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Father Heart Attack Track
Risk assessment: A good knowledge of your risk factors (of which family history is clearly one). Knowing your status with regards to traditional factors, like cholesterol profile, diabetes, and blood pressure. Lifestyle indicators like exercise tolerance, smoking, etc. Further risk delineation might be possible with advanced screening modalities such as stress testing and coronary ct angiography might help too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Let this prompt you: ...To get a thorough evaluation of your cardiovascular risk, and then to take the steps needed to reduce your risk. You do have risk because of your father's history, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything that can be done about it. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Risk Factors.: Premature coronary artery disease in family is a strong risk factor that you unfortunately can not change. Optimize the ones you can: don't smoke, exercise regularly, eat a heart healthy diet, maintain a normal weight and blood pressure, if you are diabetic, follow your docs instructions to strictly control your blood sugar. ...Read more
What is my risk of a heart attack? My father died suddenly and I am anxious this will happen at any moment.
Anxiety: May be more of an issue than cardiac risk. Please have your doc check you out and when cleared a clinical psychologist can help w/anxiety management. Please remember than many people who have relatives who died of cardiac disease live long and health lives, i'm one of them. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can my father have diabetes?Since 6 months before he was not diagnosed with diabetes when he suffered with heart attack
Yes: Both strokes and heart attacks are usually due to atheroscerosis (same basic process in the blood vessels, just happen to be that the vessels to one organ caused problems first). If he has serious damage to the heart from the heart attack, it might also make his heart more likely to form clots that could go to the brain and cause a stroke. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My father had a heart attack at 47 years old. What will my cardiologist tell me about my heart? Am I affected by this?
Testing...: Knowing this family history, your cardiologist will likely want to do testing on your heart to determine if you are at risk. Some possible tests would include an echocardiogram, cardiac stress test, Holter monitor, etc. These are non-invasive tests that can give a good picture of your heart and its function. Cardiac catheterization is invasive but may be needed if other tests are abnormal. See doc ...Read more
Dementia: You need to consult your family doctor or cardiologist if it is a reaction to the meds he is taking, if not then consult a neurologist and if your suspicion is right then he will need treatment to slow down the dementia, there are meds available but first diagnosis has to be made as to what kind of dementia he has. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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