Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
190 Doctors are Online

Recently suffered massive heart attack, kindly help

My dearest friend: 64 year old female. Type 2 diabetes for 20 years. No exercise (but always *on the go*). Non smoker for life. Has eaten extremely healthy for 3.5 years prior (fruits, veggies, whole grains, fish, no fat or sugar, no alcohol ever, etc). Um, what else, oh double hip replacement about 15 years ago. Recently suffered massive heart attack . Doctor says she has 90% blockage in 3 arteries. Second Dr. concurs with diagnosis. Both say they won t operate because she won t survive the anesthesia. What are her chances? I m clueless in this matter. I just don t want my friend to die. Help. Hey Sarah, everyone. Ah this lady, I love her so much! We ve been friends for yonks. The doctors say she won t survive a general anesthesia. She won t give me any more detail than what I gave. She s at home right now in a hospital-type bed with 24 nurses. She s going by private ambulance to the nearest big city for a third opinion. I m just hurting. She s like a surrogate grandmother to my kids. She s the mother I never had.
Asked On : Thu, 17 Dec 2009
Answers:  1 Views:  202
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Procedures
Medical Topics
  User's Response
I hate to say, but if there is that much blockage, and, given her age, the docs are doing what is best for her. It would be too risky for everyone. Heart failure is different from a heart attack. I know, I've had 2 heart failures. A heart attack is altogether different, wherein the arteries are clogged with cholesterol, fat, and are narrowed to the point where blood can no longer flow to the heart properly. A heart attack can also be the result of other things, but the clogged arteries are a common cause. When there is a chance the arteries can be removed and replaced with one from the leg, that is an option, but if 3 of her arteries are that bad, I really, really, hate to say anything other than you may want to do what you can for her while she is in this situation. May God help you and place her in His care. I will pray for all.
Answered: Thu, 17 Dec 2009
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor