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Widow Maker Heart Attack
I have high bad cholesterol and low good cholesterol. Am i at risk for widow maker heart attack daily ? Could it happen at anytime due to this risk. ?
Yes, but.....: It sounds like you have a family history of heart disease and are genetically programmed to make a unhealthy balance of cholesterols in your blood. This puts you at higher risk of a heart attack. If you google framingham.Org, you can enter your cholesterol and other simple information and get your 3-5 year heart attack risk. Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I just got 4 stents put into the artery they call the widow maker. What are the odds I have other heart attack. Doctors say I'm ill clear right now?
CAD: If you have enough CAD at age 38 years to require stenting, then you need lifelong attention to your condition. This would include diet, exercise, medications and monitoring your condition. You should certainly have nothing to do with tobacco which can exacerbate CAD. You should have a conversation with your cardiologist to discuss what you need to do for your future. ...Read more
What to do if I had a major heart attack and I am 44 years old I have to have a pace maker and a defibrillator put in?
MI, ICD: With your combination of problems, you should have received instruction about your status and diet, exercise, not smoking, lots of medications and how to maximize your chances of length and quality of life. Look at this site and read as much as possible: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/coronaryarterydisease.html ...Read more
Resting heart rate as a young man was 50-55. Doctors are considering a pace maker 2 years post heart attack?
Ok: Your youth and cardiovascular conditioning are of historic interest. If you now have symptomatic slow pulse= bradycardia, syncope, heart failure etc. One may benefit from pacing. After a heart attack the electrical system of the heart can be damaged and one benefits from proper atrioventricular pacing or even dual pacing for chf. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Drugs, genes: Cocaine or methamphetamine come to mind when you see a 19 year old with a heart attack, although an autoimmune disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or severe hyperlipidemia might have a myocardial infarct at that age as well... Drugs are the cause more commonly seen in our society, however. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Call 911!!!: If you feel pressure-type chest pain, going to your shoulder or jaw, and have associated shortness of breath, these are classic signs. Remember, only about 1/3 of heart attacks present with these classic signs. Some show up as nausea, vague discomfort, or no signs at all. If you have any question, err on the side of caution and get to the er immediately. Chew an adult Aspirin while waiting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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