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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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33 year old male. 5'10 1/2" 210 pounds. 8 hour fasting triglyceride level of 450! scared to death. Don't want to have mi. Am i a heart attack waiting?

33 year old male. 5'10 1/2" 210 pounds. 8 hour fasting triglyceride level of 450! scared to death. Don't want to have mi. Am i a heart attack waiting?

Concerning: Good to be a non smoker! the lab is very high and needs attention quickly- but not to be petrified! exercize diet medications will bring in line and put you back on the longevity track! .?Family history- heredity may be a part! ...Read more

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How high is risk of heart attack (sudden cariac death) if basic blood tests are ok?

How high is risk of heart attack (sudden cariac death) if basic blood tests are ok?

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

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Is it true that sudden cardiac death happens in people with prior heart attack 80% of the time?

Is it true that sudden cardiac death happens in people with prior heart attack 80% of the time?

Cardiac scarring: Priorheart attack results in scarring in the heart tissue that alters the electrical conduction through that part of the muscle. Altered conduction leads to the possibility that this zoned can be a source of initiation for ventricular arrhythmias that can cause sudden cardiac death. ...Read more

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What exactly is heart stent surgery & are there high risks heart attack or death?

What exactly is heart stent surgery & are there high risks heart attack or death?

Stent: Coronary stent placement is done percutaneously (i.e. Through a small puncture in the groin or wrist) via an artery, and deploys a small tube/ mesh (the stent) in the blood vessels of the heart, in order to open up a blockage and keep that area open. It stays in your body indefinitely. Some stents are uncoated (bare metal), some are coated with medications in order to prevent further blockage. ...Read more

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Can stress echocardiogram cause death or a heart attack as due to have one tommoz and scared help...

Can stress echocardiogram cause death or a heart attack as due to have one tommoz and scared help...

Yes: Stress testing increases work a heart has to do ; can cause a heart attack by decreased blood or abnormal heart rhythms. The incidence of death or mi is .01-.02% - very low. That is why ur doctor is constantly monitoring ur symptoms, ECG ; BP and will stop at the first sign of any complications. ...Read more

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How EXACTLY does general anesthesia lead to heart attack, stroke or death? What are the mechanisms in the drug that leads to a stroke? How does it kil

How EXACTLY does general anesthesia lead to heart attack, stroke or death? What are the mechanisms in the drug that leads to a stroke? How does it kil

No single answer: Serious complications from GA are much more likely in pts who are already sick. If you have coronary artery disease, the stress of surgery and anesthesia can lead to heart attack. If you have already had a stroke, the same stresses can contribute to another. No one drug or technique is at fault. Surgery makes the body tend to form clots as part of healing. This can add to risk of stroke or MI. ...Read more

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Can you have pre-emptive heart bypass surgery to mitigate the risk of death by heart attack?

Can you have pre-emptive heart bypass surgery to mitigate the risk of death by heart attack?

NO: There is not such a thing as "per-emptive" bypass surgery. If you are worried about heart attack, you have to address risk factors, including: Smoking, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and sedentary lifestyle. Exercise and a prudent diet will help you more than anything else. ...Read more

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Can adipex be taken with Prozac (fluoxetine)? If taken together can it lead to death? Heart attack etc?

Can adipex be taken with Prozac (fluoxetine)? If taken together can it lead to death? Heart attack etc?

It's fine : No risk of taking them at same time. Taken in prescribed dose is generally regarded as safe. They work differently but both can be dangerous in excess. Take them as directed and you'll be fine. ...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