How to spot a heart vessel that’s too small to get a heartbeat
Posted May 12, 2018 12:13:33A woman who suffered a heart attack and died from pneumonia in September is thought to have contracted a rare blood-clotting disorder, researchers said.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that doctors found the woman, who died Sept. 18, had a large blood clot near the left ventricle.
She had the disorder, called clots of unknown origin, which is characterized by a large amount of fluid in the blood.
The clot blocked a portion of the artery.
Researchers are trying to determine how much of the clot had to do with the heart’s heart rate.
In the early stages, it is common for a person to develop clots that cause heart failure or die.
When the condition worsens, it can be life-threatening.
Doctors have known about the condition for decades, but rarely in patients younger than 55.
It is not known how many patients develop the condition, but a study published in July 2018 in the American Heart Journal showed more than 200,000 people in the U.S. have the condition.
The symptoms include shortness of breath, shallow breathing, chest pain, shortness or weakness of the neck, difficulty breathing, a slight swelling of the left or right side of the chest, or a rapid pulse.
In some patients, the clot may be so small that it does not block the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the heart.
If the clot is too large to get blood flowing, the heart will stop beating, according to the American College of Cardiology.
Doctors do not know how many people have it, but the most common cause is an infection, and many patients do not have symptoms.