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Heart Attack

A heart attack is caused when there is a sudden blockage of any artery of the heart, cutting off the oxygen supply and causing the heart muscle to die. The warning signs of a heart attack are chest pain, sweating, nausea, fatigue, and trouble breathing. The risk factors include obesity, smoking, stress, and high cholesterol levels.

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Why do the pulse rate and CO2 levels spike after a heart attack?

Query: Hi doctor, A few days ago, he experienced a heart attack and was subsequently admitted to the hospital. While initially showing signs of improvement, this morning, his pulse rate spiked to 160 bpm, and there is an increase in CO2 levels. Since then, he has been unconscious and is currently on a ven...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Sad to know about him. Raised CO2 and Low O2 in blood is type 2 respiratory failure. Ventilatory support is provided till the acute issue resolves like respiratory tract infection, exacerbation of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...  Read Full »

Recently, my father had second heart attack and a stent is placed. Please suggest your opinion.

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 62 years old and he had a second heart attack recently. The first one was before seven years and a stent is placed. Now again a stent is placed in the left circumflex artery. His recent ECHO report shows diastolic dysfunction of grade 1, with mild mitral regurgitation and tr...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I feel sorry to hear about your father's health condition. When a person gets a heart attack, then it is necessary to follow a lifestyle modification, and medications are needed to be taken. He should eat a healthy diet like a Mediterranean diet. It is low in cholesterol,...  Read Full »

My family has a history of diabetes and heart attack due to blood clots. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, My family has a history of diabetes. My dad died from a heart attack resulting from a blood clot. Should I be worried about any possible heart condition or diabetes? Please help me with this, doctor. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It would be best to be more careful than the general population without a family history of these diseases. Adapt preventive measures to delay or halt the development of these diseases in the future. Remember, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are fertile soil for develo...  Read Full »

My 55-year-old father recovered from a heart attack and brain stroke but his BP levels are low. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,My father is 55 years old. He had a heart attack last month and the doctors did an angioplasty immediately. He got discharged a week later, and after four days, we met the doctor again for a check-up, and the doctor said his BP level was low so they needed to admit him again for Norad to c...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. I feel sorry for your father. He had had a major heart attack which made his heart so weak that it could not generate blood pressure. After primary angioplasty, BP (blood pressure) may recover in a few days. H...  Read Full »

My dad, 90 years had a heart attack. What is the best treatment?

Query: Hi doctor,My dad is 90 years old and had a heart attack 10 days back. His echocardiography is showing 25 to 28 % and severe MR. He was hospitalized on oxygen support due to pulmonary edema and his creatinine was 2.1%. Is angiography and angioplasty or other invasive procedure helpful or conservative...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sorry to hear your father had a heart attack. As per hospital notes from the attached reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), his presentation was late. In cases of late presentation, if the patient has no chest pain, and no severe shortness of ...  Read Full »

How to improve heart function after a stent placement?

Query: Hello doctor,My mother had a heart attack four years back. She had a blockage of the left ascending artery and got it surgically corrected with a stent. She is also a diabetic patient. So please suggest to me how to improve her heart function with medicines. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Heart muscle weakens after a heart attack if the patient is noncompliant with medicines. However, after a heart attack, if timely angioplasty or bypass is done and medicines are taken as prescribed, then the weakenin...  Read Full »

Is angiography necessary for an inferior heart attack?

Query: Hello doctor, My 63-year-old father's ECG (electrocardiogram) and echocardiogram report shows that he got an inferior heart attack. Does it require angiography?  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It depends upon symptoms and when the attack occurred. Send me his ECG (electrocardiogram) and echocardiography. What were his symptoms? Also, details of his medications. Thank you.  Read Full »

My brother is critical due to a heart attack. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My brother is having cardiac valve disease and he is currently still in critical condition after recovering from a cardiac arrest. The doctor told us that his blood pressure is too low (average 40mmHg) and is too dangerous to do surgery. However, it is also not safe if we just wait ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you mean from a valve, a blockage in the artery, then treatment is immediate angioplasty. This will open arteries and blood supply to heart muscles will restore and blood pressure may improve. If you mean from the valve, the real valve like the mitral or aortic va...  Read Full »

Why do I have paranoid ideas about a heart attack?

Query: Hi doctor, I have little experience in cardio health and am sending this message to tell the story of my heart attacks and seek advice and information. I had heavy, dull chest pain for at least six months before the heart attack recently. High blood pressure was recorded the weekend before stage 3 h...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your hypertension is fundamental as you are prescribed antihypertensive, but the pain you described and the treatment you received does not look cardiac. Please send me your ECG (electrocardiogram), blood reports, and another workup so I can g...  Read Full »

Can anyone explain my mother's echo report stating reduced diastolic compliance?

Query: Hello doctor,I want to know about the echocardiography report of my mother. It says regional wall motion abnormality. Dilated LV cavity, moderate left ventricular systolic dysfunction with reduced diastolic compliance. No pulmonary arterial hypertension. Please explain.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Does she have diabetes or hypertension? Does she have any history of heart attack or angina? Please tell me what medicines is she taking? There is an abnormality in the echo (echocardiogram).  Read Full »

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