Heart Disease: Understanding risk and warnings

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UL head baseball coach Tony Robichaux suffered a heart attack last Sunday, and is currently in ICU in a New Orleans hospital in critical condition.

Following this story for the past week has brought to the forefront heart issues and how quickly they can strike.

Joining me is Kyle Lavergne, a nurse practitioner with Cardiovascular Institute of the South.

Kyle, I think there’s a pre-conception about who is or isn’t most likely to have a heart attack? (talk about the most “typical” heart attack patient. Is it a 62-year-old male, average height and weight with a family history? Is it a 52-year-old woman, overweight with no history?)

Is there such a thing as a “mild heart attack?”

In terms of treatment post-heart attack, if open heart surgery is necessary, how dangerous is it and what sorts of complications are most common?

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