WHAT IS A HEART ATTACK?
A heart attack is when you have a sudden occlusion of one of the vessels providing blood supply to the heart. If prolonged, this event causes death of part of the cardiac muscle with partial loss of function. The more cardiac muscle damage, the more severe the clinical implications.
When this emergent condition develops, the patient needs to be transferred immediately to the hospital where our cardiac team will reopen the vessel (see angioplasty). Unfortunately, if not detected in time, a heart attack can cause heart failure (see heart failure).
What is my quality of life after a heart attack?
The answer is largely dependent on the severity of the damage the heart muscle withstood. For the most part, people can live a happy life if they comply with the treatment. This entails taking the prescribed medication, making certain lifestyle adjustments, and being committed to improving their health.