okay? Am i at risk for a heat attack?

Periodic checks: Regular cardiology and echo and you may be perfect for decades. Shortness of breath, arrythmias, some chest discomfort are not unusual. Heart attack is quite unusual. ...Read more

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Am i at at greater risk of having a second ablation done for svt?

Am i at at greater risk of having a second ablation done for svt?

Not necessarily. : It depends on the underlying etiology of the SVT, and your personal individual risks (i.e. heredity, lifestyle, and other co-morbidities). Moreover, the type of SVT also has an influence ... of associated success with ablations. Therefore, a complete electrophysiological assessment must be borne in mind concomitantly with the rest of your body .... to determine the risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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Am i at risk of having a stroke if I have sleep apnea?

Am i at risk of having a stroke if I have sleep apnea?

Higher than others: Inadequate sleep prevents the body from healing itself which leads to inflammation in the body. Inflammation is key cause of many health problems like asthma, allergies, arthritis, and auto-immune disorders, have an obvious inflammatory component. Treating sleep apnea helps to lower systemic inflammation, which might prevent some of the other serious health problems like strokes. ...Read more

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Friend died suddenly at age 42 from heart attack. I have high cholesterol and am worried. how can young people just have heart attacks and what risks?

Friend died suddenly at age 42 from heart attack. I have high cholesterol and am worried. how can young people just have heart attacks and what risks?

Heart attack : Every persons risk for heart attack is different . Doctor can do cardiovascular risk assessment and identify if anything can be done to reduce risk . Some are modifiable and non modifiable risk factors for heart attack . Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more