Heart attacks in the elderly

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Avatar m tn I am a 48 year old white male, and I have already had a total of 5 heart attacks (all within the last 5 tears). At first my doctoer thought it was due to my low HDL, as it has been lower that 28 for the last 5 years. But after my last attack, about 3 months ago, the doctors are now thinking that my body is trying to reject the 3 stents the have pkaced in me. This last attack was pretty serious, and we are planning to have a defibri;ator implanted later this month.
Avatar f tn He has been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure in the past and has his Mitral valve replaced twice. The last time was 7/09. Please, whatever advise you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
10947 tn?1281404252 This revs the heart into overdrive, which can harm the heart cells, causing the body to sends signals to slow the heart down. In rare cases, this defense response goes haywire and causes the heart muscle to weaken suddenly; as a result, a large section of the heart bulges and can no longer pump blood efficiently. Luckily, broken heart syndrome is much easier to recover from than a heart attack is.
Avatar n tn My 91 year old father-in-law recently was hospitalized with those symptoms. Whwn he was monitored they found that his heart rate dipped down to 29. His heart rate would be in the 50's and 60's normally but would drop lower when he rested or slept. When the nurses got alerted by the low rate, they immediately called the Dr and he insisted that he needed a pacemaker. We were scared for him, being so old and all but it turned out to be the best thing in the world for him.
Avatar m tn One of my friends has currently been having some puzzling heart problems. She would be sitting in class, and all of a sudden her hear would race. She would immediately report to the infirmary, where the nurse would take her heart beat into record. I think the highest it ever was was pushing 120, almost into 130. It wasn't like she was doing anything physically strenuous. The only other symptom was a slight tingly sensation in her face, no specific part just all over.
Avatar n tn Ventricular fibrillation is a common cause of death, especially among the elderly. Drinking can cause the heart to become weak and predisposes to this arrhythmia, as does smoking. Heart attacks can also cause this arrhythmia.
Avatar f tn Very difficult road, he weighed one pound twelve ounces and was in the hospital for 3 mos. He suffers from epilepsy and cerebral palsy. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety shortly after and was put on zoloft. In 2002 I experienced my first "flutter". I had ekgs,echo, holter monitor and an event monitor over the next couple years and everything was normal. So I just deal with them. January of this year my brother passed away unexpectedly.
Avatar n tn What are the causes of congestive heart failure in the elderly? Is it possible to contract this condition after a bout of pneumonia? thanks Dear Marcia, thank you for your question. Congestive heart failure (CHF) can have a variety of causes in the elderly. From the cardiac standpoint, CHF is separated into systolic and diastolic dysfunction. Systolic dysfunction refers to damaged myocardial tissue that doesn't contract strongly.
Avatar m tn Women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have ... you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in movies. Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack. I had a heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on.
Avatar f tn A vasovagal attack may occur in a person of any age, but the attacks are more common in children, young adults, and the elderly.
Avatar f tn Heart is racing with worry about Justin. Finally arrived in the afternoon and texted. Still can't shake the anxiety and panic attacks.
Avatar m tn it prevents falls in the elderly, helps increase lung cancer survival, prevents multiple sclerosis, and helps treat steroid resistant asthma. I imagine the list is only going to get longer as time goes by and more research is done. DR. Douglass M.D.
Avatar n tn My spouse and I have recently moved in with my elderly father in his late eighties. The summer heat has been reaching 100 degrees these days with the indoor temperature reaching the high eighties to 90 degrees at times. The heat is unbearable at times but my elderly father actually says he doesn't feel it. I have heard of the elderly dying in high heat areas but I thought it was because they didn't have air conditioning.
Avatar n tn the severity of symptoms, the nature of the valve lesion (whether regurgitant or stenotic), the cause of the disorder, and left ventricular function. Prognosis Newer techniques have improved the prognosis of valve replacement in the elderly. Although results are comparable among older and younger patients, old age is generally considered a significant risk factor for early mortality and morbidity, partly because of the high incidence of coexisting disorders in elderly patients.
Avatar n tn My cardiologist said that my left ventricle has begun to dilate (I think internal dimensions of 6.6 up from 5.9 last year?) He also mentioned a shortening fraction of 32% Can you explain these numbers to me please? A: The normal distance between the walls of the left ventricle is about 5 cm. When the heart starts to dilate (get larger) these dimensions increase. The ejection fraction is a measure of the pumping capacity of the heart. Normal is 50-65%. Mildly decreased is 40-49%.
Avatar n tn It seems that I have been waking up extremely startled and scared for the past few nights. I will actually pop up to a sitting position and feel my heart pounding. I wake my roommate with a startled yelp.
Avatar n tn These dialted vessels are often found at multiple sites in the small intestine and colon. Consequently, surgical resection often does not prevent rebleeding. Therapy should be supportive. Your mother should receive ongoing iron supplementation. When she becomes symptomatic from the anemia, she will need transfusions. Giving the blood slowly and prophylaxing her with a diuretic may prevent her from going into volume overload. Best of luck HFHSM.D.-rf *keywords: bleeding, angiodysplasia 0.
Avatar n tn Sayan --------------------------------------------------------------- Dear Sayan, I have talked to Dr. H. Wellens from the Netherlands. He is a world expert in sudden cardiac death due to heart attacks. According to him ther are over 300,000 sudden deaths a year in the U.S. He did not know an exact percentage that occured in cars but I would estimate 3%. Hope this helps. Let us know how your project turns out.
Avatar m tn Top doctor's chilling claim: The NHS kills off 130,000 elderly patients every year http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2161869/Top-doctors-chilling-claim-The-NHS-kills-130-000-elderly-patients-year.
Avatar n tn My Aunt is 74 yrs. old has just been diagnosed with a malignant tumor in the areola region of her breast. She has aa pace maker defibrlator unit and is in frail health overall. What in your opinion would be the best course of treatment? I have read that tamoxifin is sometin-mes used to avoid surgery. Is this a good option? I have read confilicting research and am now confused. Thank you J.
1160520 tn?1402981076 Anxiety attack with heart palpitations on and off most of the day, had to try to sleep to relax and calm my heart down otherwise I would of had a heart attack - that's how severe my attacks/episodes are.