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My father in law had a heart attack and a pneumothorax. How can those be related?
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree
In brief: One Triggers
If a person has emphysema and develops a spontaneus pneumothorax that progresses to a tension pneumothorax, the cardiopulmonary stress can trigger a myocardial infarction if coronary artery disease is present.
Otherwise, two separate independent events.

In brief: One Triggers
If a person has emphysema and develops a spontaneus pneumothorax that progresses to a tension pneumothorax, the cardiopulmonary stress can trigger a myocardial infarction if coronary artery disease is present.
Otherwise, two separate independent events.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Not
They're probably not.
Pneumothorax may develop as a complication of treatments for heart attack. He may be so unlucky as to have both spontaneously occur simultaneously but that's unlikely.

In brief: Not
They're probably not.
Pneumothorax may develop as a complication of treatments for heart attack. He may be so unlucky as to have both spontaneously occur simultaneously but that's unlikely.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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