Originally Posted by sportsfantb
Thank you so much for the explanation! Do you know, is this something that can be treated with medication? Is surgery of some kind involved? I had a routine EKG and the finding was "Contour abnormality consistent with anteroseptal infarct, age unknown" I've been referred to a cardiologist, but can't get in for over a week and the not knowing is worrisome to say the least. Thank you!
Do you have diabetes?
The ECG suggests that you've had a small heart attack in the past that was either asymptomatic, or you had symptoms that were mild but the damage was done. The actual small heart attack can't be reversed; however, the cardiologist will do a number of investigations to assess your risk for this happening further, and then put you on medications to prevent this from happening again.
There are five major risk factors for heart attacks and they are:
High blood pressure
Family history of someone with coronary artery disease <65 in female relatives and <60 in male relatives
Four of those five are modifiable with a healthy diet, exercise and of course medications. You will also probably have an echocardiogram done to assess your heart's pump function and a stress test to see the further burden of atherosclerotic coronary disease you have.
Given that you've already had a small heart attack, at the very minimum you'll be put on a beta-blocker and aspirin. Other medications you're put on depends on what they see after they've investigated you.