how high is risk of heart attack (sudden cariac death) if basic hearth tests are ok?

i heard there is still considerable risk of sudden cardiac death although my EKG/ECG as well as Echocardiogram as well as blood tests (cholestrol levels) look good. ….

…reason being plaque in coronary arteries can be high regardless of good results of above mentioned tests.

is it true? if so, how to early detect such risks ?

2 Responses to “how high is risk of heart attack (sudden cariac death) if basic hearth tests are ok?”

  1. adam/penny Says:

    being a heart patient myself i wouldn't think it to be high. i suffer from the same disease, and it would be my thought that if your cardiologist thought you were at high risk they would have recommended you to get a pacemaker/defibrillator
    which would be a help should that occur. i have one but have been a heart patient for the last 14 years. have 9 stents and have had quadrupole heart bi-pass, and one heart attack.
    my thought to you would be that if you start felling chest pains
    get to an e-r right away or call for an ambulance. the ambulance would probably be best. take two 325 mg. aspirin
    those tests you were given are Pretty good at showing weather you're in trouble or not. ask them weather or not you should carry nitroglycerin tabs with you at all time just in case. if they say it's not a bad idea ask them to prescribe them that they come in a four pack of 25 tabs per bottle. that way you can keep some in different locations just in case. that's what i do.
    OHHHHH i didn't mention all the medications I'm on. it's a lot.
    stress is one of the problems. have you done a stress test?
    if you have and nothing showed up your probably o.k. at this time.
    good luck.

  2. Laurence W Says:

    Yes that is true. Overall risk is about 2.5 – 3 % of the population per year. You cut your risk by 1/3 by taking an 81 mg Aspirin every day. Further by doing many other diet and lifestyle adjustments

    My doctor said to go enjoy my vacation after an ok ekg in his office showed nothing after 5 minutes of mild angina in his office. Three weeks later, to the day, I had an emergency triple bypass, and doctors were not sure I would survive long enough to HAVE the operation. My three major arteries were 99%, 99% and 80% blocked. They could not believe I walked into the ER with heavy unstable angina. A doctor in Nicaragua provided me with nitrogylcerin and lopressor, the first line medications he could provide based on my chest pain symptoms. They saved my life.

    Blockages are somewhat detectable by some external scans.

    Angiogram is an x-ray video of dye going through the cardiac arteries. It gives a precise image of the arteries, any any damage and blockage to them.

    For those who suffer a heart attack, at present time a little over half will die from that first heart attack. It will be the first indication they had that there was a problem.

    If worried about a heart attack, go immediately to a low fat heart healthy diet, and see your doctor. Start a gentle exercise program. Any pain or breathlessness, tell your doctor.

    My only indicator was my father's heart attack at a similar age, I was doing most other things right, but not all.