Saturday, September 24, 2011
Stress Cardiomyopathy vs Heart Attack
So with all this information, I'm sure you're wondering how to tell the difference between a broken heart and a heart attack, right? When running tests after experiencing the related symptoms, there will be a few factors that will differ between the two types of patients. In the instance of a heart attack, an angiogram will show blockage in the heart valves and arteries; cardiomyopathy patients will show none. Blood tests for heart attack patients show elevated levels of cardiac enzymes; cardiomyopathy patients show regulated blood levels. MRI scans show permanent, irreversible damage to the heart muscles; cardiomyopathy patients show temporary, reversible damage. And lastly, a heart attack patient may take weeks, even months, to recover. Whereas a cardiomyopathy patient will have a full recovery within the scope of two weeks.