HEART ATTACK SURVIVAL FAQ

Summit4CAD is focused on prevention.  Let’s change the way medicine is practiced by becoming better stewards of our own health.  This means being educated, informed, and willing to look at the unpleasant reality of our unhealthy lifestyle choices so we can minimize our chances of developing CAD.

One of the main reasons I decided to start Summit4CAD was the frustration I felt while sitting in the hospital (and later after my discharge – at home) trying to locate information on what I had just experienced, why I had experienced it, and what I was looking forward to in terms of recovery and possible permanent life changes.

This list of frequently asked questions is a compilation of the questions I had and the resulting research I uncovered during my recovery.  The answers to these questions were taken from sourced – legitimate medical resources such as the CDC, American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology.  In places where appropriate I have added anecdotal information regarding what I experienced during my heart attack, surgery, recovery, and now rehabilitation.

Please note that no one answer will ever fit every situation.  From individual to individual; circumstances, genetics, lifestyle choices, age, sex, ethnicity, etc… may greatly affect the outcome of what you or a loved one experiences.  This resource is more about answering the generalities surrounding CAD.

Lastly I want to share a frustration that I was exposed to 20+ years ago when I was working as a medical professional; too often medicine is focused on the aftermath of a disease.  We should be looking at how to best prevent a deadly disease like CAD instead of focusing on the treatment of it after it has affected a patient’s life.

Below are a list of questions with links to articles written to answer them.

WHAT IS CAD?

WHAT IS A HEART ATTACK?

WHAT IS A WIDOWMAKER HEART ATTACK?

WHAT IS A CARDIAC CATH LAB?

WHAT IS AN ANGIOGRAM?

WHAT IS AN ANGIOPLASTY?

WHAT IS A STENT?

WHAT IS CABG?

WHAT IS CCU?

WHAT IS AN ECHOCARDIOGRAM?

WHAT IS A STRESS TEST/NUCLEAR STRESS TEST?

WHAT ARE COLLATERAL ARTERIES?

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR CAD?

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK?

I THINK I AM HAVING A HEART ATTACK, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

I’VE RECENTLY HAD A HEART ATTACK AND SURVIVED, DOES THIS MEAN MY LIFE AS AN ACTIVE PERSON IS OVER?

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