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Am I At Risk For A Heart Attack
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
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
I just read that prilosec increases your risk of heart attack and sudden death. I took prilosec for over a year, should i be tested for heart issues?
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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.
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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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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