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Is a heart attack a death sentence?

Is a heart attack a death sentence?

No: Thanks to aggressive treatment, many heart attacks are treated quickly preserving heart muscle function. Many patients recover and with a proper medical regimen go on to lead active, productive lives. In fact, sometimes a heart attack motivates a patient to make lifestyle changes like quitting smoking that actually has them in better shape than before! ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

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


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Can you tell me how high is risk of heart attack (sudden cariac death) if basic hearth tests are ok?

Can you tell me how high is risk of heart attack (sudden cariac death) if basic hearth tests are ok?

Risk for heart attac: You don't mention what basic heart tests you are talking about. That is important. If you have had your cholesterol checked, there is way more to know. These days we really want to know your genes related to heart disease, your cholesterol particles and subpartivles, several inflammation markers, and a carotid intima-media thickness imaging test, and perhaps a calcium score. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do to prevent death from heart attack? Especially when there is no one with medical experience around?

What is the best thing to do to prevent death from heart attack? Especially when there is no one with medical experience around?

Heart attack: Take 6 baby aspirin. Take a beta blocker if you have any (metoprolol, for example). Call ambulance. Do not lie down; remain in sitting position until squad arrives. Stay on line with 911 operator if possible until squad arrives. Minimize exertion to prevent increased demand on heart. ...Read more

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Is it normal to worry about death every day? Each day I get up wonder if today is the day me of my husband or daughter will have a heart attack , etc

Anxiety, Depression: Sounds like you may be suffering from generalized anxiety disorder. This condition is characterized by excessive, persistent worrying which is hard to control. Anxiety can be so severe that it can cause significant distress and impairment of everyday functioning. See a specialist in order to determine the correct diagnosis and treatment course. Depressive symptoms can have a similar presentation. ...Read more

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How many masive heart attack can a man in his sixties have before death? Male late sixties has had a previous heart attack.

How many masive heart attack can a man in his sixties have before death? Male late sixties has had a previous heart attack.

Massive heart attack: There is no fixed number. Presently most heart attacks can be aborted by opening the culprit artery with angioplasty or heart surgery. Medical help must be sought in a timely fashion. ...Read more

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Will death by heart failure feel the same as death by heart attack?

Will death by heart failure feel the same as death by heart attack?

No: Heart failure with shortness of breath, edema, weight gain, fatigue, cyanosis of lips. Heart pain with heart attack and may have heart failure in addition. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

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