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My father died from a heart attack. How can I keep track of my heart health?

My father died from a heart attack. How can I keep track of my heart health?

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 more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart attack is 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


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My father had a minor heart attack, now he is showing signs of dementia. Who can I go to?

My father had a minor heart attack, now he is showing signs of dementia.  Who can I go to?

First,: Talk with his family doctor about what you are seeing. Circulatory problems can occurr anywhere in the body. If he is cleared, see a geriatric psychiatrist as pseudo dementia can be a symptom of depression in the elderly and the is a high correlation between heart attack and depression. ...Read more

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My father had a heart attack at 47 years old. What will my cardiologist tell me about my heart? Am I affected by this?

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

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My father had a heart attack, is he also more likely to have a stroke?

My father had a heart attack, is he also more likely to have a stroke?

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 more

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Could use your help docs! my father had a heart attack at a young age, will i be ok?

Heart attack: One gets no guarantees but you should be on a mediterranean diet, regular exercise and not smoking program and see your doctor for evaluation if anything else is needed to help your risk like treating elevated cholesterol, BP or diabetes. ...Read more

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What is my risk of a heart attack? My father died suddenly and I am anxious this will happen at any moment.

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 more

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Can my father have diabetes?Since 6 months before he was not diagnosed with diabetes when he suffered with heart attack

Can my father have diabetes?Since 6 months before he was not diagnosed with diabetes when he suffered with heart attack

Possibly: Heart disease and diabetes are associated with each other, but are not exclusive. Each can exist without the other. If there are any concerns, he can be tested for diabetes to give an answer. ...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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My father in law had a heart attack and a pneumothorax. How can those be related?

My father in law had a heart attack and a pneumothorax. How can those be related?

One Triggers: If a person has emphysema and develops a spontaneus pneumothorax that progresses to a tension pneumothorax, the cardiopulmonary stress can trigger a myocardial infarction if coronary artery disease is present. Otherwise, two separate independent events. ...Read more

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My father had a heart attack at a young age, will I be ok? Or are heart problems genetic?

My father had a heart attack at a young age, will I be ok? Or are heart problems genetic?

Yes, it's possible: Heart problems can be genetic. More specifics are needed regarding your Father's heart attack and other medical conditions you and your Father may have. It's a good idea to see your doctor for a thorough history and physical and testing if necessary. You may want to get specifics from your Father, if he's still living, or someone else who knows details about his health, so you can tell doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

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