Hi my mother had a heart attack, what is it

What is this attack?

A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked. The blockage is most often a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances, which form a plaque in the arteries that feed the heart (coronary arteries).

Sometimes, a plaque can rupture and form a clot that blocks blood flow. The interrupted blood flow can damage or destroy part of the heart muscle.

A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, can be fatal, but treatment has improved dramatically over the years.

Like any other organ, the heart (which is itself a muscle) needs a constant supply of oxygen to live. This oxygen is provided to the heart by blood vessels called the coronary arteries. These arteries are very fine; they branch off the aorta, the main blood vessel in the body, and form a network of veins that carry blood to all parts of the heart. A heart attack is an event in which substances that have built up in the coronary arteries over time forma clot that blocks this blood flow. When this occurs, it can disrupt the heart’s ability to pump blood throughout the body.

'she ok ?

She had a heart surgery and came home yesterday, and it was a success according to doctors. Shes 75 so shes very weak now, but is expected to recover fully! Thanks for your answers, sorry for the late delay, ive been in a waiting state for a while…

That’s good news!
And a little surprising. 75 is pretty old to be having surgery of any kind. The doctors must have believed that she could benefit greatly in order to justify such a big risk. Which I believe bodes well.



This is simply not true. Heart surgery even among 80-year-olds is increasingly common, and the number of years it adds to life are the same as for younger patients.

And that’s heart surgery. Plenty of people age 75 and over have had hip replacements and other orthopedic surgeries.

Forgive me if this doesn’t describe you, but there’s a tendency on the part of many people to think of everyone who’s old as equally old, and that’s not the case. There are as many years between a 60-year-old and a 90-year-old as there are between a 15-year-old and a 45-year-old.
In fact, age 75 is considered just barely beyond "young old" (65-74).

OP, glad your mom is doing well. Wishing her years of good health ahead!

That has not been my experience.
Both of my parents in their late 70’s were warned off of anything that wasn’t emergent.

I’m sorry that was the case. Medical views on aging, as on so many other things, have changed, and of course, medical technology has, too, thank heavens.

We haven’t established exactly what “a heart surgery” was.
Could be a full-on bypass or it could have just been putting in a stent, one of those things is pretty much outpatient ‘surgery’ these days.

Nono it wanst an open heart… It was somethin she doesnt even know, around the neck area for some reason…

So I assume then, it was the balloon treatment - insert inflatable device in an artery, thread to near the heart and inflate momentarily to open up a blocked artery. My dad had this done in his early 80’s. (Angioplasty?)

One common complaint about women who have heart attacks is that they may go undiagnosed for a while - quite often, unlike men, they don’t have the “clutch your chest in pain and keel over” symptoms, often just extreme tiredness. Since heart attacks are more often something men seem to have (and at an earlier age) this may not cause proper medical treatment to be sought in time.

Hope she recovers quickly. Good luck!