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It's quite often said about people who suffer massive coronaries that "They were dead before they hit the ground".How can that be? Surely what happens is that the blood suddenly stops circulating. Why does that cause such sudden death? Would there not be enough oxygen in the body to keep the other organs, including the brain, functioning for a little while?
It's quite often said about people who suffer massive coronaries that "They were dead before they hit the ground".
Treatment to restore blood flow in the blocked coronary arteryThe part of the heart muscle starved of blood does not die ('infarct') immediately. If blood flow is restored within a few hours, much of the heart muscle that would have been damaged will survive. This is why an MI is a medical emergency, and treatment is given urgently. The quicker the blood flow is restored, the better the outlook. There are two treatments that can be done to restore blood flow back through the blocked artery.Emergency angioplasty is, ideally, the best treatment if it is available and can be done within a few hours of symptoms starting. In this procedure a tiny wire with a balloon at the end is put into a large artery in the groin or arm. It is then passed up to the heart and into the blocked section of a coronary artery using special x-ray guidance. The balloon is blown up inside the blocked part of the artery to open it wide again. A stent may be left in the widened section of the artery. A stent is like a wire mesh tube which gives support to the artery and helps to keep the artery widened. See leaflet called 'Angioplasty' for details.An injection of a 'clot busting' drug is an alternative to emergency angioplasty. In reality, this is the more common treatment as it can be given easily and quickly in most situations. Some ambulance crews are trained to give this treatment. Note: the common 'clot buster' drug used in the UK is called streptokinase. If you are given this drug you should not be given it again if you have another MI in the future. This is because antibodies develop to it and it will not work so well a second time. An alternative 'clot buster' drug should be given if you have another MI in the future.Both the above treatments usually work well to restore blood flow and greatly improve the outlook. The most crucial factor is the quickness in which one or other treatment is given after symptoms have developed.
So it's a big lie! [:0]
"We are in dire need of additional treatment options for sudden cardiac arrest because there is only a 5 percent to 7 percent survival rate using interventions we now have," said Bozeman, associate professor of emergency medicine.
I had a heart attack myself less than 3 months ago. I'm only 42, but it was a 100% blockage ...
I had a heart attack myself less than 3 months ago. I'm only 42, but it was a 100% blockage. I laid in bed for 3 hours in agony before seeking treatment. I kept waiting for the pain to go away, and when I realized it wasn't going to, I waited for a break in the pain where I could at least function. I was alert enough to drive myself to the hospital (not smart) and never lost consciousness. Long story short, I had a stent put in and have been OK since. They said the damage to my heart was minimal.I don't understand how their instances and mine could be so drastically different. ZERO blood flowing through a main artery on my heart for 3 hours and the only symptom was excruciating pain. Deep, hardcore agony.