100 Q&A About Heart Attack and Related Cardiac Problems by Edward K. Chung

By Edward K. Chung

Over 1000000 humans endure center assaults every year within the usa by myself. center disorder Is Our no 1 reason for demise. yet Many middle assaults Are Preventable, And middle issues might be handled. for those who Or your family were Touched via heart problems, a hundred Questions And solutions approximately center assault And similar Cardiac difficulties deals aid. popular heart specialist Edward ok. Chung, MD, attracts Upon a long time Of scientific adventure to supply Authoritative, useful solutions on your questions on reasons Of middle assaults, center assault Prevention, healing procedures, Post-Treatment caliber Of existence, assets Of help and lots more and plenty extra. Written In simple Language For The Lay Reader, together with an exact Interview With one in every of Dr. Chung's sufferers, This publication is a useful source For somebody dealing with The actual And Emotional Turmoil Of This scary ailment.

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If you are diabetic, it’s very important to be monitored by a physician to maintain proper blood sugar levels. 40 chung2 7/1/03 10:53 AM Page 41 100 Q&A ABOUT HEART ATTACK AND RELATED CARDIAC PROBLEMS Emotional stress can cause many harmful effects (see Question 16). Such stress is shown to be an important trigger for angina and other heart problems. Very intense stress may cause serious heart rhythm abnormalities (arrhythmias), heart attack, and even sudden death. Sudden stress increases the pumping action of the heart and the heart rate.

A non-Q-wave MI occurs when primarily the inner layer of your heart muscle is damaged. 54 chung2 7/1/03 10:53 AM Page 55 100 Q&A ABOUT HEART ATTACK AND RELATED CARDIAC PROBLEMS Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Diagnosis When the ECG displays a large Q wave with the S-T segment elevation in a heart attack, the heart attack is considered to be acute, and the damage is in progress. As mentioned, a heart attack is considered to be old when there is a Q wave with no S-T segment elevation. Clinically, a Q-wave heart attack is said to be more serious than a non-Q-wave heart attack.

A coronary angiogram (arteriogram) is the definitive and most accurate diagnostic test for coronary artery disease. A coronary angiogram can precisely identify specific sites and degree of a narrowing (stenosis) or blockage of your coronary arteries. Therefore, a coronary angiogram is essential before any attempt to perform a coronary artery dilatation by coronary angioplasty (PTCA) or a coronary artery bypass surgery (see Question 77). In a coronary angiogram, a doctor inserts a catheter (a long thin tube) into an artery in your groin area (or, less commonly, in your arm) and threads it through that artery to your heart arteries.

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