A septal infarct is a patch of dying, dead or decaying tissue on the septum. It is important to note that the septum is a wall of tissue separating the right ventricle of the heart from the left ventricle.
Generally, it is brought about by poor blood supply during a heart attack. In most cases, the damage it causes is permanent.
What are the signs?
In most cases, a septal infarct is left unnoticed until detected during surgery or ECG.
The signs of a heart attack that result to a septal infarct can be minor that it is left unnoticed or the same as any heart attack such as:
- Arm or chest pain, achiness or pressure
- Neck, back or jaw pressure or pain
- Heartburn or indigestion
- Abdominal pain
- Cold sweat
- Shortness of breath
Management of septal infarct
If an individual had a septal infarct, the doctor will prescribe drugs to control the blood cholesterol level. In addition, adjustments to lifestyle are suggested such as:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Reducing the stress levels
- Regular exercise
- Reducing the intake of alcohol
- Limiting the intake of sodium and caffeine
- Avoiding tobacco products
In most cases, one will not know if he/she had a septal infarct unless it is detected during surgery or ECG. If diagnosed, the doctor will suggest the suitable lifestyle changes to reduce the risk for heart disease and heart attack. Drugs are also given to control the blood pressure or cholesterol level.