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Onlinedoc, General Physician
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What happens when part of the heart is not working or is d

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What happens when part of the heart is not working or is dead?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 7 years ago.
The medical term for the area of dead muscle is called the "infarct."
It is caused due to coronary artery blockage(artery supplies to heart)causing ischemia and lack of oxygen to heart which can result in Coronary artery disease and even heart attack (myocardial infarction).
It is an emergency condition.
So it is always advised to visit ER ASAP for further evaluation and management.
The remaining, healthy tissue must take over the job of pumping blood, an extra burden that may weaken the heart's pumping ability.

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I suggest to consult your doctor for further management
I hope it 'll help you.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

It is a family member that has had a heart attack and did not know it. The Dr. said today that part of his heart was dead. In two weeks he will have more tests and they will figure out what to do. Is this something that there is a good chance for recovery? Two weeks seems like a long time between appointments, am I right?

Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 7 years ago.
Probably further investigations are required under the care of a cardiologist to assess the exact damage caused which may include Echo cardiography etc .
The patient should be seen at a hospital setting at the earliest for further management .
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