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Post Widowmaker Heart Attack Life Expectancy
"end stage": You are using the term, "End-stage". That means what it says. No one is going to give you an exact time. The doctor closest to the person who is ill would be in the best position to tell you if you can expect hours, days, weeks or months. Even the attending doctor is often wrong because each case is different and no one has divine insight. ...Read more
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
God knows.: No one can tell you this. There are co-illness that can decrease your life expectancy but no absolute number. Need to exersise and have a great medical and nutritional status. Need to stay off the tobacco and use your heart and lung meds. ...Read more
My dad is 60 he had a heart attack involving 3 coronary arteries with a total of 9 blockages. He had stents put in. Any ideas on his life expectancy?
Good prognosis: If his left ventricular function is normal and if he follows the instructions of his doctors (no smoking, statin, dual anti-platelet therapy, blood pressure control, good diet, exercise), he can live a normal life expectancy and pass on at home in his sleep at a very advanced age. ...Read more
For someone who on average has a blood pressure of 150/88, does it have a major impact on life expectancy, stroke, heart attack/disease? If so, how soon does it start impacting the body? What would the rda be for sodium intake for someone like this?
See Physician: You must see your physician and get it checked out. Don't put this off. ...Read more
Dad has st. 2 lung cancer. Had a heart attack recently. Diabetic and is 62. No treatment is being offered. What is his life expectancy?
No: Heart attack is caused by plaque build up in coronary arteries of the heart. No study has ever conclusively shown stress or loss to be tied to heart attack. It is a common misconception. Heart attack is caused when there is an imbalance in oxygen supply and oxygen demand of heart muscle. The supply being limited by plaque in the arteries. ...Read more
Variable: Can most times be taken care of. All depends on the care and patient and extend of damage from the heart attacks. ...Read more
What to do if I had a heart attack 3yrs back. My heart ef is 26. suggest remedial measures and ways to improve. How long will be my life span?
1. You have to see if it ischemic cardio-myopathy or non-ischemic.
2. There are several medications which help:
A. ACE inhibitors like (Enalapril, Lisinopril etc)
B. B blocker like Carvedilol, Metoproplol etc. These medications reduce BP and you should consult your doctor before using it.
C. Diuretics like Lasix (furosemide) and Spironolcatone
D. FInally cardiologist can place AICD / Device for arrythmia. ...Read more
No.: Coughing would decrease the risk of having a heart attack or lessening the consequences of a heart attack. Please don't count it as a remedy! ...Read more
What happens if you ignore a heart attack? Do you just go on with your life or can you be tested?
Need to be tested: Lot of small heart attacks can go unnoticed and you can lead a normal life. Overall heart function is important. If you are a diabetic you can have a big heart attack without knowing. A lot of things may feel like a heart attach too. Simple 12 lead ECG may be enough to give some information. ...Read more
Left ventrecal only 40 percent after mild heart attack how bad do it mean my heart is can I live a normal life still?
Normal life: yes!: 40% is a mildly impaired heart. It often improves over time as the areas of your heart on the margins of the heart attack zone recover. Medication helps avoid unwanted remodeling, keeps your stent patent, and lowers your risk of new heart attack. Join cardiac rehab, stop smoking completely, take your meds, adjust your diet, and you can live full and normal life! ...Read more
I'm 37 years old thought perfect health atleast I thought and I had a mild heart attack. Is my life over as I know it. I was prescribed 6 different med?
No.: It just means looking after yourself more and visiting a doctor more often. Depending on any blockages, you may need surgery to help get oxygen to the heart. If you smoke, you absolutely must stop. Staying active, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating right are all important. ...Read more
Is it POSSIBLE to live a long life after a silent heart attack that did not get treatment at the time?
On the internet: The most important thing you must do is to never have another cigarette. Starting today. Second not one of us is able to give you any accurate advice without all of your test results and vital signs and physical exam. You are asking for guessing or generalities. You can live well but you must start that today. Stop smoking. Now. ...Read more
What happens if you have had a heart attack in the past if you take risperidone does this pose any risk to your life?
A little: There is a small increased risk but if he needs it, he needs it. (for all meds, one must balance risk and benefit. No med comes free of risk). ...Read more
What life expectancey if you have a heart attack 3 months after a 4 x CABG and then another the next week. Can this be terminal?
Coma: Obtain physician opinion on chances of recovery and also consider your dads wishes in account whether he wants to be on life support or not. Basing on that you and your family decide. If there is reasonable chance of recovery with good functional status then it is wise to wait and see. ...Read more
Caregiver guidance: You will need guidance from the physicians taking care of your dad in the hospital. Some conditions have a higher likelihood of recovery than others. It is difficult to make a good assessment from the information you have given. ...Read more
Can smoking alone cause a heart attack or do you need to have other risk factors or does it happen later in life? Or do you need to be diagn with cad?
Some studies have shown a higher rate of coronary events while smoking (arrythmias) At any rate a direct proximate cause is rare but long term effects are very seriosu! Stop now! (When you stop the short term effects stop very QUICKLY!
Hope this helps
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