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Widowmaker Heart Attack Recovery
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
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
I am 72 years old and had a heart attack in the recovery room six years ago after surgery. Am I now considered high risk for any further surgery?
YES: Of course....flow of health events since that time matters. ...Read more
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?
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
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
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.
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multiple septic brain emboli in infectious endocarditis.. .. Cardiac ultrasonography showed mitral valve vegetations consistent with infective. ...Read more
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
good personal habits
monitor blood pressure
check cholesterol and general physical features
know your family history
the atherosclerosis is established over time and deposits and gets to the critical stage and clots, or the plaque disrupts like a trap door causing acute blockage and threatened or damaged heart muscle. ...Read more
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