Life expectancy

Life expectancy

Question (Posted on :  09 Jan 2009 )

i want to know whether heart attack also reduces the life expectany. my EF was 40-45% before anjioplasty

Doctor's Response (Posted on : 12 Jan 2009 )

Hi. That is a question that patients and their families ask all the time. And I guess the most honest answer is, nobody can know for sure, and your doctor can't really predict that sort of thing. It's certainly people that have really big heart attacks, that is going to have an impact on their ultimate life span, whereas patients that have really small heart attacks where it might be picked up on a blood test but they haven't sustained damage that's visible, say, on an ultrasound of the heart, well there, I suppose, in some statistical sense it reduces their life span, but probably the impact is much less. So it really depends on how big the heart attack is, and how quickly the treatment is delivered, and then how effective the treatment is. So if somebody starts having really bad chest pain, they're in their emergency department right away, up into a catheterization lab within an hour and the artery is open, the likelihood of any serious permanent damage is minimized. And probably the impact of that heart attack won't be as great as if somebody was toughing it out at home with their chest pain lasts 6 hours, they come in, you know, 12 hours after the heart attack started no matter what we do in terms of opening up the arteries with procedures or medications. Probably a good chunk of heart muscle will be lost and there's no question that will take years off somebody's life. Thank you

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