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Doctor insights on: Long Term Recovery From Heart Attack

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How will having heart attack affect my long-term health?

How will having heart attack affect my long-term health?

Feel encouraged!: Depends on the size of your heart attack, how fast you received treatment and how compliant you are with medications and following a healthy life style. Feel encouraged, you can do things to positively improve your health. Talk to your doctor about it. ...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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Was told have overactive thyroid is it possible this has been a long term condition which has shown as a heart attack in 2011?

Was told have overactive thyroid is it possible this has been a long term condition which has shown as a heart attack in 2011?

Yes and no: Yes - This could be a long-term condition that you've been living with. No - I don't see how this could be misinterpreted as a heart attack. The lab results and EKG tracings are very different. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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My husband has been taking ppi's daily for the last 10+years for severe gerd.I am concerned about long term use. Can it increase risk of heart attack?

My husband has been taking ppi's daily for the last 10+years for severe gerd.I am concerned about long term use. Can it increase risk of heart attack?

Not clear: A recent study suggested a possible relationship (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26061035) but this risk was estimated about 1.16 times. More data is needed to establish a true cause-effect relationship. However, I advise my patients who have a strong family history or personal history of heart disease or risk factors for heart disease to look at alternatives including diet/lifestyle changes. ...Read more

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I want to stop taking Celebrex 200mg for my arthritis pain because of the long term side effects, heart attack & stroke. I've been on it over 5 years?

I want to stop taking Celebrex 200mg for my arthritis pain because of the long term side effects, heart attack & stroke.  I've been on it over 5 years?

NSAIDs: As rheumatologists, we now, educate patient said NSAIDs such as Celebrex should be taken as needed. I routinely recommend topical NSAID treatments as well as other pain medicines which are not opioids. I recommend being seen by a rheumatologist for more detail and specific therapy in your case. ...Read more

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How does recovery happen after a heart attack?

How does recovery happen after a heart attack?

Recovery: read this: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/PreventionTreatmentofHeartAttack/Heart-Attack-Recovery-FAQS_UCM_303936_Article.jsp

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Which type of recovery is needed for a heart attack?

Which type of recovery is needed for a heart attack?

Good choices: Survived now what! cardiac rehab american heart choose to recover your health no smoking weight loss exercize diet control BP and cholesterol people can live long and well. ...Read more

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Concerned about my outlook. Ef of 15 in march, now 50. No heart attack, cath clear. Is this improvement positive and a good sign for recovery?

Great sign!: It's not uncommon for an ef (ejection fraction or how much the heart pumps) to improve. Your's is now pretty much normal but given your history of it being low, it should always be followed closely by a heart doctor. ...Read more

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Friend had a massive heart attack- no cpr for at least a few minutes- has kidney problems and infection- getting a trachea- survival? Full recovery?

Friend had a massive heart attack- no cpr for at least a few minutes- has  kidney problems and  infection- getting a trachea- survival? Full recovery?

Possible: Is the brain intact? If arrest and no cpr, that may be the limiting organ. Kidney failure may recover, pneumonia may clear with tracheostomy and antibiotics. Baseline function is also relevant for recovery. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from cardiac heart attack after full recovery from anorexia? I had anorexia for 6 years and now get sudden jabbing chest pains?

Is it possible to die from cardiac heart attack after full recovery from anorexia?  I had anorexia for 6 years and now get sudden jabbing chest pains?

UNLIKELY: Chest pain can be a symptom of heart disease but may be may other things such as esophageal spasms, great vessel disease, respiratory disorders (asthma, COPD, bronchitis, infections), lung diseases, and muscle problems to name a few. It really depends on the clinical situation and other symptoms you may be having. sounds like you should see your doctor and sort this out. ...Read more

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Knowing meth, cocaine, heroine ect are a danger to the heart.. Is it possible to get a heart attack, stroke, or infarct later during recovery? If so, why

Yes: If you injected the drug under unsanitary conditions and bacteria settled on your heart valves and colonized there you could send septic emboli to different parts of your body, especially your brain. Archneur.Jamanetwork.Com/article.Aspx?Articleid=1151759 multiple septic brain emboli in infectious endocarditis. ... Cardiac ultrasonography showed mitral valve vegetations consistent with infective. ...Read more

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My 70 yr old father who has a heart attack 2 yrs ago just had knee surgery hours earlier. Should he be on a blood thinner? Also is recovery worse??

My 70 yr old father who has a heart attack 2 yrs ago just had knee surgery hours earlier. Should he be on a blood thinner? Also is recovery worse??

Maybe: There are several variables to consider and probably the physician in charge has already made the decision. Feel free to ask. We cannot give the right answer here, and it may be a judgement call. ...Read more

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How long can symptoms of a heart attack last?

How long can symptoms of a heart attack last?

Until cured: Chest pain more than 20 minutes can represent a heart attack. As long as the pain continues, ongoing or worsening heart damage occurs. With treatment it should be possible to eliminate the pain within less than an hour, and prevent damage or stop any further damage. ...Read more

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How long can a heart attack last before it kills?

How long can a heart attack last before it kills?

Depends: Depends upon extent and location of the attack. Heart attack occurs when blood supply is inadequate for the metabolic needs of the heart. When this occurs for a prolonged period pieces of the heart die. If this piece is very large ( like occlusion of the main vessel) or is located in a critical area ( such as the electrical centers) - game over! ...Read more

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How long should you get heart attack symptoms for?

How long should you get heart attack symptoms for?

Variable: Angina pectoris =substernal pressure, pain with radiation to the neck or left or right arm and shoulder and may be chronic. Some will have abdominal pain-and be confused with gallbladder or stomach symptoms. Ladies seem to have less classic// or tolerate pain better than men. Relief with Nitroglycerin is very suggestive. A feeling of impending doom, pallor, sweating suggest a bad day! ...Read more

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How long after a heart attack can sex be performed?

How long after a heart attack can sex be performed?

Ask cardiologist.: Ask your cardiologist when it is safe for you to resume all your normal activities: lifting heavy objects, driving, and sex - it feels funny asking, but it's an important question your doctor has answered many times. There is no answer that is right for everyone because all heart attacks and all people are unique. Ask soon, and good luck. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a heart attack?

How long does it take to recover from a heart attack?

Depends: Recovery depends on the size extent, location, type of heart attack and the treatments given at the time. Most people need 1 month of some type of rest and recovery then cardiac rehab for several weeks to months. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a heart attack take effect ?

Quickly: There can be staggering chest pain, angina, until blockage progresses or forms acutely causing the heart attack-damage to heart muscle. Angina unstable angina acute myocardial infarction- heart attack is a continuum of threat to heart. ...Read more

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How long could impending doom symptom last before heart attack?

How long could impending doom symptom last before heart attack?

Briefly: It is in evolution when that symptom comes along. Pallor, pain, diaphoresis, feel really bad! ...Read more

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