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Do Aortic Aneurysms Cause Or Lead To Heart Attacks
After a major heart attack in February the heart cath caused a tear in my aorta.need to know if my risks are higher having another cath done?
Risk: The procedural risk is the same each time;doesn't increase with successive procedures ...Read more
My LDL was 200mg/dl last march i reduced it to 90mg/dl by exercise and meds. Is it certain i will have atheromatous aorta?heart attack?so scared
You are doing: everything correctly. Diet, exercise and medications have reduced your LDL by over half and into the normal range. Congratulations! You have done everything possible to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Keep it up. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
When heart attack is suspected is it permissible to give blood thinners before ruling out aortic dissection?
Yes: Heart attacks occur much more often than aortic dissections. I would not blame anybody for trying to protect or treat for a heart attack with anticoagulants at least aspirin. In order to rule out dissection you need an angiogram or ct scan which is time comsumming. If fibrinolytics are considered (tpa (alteplase) or similar) i would probably wait to see the ct scan first. Dissect. Gives asymm. Bps, back pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms: Sometimes it is hard to differentiate between a heart attack and and anxiety attack because of overlapping symptoms of chest pain/difficulty breathing. However, a brain aneurysm rupture is hard to miss. The typical symptom is the sudden onset of the "worst headache of one's life". The pain is excrutiating and often produces coma. Neurosurgical attention is needed immediately. ...Read more
With significant cardiac family history (bypass, heart attack, aortic dissection x3) what tests should I request for myself; some symptoms of concern?
See MD: It seems you have high risk factors of atherosclerois, heart attack. The most common cause of aortic aneurysm is athersclerosis (historic only, used to be syphilis). Since you have the risks, see your doctor and discuss all the tests necessary, and there are some tests we don't usually perform in most people. Then discuss how to decrease the risks. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnosed with a small PFO and atrial septal aneurysm. My heart is racing and palpitating since. Could I have a stroke or heart attack? Scared!!
With a PFO and: atrial aneurysm there is the potential for a paradoxical stroke or heart attack but the odds are extremely small. You've had this your whole life and made it 28 years without issue so it is unlikely to occur immediately upon diagnosis. Your health care providers will manage this appropriately and in a timely fashion. ...Read more
Had chest X-ray showed tortuous thoracic aorta. I know I have abnormal EKG also heart murmur. My father passed away at 54 sudden heart attack.?
See cardiologist: You may have a family history of cardiac disease and you have a heart murmur. All good reasons to see a cardiologist to assess your risk factors. It's a good idea to know what is causing the murmur. A tortuous aorta by itself may mean nothing. It can be cause by scoliosis or osteoporosis and loss of height. It often just needs to be followed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Technically no: As the disease is not affecting the heart itself, it would be more precise to classify this is cardiovascular disease. It is a problem that would be addressed by a cardiologist, also known as a specialist in cardiovascular disease. It's just a matter of semantics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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