What happens to someone with graves who has a heart attack?

Complicate matters. If you have thyrotoxicosis (hyperactivity of thyroid) from graves disease it can complicate a heart attack by worsening angina and increasing the heart rate and arrhythmias. It has to be immediately counteracted by large dose of beta blockers and medications to control your thyroid including steroids.

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Can you have a heart attack with graves diease?

Not especially. THe autoimmune disease attacking the thyroid is not directly associated with the heart. THe activated thyroid can cause the heart to beat very rapidly and that can be stressful and damage the heart. this is not common especially since the group that gets graves is young. Read more...

If someone has a heart attack, do you use an aed first, or do chest compressions (cpr) first?

Neither. AED and chest compressions are performed in the setting of cardiac arrest- i.e. When the heart is not beating well enough to provide blood to the rest of the body. This is apparent because the patient will be unresponsive and will not have a pulse. Heart attack refers to a blockage of one of the arteries in the heart which typically causes chest pain but not unresponsiveness. Read more...

How high can blood pressure rise before someone has a heart attack or dies?

Different. Severe acute hypertension can cause tear of aorta and sudden death or need for emergency surgery. Can happen anytime with elevated bp but scary at 180 systolic and 120 diastolic. Can also cause left ventricular strain and hypertrophy and heart failure but usually not a heart attack acutely. Read more...

What happens if you're under the knife for a new surgery and your surgeon has a heart attack?

Heart surgery. The surgeon having the heart attack is in the hospital so he/she is in a good place to get treated with dispatch. The assisting surgeon in the or with the patient can take over and the patient(not surgeon)will continue to be cared for. If the assistant needs another lead surgeon, they'll send for one. Read more...
Backup. Conceivably, prior to incision a procedure could be stopped. Once started, another surgeon of similar type would be called to take over. This could be from same practice or a covering practice. Most hospitals require that we have "call/emergency coverage". Read more...

What advice would you give to a fairly healthy 32yo female patient who, despite reassurance from her doctor re: her health, has a heart attack phobia?

Anxiety and phobia. You are describing worried thinking (about heart attack) which causes anxiety (emotion) which can result in behavioral avoidance (phobia) of something (eg exercise). How you think leads to how you feel leads to behaviors. What leads to a heart attack is coronary artery disease, quite uncommon in a young person. Consult a cognitive-behavioral therapist about your worried thinking. Read more...
Risk factors. Discuss risk factors: high blood pressure family history diabetes high cholesterol, especially LDL > 100 smoking discuss with your doc and get an ultrasound of your heart - no big deal heart attacks usually need two risk factors at least probably everything will be normal - than take a break, go on vacation and sleep well. Read more...
Phobia. Talk to a counselor for supportive therapy to provide reassurance & explore fears. Read more...
See a therapist. If this is truly an irrational fear, then other explanations can be explored. Sometimes panic attacks can create a fear of heart attacks. Sometimes mitral valve prolapse can do the same. Is there a family history of heart disease that is scaring this person? Therapy can help her discover the origin of her fears. Read more...