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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
Continuum: Coronary disease develops from our lifestyle and as we age real blockage develops in some or all coronary vessels. One or more plaques disrupt and obstruct. If adequate collateral pathways exist may just vagus transient angina or pain. Angina is pain without damage. If not adequate flow, or collateral, acute myocardial infarction- heart attack occurs and that is "damage". Heart failure may follow. ...Read more
Is heart failure a possibility at 20s? I'm worried about heart failure not family history of heart failure.
Heart Failure: Is heart failure possible in your 20"s? Well sure - but unless you have an underlying heart condition (congenital heart disease etc) then it's not really likely. If you are having symptoms then see your doctor for complete evaluation ASAP. If you're not having symptoms but still find yourself obsessing about the possibility, see your doctor for evaluation and referral for anxiety issues ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: Some folks may have palpitations, arrhythmia s including atrial fibrillation, pvcs, and slow- bradycardias or complete heart block. With an acute event ventricular tachycardia.And/ or ventricular fibrillation may occur and cause death. Many persons with CAD do not have pulse symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, while it's : Great that you don't have the probs u mention, there is more to heart dz than just that. Healthy eating & wt., regular exercise are important even if your bp, choles, etc are normal. More advance testing for other risk factors beyond the standard lipid panel & fasting sugar level is available in some places, & we're still learning about other risk factors. Good u r being prevention-minded! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Low, but: Even if your cholesterol and triglycerides are normal that can't ensure you won't have a heart attack. Your family history, smoking and other factors can all contribute to cardiovascular risk. Almost half of all initial signs of heart disease can be sudden cardiac arrest. The best thing to do is control what risk factors you can - blood pressure, lipids and diet as well as exercise. ...Read more
Why are people with peripheral artery disease(legs) at greater risk of heart attack and stroke than someone with coronary artery disease(heart)?
Generalization: Peripheral vascular disease is often a marker for someone who has vascular disease throughout their body, usually due to smoking, genetics, and diet issues, to name a few causes. As such they are at high risk for symptoms in the other critical vascular beds in the body like the heart and brain. ...Read more
Risk factors...: Risk factors for heart attack include: smoking, uncontrolled hypertension, uncontrolled cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle. Males and post-menopausal females are at higher risk as well as family history of a heart attack at a younger age. Diabetes was always thought of as a risk factor but new evidence suggests that well-controlled diabetes is probably not a risk factor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Proactive care: Big topic. Briefly: maintain healthy weight, exercise regularly, eat healthy diet, don't use tobacco, limit alcohol consumption, manage stress, have regular physicals with a physician focused on proactive care. Eval generally looks for high blood pressure, diabetes/pre-diabetes/insulin resistance, cholesterol panel. More advanced "cholesterol" testing is available and better at predicting risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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