Tommy Lasorda Health
Published: June 8, 2012
Tommy Lasorda Health, Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, who retired as Dodgers manager after a heart attack in 1996, had a āmild heart attackā Monday while in New York City. He is 84, and reports say he had a stent inserted to clear a blocked coronary artery and is resting stably and comfortably at a hospital in New York City.
What is a āmild heart attack,ā anyway? āA āmild heart attackā is like being a little bit pregnant — itās still a heart attack,ā said cardiologist Dr. Robert Greenfield, chairman of medicine at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley. (As well as a general cardiologist, Greenfield is a “lipidologist,” an expert in cholesterol management.)
A heart attack is a lay term for acute damage to the heart caused by a sudden blockage somewhere in the left or right branches of the coronary artery tree, Greenfield explained. It generally happens after rupture of cholesterol-rich plaque that has built up in the arteries. That rupture triggers a blood clot, which can block an artery.
If blood canāt get down that branch, the heart muscle is starved of oxygen. āLike any part of the body, it will get injured, and part of the muscle could die — so it becomes an urgent matter to get that patient into a hospital facility to do an angiogram, identify which artery is blocked and then go after it,ā Greenfield said.
Angioplasty and stents: To unblock an artery, angioplasty is performed: A catheter is sn*e* into a coronary artery, usually from the groin, to the site of the blocked artery. A balloon at the end of the catheter is inflated to expand the artery, and a stent is then usually inserted to keep the artery open and unblocked. (Los Angeles Times)
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