What causes a left ventricular aneurysm?

A left ventricular aneurysm forms when a section of the heart muscle in the left ventricle (the chamber of the heart that pumps blood to the body) stretches and become very thin. This often is caused by a heart attack and can leave portions of the heart muscle dead or damaged.

Where is a ventricular aneurysm more likely to occur?

Ventricular aneurysms are most common in the left ventricle, and as often called left ventricular aneurysm. The main concern for a patient with a left ventricular aneurysm is the possible reduction of the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the body, causing heart failure and death.

What is the most common complication following a myocardial infarction?

Ventricular free wall rupture. VFWR is the most serious complication of AMI. VFWR is usually associated with large transmural infarctions and antecedent infarct expansion. It is the most common cause of death, second only to LV failure, and it accounts for 15-30% of the deaths associated with AMI.

How is left ventricular aneurysm treated?

Many treatment methods are currently available for LVA, including drug therapy, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), and the treatment decision depends on the size of the LVA and degree of influence of the blood flow mechanics.

How long can you live with left ventricular failure?

The life expectancy for congestive heart failure depends on the cause of heart failure, its severity, and other underlying medical conditions. In general, about half of all people diagnosed with congestive heart failure will survive five years. About 30% will survive for 10 years.

How long can you live with myocardial infarction?

About 68.4 per cent males and 89.8 per cent females still living have already lived 10 to 14 years or longer after their first infarction attack; 27.3 per cent males, 15 to 19 years; and 4.3 per cent, 20 years or longer; of the females, one is alive 15 years, one 23 years and one 25 years or longer.

What is the main cause of a myocardial infarction?

The causes of myocardial infarction, or a heart attack, all involve some kind of blockage of one or more of the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries provide the heart with oxygenated blood, and if they become blocked, the heart will become oxygen starved, killing heart tissue and causing a heart attack.

Can a left ventricle be replaced?

Yes, left ventricular reconstructive surgery is major open-heart surgery, requiring the use of the heart-lung machine. Because you are already undergoing open heart surgery, your surgeon may also perform coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) and/or valve repair surgery, if needed.