Apnea And Heart Attack Management?

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I have an 86 year old grandmother, yesterday she had a stroke, no history of high blood pressure, but my grandmother is a heavy smoker maybe that’s why she had a stroke, five days after she was outpatient, my grandmother returned to the hospital diagnosed with a heart attack. What I ask, is it good at that age to put a ring for the heart ?. There is another, maybe every night when he sleeps, every 3 minutes he will definitely go back and forth waking up his breath gasping for breath, because in a sleeping position he feels like holding his breath / not inhaling. I searched the internet for the name Apnea, is it possible ?. And finally what is the best treatment for all of that ?. Thank you

1 Answer:

Hello, good morning Cahya.

The heart ring, or in the medical world it is known as a stent, is a tube-shaped device that is inserted into a blocked blood vessel so that the blocked blood vessel remains open and can still drain blood to the heart. This stent placement is usually done in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and patients with heart attacks.

Whether or not the choice of heart ring placement is good for your grandmother, you should immediately consult a heart specialist who treats your grandmother. There are several considerations that must be considered for the stent insertion procedure, for example, what percentage of blockage occurs, whether there are other heart problems, possible risks of action, and so on. Regarding old age, until now there haven't been many studies that mention its usefulness for people over 80 years old. However, elderly patients often have more severe coronary heart disease, which may require more staining and will benefit greatly. Some of the risks of having a heart ring include:

blood clotting, bleeding (especially in patients over 60 years of age) in the feet or hands where the catheter is inserted, heart attack, blood vessel damage, stroke, abnormal heart rhythm, etc.

Apnea (sleep apnea) is a condition when a person stops breathing during sleep. Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, frequent stopping of breathing and then gasping for breath, heavy and noisy breathing, difficulty sleeping soundly, waking up with a dry mouth / hoarse throat, etc. The causes include: obesity / excess body weight, age over 40 years, nasal congestion, smoking, heart problems, stroke, etc. Thus, it is necessary to find out the cause of your grandmother's sleep apnea, whether she has a cold that causes her nose to become blocked, is she overweight, or is apnea that occurs due to a stroke that makes your grandmother experience a decrease in consciousness so that the airway is closed by a tongue fall backwards, etc. Need a more complete examination by a doctor in person. To avoid sleep apnea, you can do, among others:

do not use sedatives and sleeping pills do not smoke avoid sleeping on your back and try to sleep on your side do not consume alcohol

I hope this helps,

Greetings, dr. Denisa

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